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LoraKim Joyner

Co-Director and Board President

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Nurturing Discussions and Practices: Nurture Nature, Yourself, and Your Relationships

We are convinced, now more than ever, that to gain the powers of solidarity, resilience, and resistance we have to come together in local communities that are committed to and claimed by the biotic community in which they are embedded. Only in this way can we mourn, learn, and have sufficient focus and wisdom to build a new way, even as the old way crumbles around us. These guides, given the risks and challenges of these times, are meant to augment community formation and personal transformation and commitment, whether you are beginning something new or use these guides for an already existing community, family, or organization.

Conservation in Time of War

How can we both save ourselves and the world despite overwhelming odds? One Earth Conservation seeks to answer that question with our Nurture Nature program, and now with this memoir from One Earth's Co-Director Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner. This book shows how a deep understanding that everything is connected in beauty can offer healing and hope to the parrots and people of Latin America, and to a world where climate change, terrorism, political polarization, and loss of biodiversity threaten us all.

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Prion takes us to a post-Covid-19 world in the not-so-distant future, where humans live daily with disease outbreaks and loss of biodiversity, but also with meaning, joy, and hope. The story begins in New Zealand and follows the lives of people and parrots in Australia, Honduras, and the United States. A growing coalition of diverse scientists and conservationists suddenly face a terrifying, new pandemic that threatens the human race. Using cutting-edge technologies, they discover that parrots are the transmitters of the “Zealand Zombie Disease.” In a life-or-death race to find the disease’s cause and cure, the researchers rely on their knowledge and experiences from decades of researching and rescuing parrots to save both parrots and people.

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The following song, "Parrot Girl" by singer/songwriter Gene Keller, was inspired when LoraKim was a minister of the Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso, TX

Parrot Girl - Gene Keller
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At the beginning of this song, "Guatemala Get Along" you can hear LoraKim playing the electric bass with the church band in Guatemala during the early 1990s (written and performed by Dr. Michael Schindlinger after he visited LoraKim's parrot conservation site in Guatemala). At the end of the song you can hear the wild yellow-naped amazon parrots.

Guatemala Get Along - Michael Schindlinger
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