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“The most common way people give up their power is by 2) Relational Practices which help us come out of sustainable planet for all. 5) Mentoring
and nurturing a culture of

thinking they don’t have any.” - Alice Walker denial, despair and isolation into spiritual communities b) We are practicing sharing our stories and motivation Mutual-Mentoring to consciously and intentionally
As people of faith drawing inspiration from ecology, capable of taking courageous action for the recovery of for action whenever appropriate opportunities arise. In develop leadership capacity for the recovery of human
progressive Christian faith, recovery movements, and human life and the healing of God’s creation. the process, we become more confident of the ways God life and the healing of God’s creation

grassroots relational organizing, we seek recovery to right- a) We are engaging in Intentional Relational can use our stories to inspire recovery for human life and
a) We are Watching for Opportunities to Mentor and to
relationship with God and the spiritual/relational power God Conversations (One-to-One’s) to recover our healing for God’s creation

Be Mentored, discerning which opportunities best align
offers. We are reclaiming the term “leadership” as the capacity relatedness to others within our larger communities. In c) We are publicly sharing our stories and visions for the with our own gifts and call

for God’s power of love to be enacted as compassion and this way we develop leaders and identify potential issues future. Discovering that our personal stories can be both
justice through us for the sake of the world. To support b) We are Seeking Mentors and/or Mutual Mentors at
for collective action. instructive and inspiring for others, we are seeking
ourselves and our faith communities in taking courageous every stage of life to help us develop a deeper sense of our
b) We are seeking authentic, mutual Relationships with opportunities to tell our stories publicly, practicing them
public action for the recovery of human life and the healing of call and a greater capacity to live it out

the most vulnerable and oppressed and those who in advance, and requesting feedback from others

God’s creation, we engage in the following practices: c) We are Serving as a Mentor to those whose vocation and
dwelled on this land before we did. We learn about the d) We are organizing opportunities for our stories to
leadership development we are called to nurture

ways in which injustice to the land is typically linked to make public impact on policies and collective practices
1) Spiritual Grounding which realigns our lives with injustice to its peoples and the ways in which which impinge upon God’s living earth. We creatively d) We are Rediscovering how to most effectively Mentor
the life-giving patterns of God’s creation. environmental injustice enacts oppression. We seek to bear witness to God’s vision of a world in which Others by intentionally learning & cultivating this lost art

a) We are reclaiming the Bible and re-imagining our become visible allies with one another by examining our compassion is expressed in every dimension of life

theological traditions to inspire compassionate action in disproportionate resources and privileges and using them
with thoughtfulness, transparency and respect. 6) Conscious Leadership Development to generate
service of the diversity, interdependence and well-being of
4) Rhythms of Engagement expressed through a vast & rich ecosystem of courageous leaders capable
all of God’s creation. c) We are organizing focused Listening Seasons in which
of taking public action for the common good

b) We are engaging in spiritual practices which help us a group or congregation conducts multiple one-to-one Action-Reflection-Evaluation-Sabbath. We
conversations over several weeks to discern common reduce depletion and burn out by realigning our a) We are Modeling Interest in our own leadership
see ourselves within God’s evolving universe and
concerns, ideas, and themes arising from members of our rhythms with creation’s regenerative cycles. development and the development of others by
reconnect us to an earth-honoring faith. In particular,
communities, including those who are often invisible and explicitly naming the God-given gifts, call, struggles, and
a) We are organizing Public Actions which are
• we practice silence and presence with God, ourselves, investment we see in ourselves and that which we see in
discounted. creative, bold and strategic in reducing injustice and
one another and God’s creation; others. We risk inviting and offering feedback for the
d) We are Reflecting in Groups to discern together what promoting the health and resilience of the greater
• we practice abstinence and gratitude, turning from purpose of growth

our one-to-one conversations are revealing to us. By so community of life

patterns destructive to ourselves, community and b) We are Risking Failure. We affirm one another’s
doing, we generate the motivation and capacity to act b) We are Reflecting on our leadership efforts and
creation in order to participate in all that gives life. courage in stepping out into uncharted territory,
together for the common good. public actions within our families, congregations, and
• we sing and make music to reconnect with creativity, celebrating how mistakes and failures provide rich

emotion, our bodies, creation, and one another; opportunities for growth throughout creation

3) Telling Our Stories to inspire life-giving change. c) We are Evaluating each public action we take
• we spend time in the natural world to be nurtured by c) We are Inviting Others Explicitly. We regularly and
together, celebrating our successes and identifying
God’s creation and learn to become literate in the a) We are becoming curious about our own stories. We personally invite others into developmentally appropriate
specific areas for growth

