Family Resources for November 18


Cut down the forest of desire, not the forest of trees. — The Buddha, Dhammapada 283


This work is guided by the philosophy of “deep ecology”, a term coined by Naess in 1972. In an interview posted on the Context Institute website, Michael Zimmerman explains “deep ecology”:

Deep ecology portrays itself as “deep” because it asks deeper questions about the place of human life, who we are. Deep ecology is founded on two basic principles: one is a scientific insight into the interrelatedness of all systems of life on Earth, together with the idea that anthropocentrism—human-centeredness—is a misguided way of seeing things. The second component of deep ecology is what Arnie Naess calls the need for human self-realization. Instead of identifying with our egos or our immediate families, we would learn to identify with trees and animals and plants, indeed the whole ecosphere. This would involve a pretty radical change of consciousness, but it would make our behavior more consistent with what science tells us is necessary for the well-being of life on Earth. We just wouldn’t do certain things that damage the planet, just as you wouldn’t cut off your own finger.


The details about Sunday morning:

Babies – 4 year olds

  • chalice lighting and joys & concerns
  • play inside and read stories about animals
  • create a mask to represent their favorite animal


Kindergarten- Grade 8

  • chalice lighting and joys & concerns
  • establish the council of all beings: Activity 1
  • participate in a greeting activity: Activity 2
  • discover nature ally and create a mask to represent the spirit of the ally: Activity 3


What you can do this week at home:

If you are unable to join us, feel free to use these links and resources to create a faith formation opportunity in your own home this week

  • Try to spend time outside each day, paying special attention to the trees near where you live.
  • Use a nature journal to record your observations and feelings about trees as you deepen your connection with them, beyond the Circle of Trees workshops.
  • Think about ways that you can engage with people and trees with respect.


 Let me know if I can be supportive to you in any other way!  I am here for you.

All my best with blessings,