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From: Gayle Matson [mailto:gayle.matson@comcast.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 6:05 PM
To: BCFM Attenders
Subject: 6 Queries on Global Change for Bridge City's Discussion on February 12th

Friends,

In preparation for our time together on Saturday, February 12th at the Meetinghouse, I am sending along the Six Queries on Global Change that have been developed by the FWCC World Office to help Friends around the world consider ways their our own communities have been impacted by climate change and globalization. The phrase "Global Change" refers to the huge, interconnected phenomenon of climate change and the cultural disruption, social dislocation and human migration caused by rapidly developing economies around the world. The six queries are being considered by Friends worldwide in preparation for a World Consultation of Friends on this topic later in 2011. The results of the World Consultation will be received and further action will be discerned at the Friends World Conference in Kenya in 2012.

Ultimately the Global Change Consultation will seek to answer these questions: As a world community of Quakers, how do we articulate the spiritual basis for our response to Global Change? What is our experience of global change? What do we, as a worldwide faith community, have to say to ourselves and to the world?

In considering these queries together on February 12th we will be seeking our own spiritual grounding and response in the face of upheavals and socio-economic dislocations that we observe in our own communities. To quote from the FWCC website: “How can we, as individuals and as a community, embody the spirit of “shalom”, the way of peace, which grows out of the abundance of God’s love rather than the fear which scarcity engenders, so that all might be treated justly?” We hope that this grounding will help us gain a clearer sense of where we want to focus our Peace and Social Concerns as a Meeting.

The Queries

The following queries will be used as the backbone of this Consultation process:
  1. How has global change affected our communities and ourselves?
  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?
  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? What role does faith have in my life and in the life of my community? In what ways do I and my Friends church or meeting community bear witness to our Testimonies in our daily lives?
  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?
  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?
  6. How can we support one another in rekindling our love and respect for God?s Creation in such a way that we are messengers of the transforming power of love and hope?
For more information about the FWCC Global Change Consultation see the FWCC website: www.fwccglobalchange.org <<== link

Blessings,
Gayle


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