“languages” of God’s living earth. are claiming responsibility to educate ourselves about the leadership roles, even when this takes more time and
c) We are learning to lead spiritual practices that enable ways our personal journeys have been shaped by the d) We are Keeping Sabbath, pausing to delight in our energy than doing it ourselves

others to reconnect with God, themselves, one another, stories of our families, ancestors, communities, cultures, relationships with human communities and all of
d) We are Learning to Teach interested others how to:
and the larger community of life. economies, political systems, societal institutions, faith God’s creation before moving onto the next daily,
uncover and awaken the power hidden within their own
traditions, land, and the 13.8 billion-year unfolding of weekly or monthly cycle of action

d) We are planning and leading public worship and stories; understand the larger stories of systems that
rituals that reconnect us with the sacredness of creation God’s universe. We are becoming literate about the ways influence us; and locate all those stories within the great
and God’s particular love for the oppressed. these various stories do or do not contribute to a story: the unfolding of God’s abundant life in creation

Why do we engage with others in Practices for Awakening Leadership? Sample Meeting Format Utilizing the Practices EcoFaith Recovery
(Make sure everybody has a copy of the Practices for
Like millions around the world who find commonality with those seeking recovery from the Awakening Leadership so leaders can reference which For the Recovery of Human Life
destructive effects of growing up in addictive and dysfunctional systems, we in EcoFaith Recovery Practice the group is engaging in whenever possible. and the Healing of God’s Creation
Each Corresponding Practice is in Parenthesis below.)
discovered that we also had many experiences in common. While understanding that not all of these
0:00 Lead a Spiritual Grounding Exercise (Practice #1)

characteristics describe all of us, many of us experienced the following:
• We found that we were not spiritually grounded, that our current institutional faith practices were not
Ideally, this Practice would connect people to this
meeting’s purpose

Practices for
sufficiently rooting us to weather the storms (ecological, economic, social, political and spiritual) of
0:10 Sharing of a Story (#3) - One Person shares a brief
climate change and ecological degradation. story about his/her experience related to this meeting’s
purpose or any one of the Practices (revealing how any
We often felt overwhelmed by the incessant bad news, finding ourselves either compulsively acting
Fall 2014

Practice grounds or facilitates public action for the
to “fix” the problem or “checking out” emotionally. recovery of human life and healing of God’s creation.)
• We sought ways to get involved in actions or activities of our congregations and local organizations, 0:15 One-to-One Conversations (#2) in response to the
but sometimes left these experiences and meetings feeling more isolated than when we came. story that was just shared. [20 minutes is even better!]
• We found ourselves exhausted and “burned out” by actions and activities, even and especially from 0:30 Full Group Sharing – (#2) Briefly share any
those that were for a “good cause.” significant insights that arose during the one-to-one’s

0:35 Rhythms of Engagement (#4) – Indicate whether
• We kept our feelings of grief, fear and anger inside for lack of a community that could hold and
this meeting’s primary focus is Preparing for Action,
honor the emotional impact that climate change and ecological degradation were having on us. Engaging in Reflection, Participating in Evaluation, or
Celebrating Sabbath. Proceed forward with that agenda

• We found that we were unconsciously allowing fear of disapproval to keep us from taking risks for
[Plan for more time here and a longer meeting, if desired.]
the sake of our own development and for the healing of creation

1:15 Read aloud one or more of the Practices from
• We struggled but failed to find words to explain why taking action for the sake of the healing of Mentoring (#5) or Conscious Leadership Development
God’s creation was deeply important to us, thus increasing our isolation and feeling of being (#6). Discuss together how those present would like to
overwhelmed. engage that Practice in the coming week

• We believed that we had no unique gifts to offer our congregation or the larger environmental 1:25 Spiritual Grounding Practice to conclude (#1)
movement, that we were not leaders, and not worthy of investing in our own development, unless we 1:30 Close the Meeting
were prepared to stand up and lead a big group

• We believed that we had no story, that we had no wisdom, that we had no power, that we were

fundamentally victims of a system rather than actors within it

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In response to experiences like these, we are coming together and engaging in the Practices described the
here. In the process, we are recovering our true vocation as people of faith and citizens of earth. EcoFaith Recovery
PO Box 12612, Portland, OR 97212
We welcome you to join us.
Printed on recycled paper. Please reuse. - Vs 5.3 – 9.14.2014


“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” - Alice Walker As people of faith drawing inspiration from ecology,

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