Transformative Conservation Conversations
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About the Event
Register now and we will send you a zoom link before the event. These are ongoing conversations. The topic for April 3 is linking personal to society transformation. Please review the background for the discussion with reflection questions before attending.
The invitation to Transformative Conservation Conversations
We are LoraKim Joyner and Meredith Garmon, who together are moved to action for the sake of the co-liberation of people, parrots, and all beings. We acknowledge who we are -- a white married couple in our 60s in the USA who have spent our lives embedded in and benefitting from colonial culture. LoraKim is a wildlife veterinarian, Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer, and Unitarian Universalist community minister, and has worked in parrot conservation for 34 years in the Americas. Meredith is a former philosophy professor, current Unitarian Universalist parish minister serving a congregation, and a leader of a Zen sangha. LoraKim and Meredith are both board members of One Earth Conservation,whose organizational practices adopt transformation and solidarity as a guiding principle. We have given our lives to service and justice, and now seek in our remaining years to go further.
The harms of the colonial culture of domination have been vast, tragic, and heart-rending to people and ecosystems. Who are we if we do not take concrete steps for the liberation of us all from systems of domination? Thus, we are called to organize in community for transformation. The ongoing damage to the Earth, to its many species, and to our fellow humans calls us out of our privileged position . . .and into what?
We admit that we don’t know, yet we claim not-knowing as a necessary condition. If we knew in advance how the transformation would go, it wouldn’t be transformative.
We do know this much:
● We cannot do this alone; transformation is a community practice.
● The community practice of transformation entails human community embedded and interwoven in surrounding ecological community.
● Transformative Conservation will entail spiritual/inner transformation and communal commitment to a spiritual discipline.
● A Transformative Conservation Center will seek to foster connections -- interpersonal and interspecies -- that yield results and methods we cannot foresee.
We begin with an intention to center ourselves in transformation and conservation, to decenter the sources of our privilege, and to start to build a viable alternative to a domination-based society. We expect that the concrete meaning of these intentions will evolve as we go.
We are investigating possibilities for buying land for a physical intentional community. That may take a while. In the meantime, we want to begin using electronic conferencing for asking questions, learning, and being transformed in other’s experiences and reflections.
Will you join us in this centering practice of transformation?
We join our spiritual practices of Zen and nature/multispecies connection with transformative conservation practices and offer what we have to a bruised and aching world. We begin with an invitation to a virtual conversation about Transformative Conservation – how do we center this in our lives and how do we build a center. What is it? How do we do it? What are the questions we should be asking? Can we build a virtual community? We will take up certain themes during each conversation.
These are ongoing conversations. We meet next on Saturday, April 3 at 2:30 p.m. EDT (New York). We hope to meet again on Sunday, May 9, 2 p.m. EDT.
For more background on Transformative Conservation, please see this article and, read LoraKim’s blog here on Transformation Conservation. In addition, you can learn more here and here about Unconditional Solidarity.
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