EarthSong eNotes October 2017

Image: Bogong High Plains
Photo credit: Noelene Kelly



 In reality, there is a single integral community of Earth that includes all its component members whether human or other than human.  In this community every being has its own role to fulfil, its own dignity, its own inner spontaneity.  Every being has its own voice.  Every being declares itself to the entire universe.  Every being enters into communion with other beings...

In every phase of our imaginative, aesthetic, and emotional lives we are profoundly dependent on this larger context of the surrounding world.    Thomas Berry

What might change if we lived as if this were true?


What’s on

October 2nd World Habitat Day

The theme for 2017 is Sustainable Housing.  Whilst the official site is focused on housing of humans the day also offers an opportunity for each of us to pay attention to the habitats of the more than human world.  Who is living in your backyard, your local neighbourhood park?  How conducive is the local ecosystem to life’s diverse flourishing?


Latest Eco-Spirituality series at the Open Door

17, 24 and 31 October 2017

Sacred gifts for life: Air, Fire, Water

Week 1.  Air

Invisible and indivisible, air is a place without borders or owners, share by all life on Earth… Every breath is a sacrament, an essential ritual.  (The Sacred Balance, David Suzuki, p51)

Week 2.  Fire

There is no ignoring the engine that drives the Earth and all its life.  Lift up your head on a clear morning and you will see the sacred fire rising to the east. (The Sacred Balance, David Suzuki, p105)

Week 3.  Water

Water is the raw material of creation, the source of life… The powerful symbolism of water – as transformation, purification, sharing – permeates our lives. (The Sacred Balance, David Suzuki p 53)

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A Grand Stand for the environment forum

Facing Climate Change in a post-truth world

Special Forum on
Wednesday October 25, 2017, 7pm for 7.30pm
at Manningham Civic Centre,
699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster.
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Reading Circle

16th October, 2.30 – 4pm,  Treacy Centre


Other groups events

Seminars: University of Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute 

A panel of experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities of climate change and what this really means for Victorian farmers as part of the launch of Farmers for Climate Action.

When: 1pm-3pm Monday 16 October.
Where: Forum Theatre, Arts West, Level 1, University of Melbourne

Rising Seas: Climate change, Displacement and Resettlement
Presented by Dr Celia McMichael from the School of Geography, with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute as part of their Refugees and Forced Migration Seminar Series.

When: 1pm – 2pm, Tuesday 17 October.
Where: Room 920, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham St Carlton.


November eConference

Heart Wisdom
Depthing the Supervision Experience
Conference of Spiritual Directors Australia
Thursday 2 November 2017 10am - 3pm

Full details here


EarthSong acknowledges its presence on the lands of the Wurundjeri Peoples and the Kulin Nation.