Where did “Ten Ways” Come From? Learn More
The original was compiled by Sue Martin, Anne Lanyon and Jason John as a framework for communities, in particular, faith communities, using a process of
- Listening and Learning
- Reflecting and Contemplating
The process and content grew out of Sue’s experience as an environmental educator and through FEN workshops during 2020-2021. It features Australian examples from First Nations peoples, scientists, activists, community groups and diverse faith traditions
We wanted to present this in an engaging way on the website and other media. We wanted our network of networks to have a great and compelling resource.
FEN Steering Team member, David Low made contact with artist and permaculturist, Brenna Quinlan, after seeing her work on Gardening Australia. He thought: “There is a Jewish concept in worship, from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel:
keva the structure and details, e.g. liturgy
kavanah the spontaneity of our heart, e.g. joy in song."
The result of David’s contribution is the meaning-filled poster of the Ten Ways plus individual posters of each one of them.
How can we add “kavanah” to this wonderful ”keva”?
How can we bring the Ten Ways to life?
We now have posters of the whole 10Ways as well as each individual way.
Using the Posters
1. View the video https://youtu.be/CxjVmsdXC30
2. To Order them in A3 Size or A4 Size, Click Here
3. View the Ten Ways content
4. Use them wherever you can to animate, educate and activate communities.
FEN Member News
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Cherishing the Web of the Universe by Gillian Coote, Sydney Zen Centre
The Sydney Zen Centre community caring for place in the Upper Macdonald Valley
We learnt about the web of life at school, back in the l950’s, yet right now the world is rapidly losing species in a horrifying man-made extinction. This ‘web' may have had its genesis in the metaphor of the Net of Indra from ancient India, a vast net, in which each being occupies a node, each being a gem whose many facets reflect all the other gems and their reflections too, back and forth infinitely - the world interwoven in such a way that each node of its living net contains all mysteries; there’s no need to climb to heaven to find the sacred, when the part contains the whole, just as the hologram does, where each tiny speck of an image contains the whole. Christian poets like William Blake have said it too – to see the world in a flower, and heaven in a grain of sand….
Mahayana Buddhism, of which Zen is but one strand, emphasises the realisation of the Buddha that all beings are interdependent, not separate, isolated and defended. As Joanna Macy put it, ‘we inter-are.’ Zen students practice zazen – sitting meditation – opening to the experience of this! which goes beyond an intellectual knowing. Joanna’s work was inspired by the despair round the Cold War, her seminal book, Despair and Empowerment in the Nuclear Age. It's time to focus on despair and empowerment in the climate change age.
Caring passionately about biodiversity and climate change can be heart-breaking, when mineral companies present their extractivist point of view that what matters are human jobs, not ecosystems, when politicians can say they put people before plants, attitudes that can create despair and apathy. What can we do to make a difference? Fritz Schumacher's 'Small is Beautiful" was published in l973, and his, 'think globally, act locally ' still resonates. In the Upper Macdonald Valley, our faith community has been practising bush regeneration since the late 90's, removing infestations of blackberry and working to prevent weeds penetrating the bushland. It's about ecological restoration, maintaining biodiversity and restoring ecosystems in which natural regeneration can occur, and where habitat for our vulnerable species is protected. This ethic of caring for nature exists in most cultures and across most faiths and, as people realise the extraordinary heritage of the flora of Sydney Hawkesbury Sandstone, sensitivity and protective behaviour will surely grow.
Watching a spider at work,
I vow with all beings
To cherish the web of the universe.
Touch one point and everything moves. (1)
Yes, one person can act in spite of feelings of grief, dread and anger - one person can overcome that sense of powerlessness and inertia in the face of what lies ahead for all beings. One person must. *Robert Aitken, The Dragon Who Never Sleeps, p. 42, pub. Parallax Press, l992
Faith and Biodiversity at the UN
Anne Lanyon has been in contact with a founding member in the USA of the Faith and Biodiversity UN Co-ordination Group. She was delighted to hear about the work of FEN’s network of networks. They have brought a multifaith voice to the negotiations (however small it is) and will have a presence at Montreal.
We here in Australia can add to that voice. Read their website: www.biodiversity.faith Join their activities as your faith or ecology network may already have a presence at the UN. Sign the Faith Call to Action for Biodiversity.
The FEN Steering Team will be following up on this and how we can collaborate globally and here in Australia.
FEN at Environmental Fair Day
FEN Steering Team Member, Sue Martin represented FEN at the Environmental Fair held at the Bella Vista Farm in Western Sydney which was co-ordinated by members of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community.
FEN and Research
FEN’s role as an external partner in the University of Melbourne research ‘Integrating nature experience and contemplative practices to address eco-anxiety’ continues as we join with other groups in sharing insights, experiences and practices.
Muslim Women's National Network Australia visits Landcare Site
FEN Steering Team member, Zubeda Raihman, arranged a visit by her Muslim Women's National Network Australia to St Anthony in the Fields Catholic church Landcare site at Terrey Hills. It was a great day of interaction and learning