Friday, January 17, 2014

S-P-I-C-E-S For Your Shelf


     SPICE is more than the salt and pepper that you use to flavor your food in the kitchen. The       acronym also stands for the Quaker testimonies; Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, and Equality that Quakers have lived by for hundreds of years.
     Friends think of these testimonies as shared convictions and guides for living to help shape communities. But did you know that in the last decade, another “S” was added to the mix to make   SPICES?
     That “S” is for Stewardship. The idea of stewardship as a way of protecting and caring for the Earth in an economically and socially  sustainable ways is thousands of years old. It came back into prominence in the 1970s in response to the various  environmental issues that we face in the modern world as a way to encourage people to be mindful about how their   actions affect global sustainability. 
     Stewardship combines practices from the other Quaker testimonies. To be good stewards in the world calls on us to examine and consider the ways  in which our testimonies for simplicity, peace, integrity and equality interact to guide our relationships with nature as well as with other      people.  It means to walk lightly on the Earth. That can mean doing something good for the Earth like recycling and reusing whenever possible or promoting greener living. 
Simply put, Stewardship is about managing the way we use our resources to build better communities with nature in mind.
Trenton Hython, 2013 Summer Associate

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