Report on Global Change Consultation at Waitemata North Monthly Meeting


Question 1: How has Global change affected our communities and ourselves?

Awareness
Has made us more aware of the problems in our world
New political mindset is being created
We are aware that climate patterns are changing
It has overtaken our lives
Less permance and certainties in life
Created a fear mentality which is disabling and self perpetuating
Changes in our view of the future
Conscious of being pushed into a corner and fbeing forced to react
Feel it hasn’t affected my life very much

Communication
More compassionate as we see major events unfold in real time
Beneficial change from technological communication
Instant and easy communication video/skype calling internet
Increase of information availability and speed of it

Financial
Increased prices in all items particularly petrol
Financial repercussions
GDP increase effects the whole country
Global economic downturn results in a glut of products which people can’t afford
Global economic recession causes poverty and the collapse of life styles.

Community
Change in climate affects all resources in local communities ie floods and earthquakes strain economic and insurance resources causing stress and can cost human lives.
Global change refugees
Communities become more multicultural and more globally mobile

Travel and use of resources
Leave car at home more often – use more public transport
Think about travel / consuming in a different way
Recycling becoming a big feature locally in the Kaitaia community
Development of a different concept of time when relying on public transport

Question 2: What actions have we taken in response to global change as experienced in our area, to express our responsibilities towards all creation? In what ways have my own activities or those of my community contributed to positive or adverse local and global change?

We have acted positively by:


Making careful and responsible decisions about new buildings and renovations eg installing solar hot water, passive energy systems, double glazing, rain water storage and recycling. Eco housing options with small carbon footprints


Downsizing and improving daily living by commmunity sharing of goods and consumables.Quaker simplicity of living really comes into its own this way


Choosing a lifestyle which shares resources


Choosing not to use car; car pooling or using a bus/train/boat instead


Growing fruit and vegetables on available land


Using permaculture to grow alternative many crops together


Disposing of waste by composting, recycling and reusing automatically, not as an additional choice


Buying local products whenever possible


Avoiding buying products with extensive packaging


Turning off lights and appliances when not in use


Supporting community clean-ups


Acting ethically and in accordance with our testimonies


Providing aid to refugees

We have acted negatively by:


Travelling for work rather than using electronic communication


Travelling internationally by air


Implementing solutions that cause more problems – eg bio fuel and monoculture of veggie oil


Consumption based on need not greed/want


Lots of inaction – Paralysis

Question 3: How do changes around us affect our relationship with God? How does my relationship with God affect my responses to the changes around us?


Changes support the belief that we can see good in everyone and everything


Relationships with God give us more responsibility to take action


More awareness due to relationships with God


No difference with relationship to God because of change


Show us the interconnectedness of all things eg chicken and egg

What role does faith have in my life and in the life of my communiy?


Be accountable yourself, and hold others accountable also


As a faith community being willing to give up enough of our selves for this accountability to happen


Too much information sometimes not allowing head space


Faith gives hope


Communication globally enhances discussion and growth, nurturing our spiritual journey


Busyness can detract from spiritual life


Like minded people supportive community – not left feeling you are the only one

In what ways do I and my Friends church or meeting community bear witness to our Testimonies in out daily lives?

The way in which we live reflects out testimonies and beliefs


Let our lives speak


We try to take responsibility for our response to changes – letters to parliament


Support each other particularly in times of loss and grief


Our meeting helps people who cannot cope


Do we live our lives we do because of our faith/relationships with god or is our faith such because of how we choose to live our lives\?

Question 4: What stories and experiences from past times of catastrophic happenings such as major droughts-perhaps from Scripture, perhaps the record of regional or local events – might inspire us to respond to the changes the world is facing today?

Parents who lived through he depression influenced their children to conserve, learning that the world is not “disposable”


Hardship/disaster can become an opportunity for change


2nd World War UK sufficiency – able to survive.


Be prepared for future survival Joseph feast and famine


Following the Christchurch earthquake there was immediate global help from UK, Japan and Australia. As Cantabrians worked to help themselves recover from the disaster national and international aid showed great compassion and brought hope.


Humanity survived before. There is hope. Desire to help creates hope


Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor disasters showed us how important it is to prepare for disaster and care longtoerm for our planet.


The story of Cuba is inspiring (survival)


Abundance leads to acceptance of a “disposable” society and complacency.

Question 5: How can we bear witness to the abundance God offers us and testify to the world about ways in which justice, compassion and peace may address significant disruption, stress and tension?

We all share in God’s abundance whatever we believe and disaster reawakens our sense of justice compassion and peace towards all others


Through the way we live our lives and being aware that how we live our life reflects Gods abundance
Voicing our testimonies


Solving conflict/difficulties by seeing that of God in all those we deal with


Deep and active listening


Gratitude thankfulness


Putting your money where your mouth is and giving aid –philanthropy


Believing there is enough and that is self perpetuating


Good stewardship of resources


Fair trade/ ethical consumerism/ ethical investment


Supporting refugees –from violent conflict, economic and environmental devestation

Question 6: How can we support one another in rekindling our love and respect for God’s creation in such a way that we are messangers of the transforming power of love and hope?

By worshiping together


By using the spirit of empowerment found in meetings for worship, rekindling our love and respect for god’s creation and strengthening our belief in our testimonies.


By personal commitment


By doing what we can do in our own “patch” – composting


By educating ourselves and others beyond Quakers to perceive and question the world around us


By creating ways to integrate refugees into our society, nationally and internationally


By actively looking to suppport people and each other emotionally, spiritually, financially( QIET -Dolphin Loans) so don’t lose hope and become cynical


Have a long term view rather than quick fixes that may then cause further problems. .

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