The Eco-Activist–Newsletter


The Eco-Activist:
Eco-Spirituality and
Newsletter No. 1, Nov. 2015


The Eco-Activist: Eco-Spirituality and Eco-Ministries Newsletter” is distributed by The Interspiritual Network and its Self Care to Earth Care Eco-Spirituality website, in partnership with Forum 21 Institute, as a service to all those in the interfaith and interspiritual global discussions dedicated to care of GAIA, Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.

As summarized in The Eco-Activist’s editors Yanni Maniates and Kurt Johnson’s “Feature” article at Self Care to Earth Care (HERE), the interspiritual vision originating with Br. Wayne Teasdale and the Eco-Spiritual visions of Frs. Thomas Berry and Teilhard de Chardin have become inseparable.  They are an integral part of the visions of great trans-traditional leaders from across “The Four Directions” of our indigenous peoples: West, East, North and South.

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The PURPOSE of this newsletter is to inform eco-ministers, eco-activists, and eco-aficianados, across the globe’s interfaith and interspiritual discussions, about “what is going on” and to initiate an ongoing RESOURCE section for our Self Care to Earth Care Website. 




.  In July 2015, The Interspiritual Network, Forum 21 Institute and The Althea Center for Engaged Spirituality sponsored the From Self Care to Earth Care events across Colorado.  

VIDEOS.  Ken Wilber‘s presentation from this event has garnered more than 11,000 views at YouTube.  You can enjoy this inspiring video HERE.

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Further, you can review the event itself HERE.  


Huffington Post feature: “Major Shifts in Science Challenge Religions, and Especially Their Activists” by Rory McEntee, Mirabai Starr, Kurt Johnson, Rick Clugston and Adam Bucko.  Click HERE.

Huffington Post feature on the UN Sustainable Development Goals by Herman Greene, Kurt Johnson, Rick Clugston and Bernard Starr. Click HERE.


Photos: Above, interfaith eco-spiritual colleagues mobilize at the Parliament of the World’s Religions to (below) create support for the Paris Climate Summit.  Each ribbon represents an organization mobilizing for Paris

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The RESOURCES section of the Newsletter will create a permanent record, housed at the From Self Care to Earth Care website, on the breadth of eco-spirituality and eco-ministry activities across the world’s interfaith and interspiritual communities.  Below are initial major information links on this urgent subject.  

Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
The Center for Earth Ethics unites environmentalism with religious and humanist moral concerns. Goals of the Center for Earth Ethics (CEE) include facilitating practical partnerships between secular and faith-based environmental leaders; encouraging deeper engagement in ecological issues among religious communities and “spiritual but not religious” people; and developing better indicators for well-being than short-term economic growth.

Climate Portal
An enormous, exhaustive resource of information in numerous media formats on the effects of global warming and climate change and how to take action and educate others.Creation Justice Ministries
Creation Justice Ministries educates, equips and mobilizes Christian communions/denominations, congregations and individuals to protect, restore, and rightly share God’s Creation with a particular concern for the vulnerable and marginalized.Eco-Justice Ministries
Eco-Justice Ministries is an independent, ecumenical agency that helps churches answer the call to care for all of God’s creation, and develop ministries that are faithful, relevant and effective in working toward social justice and environmental sustainability.

GreenFaith: Interfaith Partners for the Environment
GreenFaith’s mission is to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. They believe that protecting the earth is a religious value, and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility. They offer numerous inter-faith, educational, practical and social justice resources for religious institutions to incorporate into their ministries.

The Green Seminary Initiative
Connects and provides strategies, guidance and educational materials for theological school faculty, staff, and students who wish to “green” their schools, communities and public ministry. Over 50 seminaries are involved.

Please note that the websites you see in this issue and ones we will recommend in future issues will all be archived at the Self-Care to Earth-Care site HERE.

Also, if you would like to recommend sites for us to list in future issues of The Eco-Activist, please send your suggestions to:

Posted as a Courtesy to Eco-MinistersAn Eco-spiritual Ordination Option Through Divine Mission

Divine Mission is a non-profit 501c3 spiritual organization ( ) created to empower truth-seekers to discover their divine mission through yogic transformation.  Two Divine Mission members were ordained as Eco-ministers in 2014 and this has led to considerable “eco-spiritual” activity both in this country and abroad.  An Eco-ministry branch of Divine Mission is now being developed to add its support to the emerging movement of environmental-spiritual activism.  All those interested in Eco-ministry are welcome to contact Divine Mission through the above website or they can contact Dr. David Mitchell:


The Interspiritual Network at Coalition for One Voice

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