new directions for new creation

Posted May 13th, 2016 in Blog, Featured, New Creation News Comments Off on new directions for new creation

If you follow us (and I know it’s been a few weeks here), you know that I/we are rethinking our approach and how to  better represent what it is we do. As we move forward in this process, we hope you will continue to walk with us.

Here are the specifics of what’s going on:

* We have begun the process of creating a new website, a real one, not a blog format. We are doing this so that we can do a better job of sharing the news of the planet we find most significant, the nature of the deepening crises we humans face in our relationships within it, and the emergent work of new creation bubbling up from below.

We are not trying to invent yet another organization or institution working on the ecological crises and the urgent need to move from this destructive industrial/consumer way of life to something else. Rather, we are trying to find ways to better serve the community already doing that work, the communities of earth-healers, activists, culture workers, and those spiritual seekers who are not afraid to face the larger evolutionary significance of the moment – the collapse of old paradigms that no longer serve us.

We want to help define or articulate the nature of the crisis – how the economic and political aspects are not the causes but the expressions of it – and get down to the heart of the matter, which happens to be in the heart of the human to begin with.

So, a new website that will serve these aspirations, one that serves the community and also invites the community to participate; one that expresses the best of what is emerging, with a special focus right now on the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes region, in large part because that’s where we are located.

* To do that, we want and need to become more mobile. I in particular want to be able to tell the stories emergent from below by getting out into more communities, taking my voice recorder, camcorder, and notebooks. I want to make a space on the website that is devoted to sharing the stories of those doing the work of new creation at the local levels, people who are partnering with their places – their waters and forests and prairies and other living beings – to defend them from the damage of this voracious fossil fueled economy. This is where the relationship between the human and the rest  of nature is undergoing profound change and it is also one of the places, therefore, where hope resides.

Those are the two program priorities of the moment, and I just want to reiterate that when you support us, or donate to the tax deductible Center for New Creation, you are not donating to support an infrastructure or institution. You are supporting work. We are still virtual  as on organization (unless we could find donated space), and I work on this project as we are able to fund it.

Some donors, especially grant-makers, don’t especially like this model. They like permanence, solidity. We like flow, and we like to put our donors’ funds directly into empowering what we do.

So when the coffers go bare, our work slows. When we are able to raise funds, we really get to work. We need to do a better job of that fundraising part.

Right now, we have a small grant from a local parish to get this website going, and we have the designer. I hope we can have it up and running within a couple of months.

As for the second priority, for that we need your support. If you are able, this would be a great time to make a donation.

Meanwhile, as we post less frequently here for the time being, you can follow us on Facebook – just look for the Center for New Creation page and then like us there, and be sure you turn on “notifications” to see our updates in your news feed.

Some of you have contacted me during these weeks of horror in the tar sands region of Alberta, knowing I was there in Sept 2013. It was one of those moments when the truth of our human predicament and folly was there for us all to see. What have we learned from it? Not much, it would seem. Once again, we are being told by the powers-that-be that you can’t blame one weather event, one extreme global warming disaster on – global warming – that it does not necessarily prove the impact of climate change.

Well, how about when these disasters mount over time and become a pattern that reflects exactly what the climate change models predict – except sooner and faster than once believed? What then?

We have a lot of work to do – not just the activist work, but the work to shift the culture from the bottom up (because it won’t come from the top down). We want to be a greater service to that work – in our workshops, speaking engagements, our writing, our connecting with others – and on a new website where we want that work to be better presented.

Looking forward to a new era for the Center for New Creation, in partnership with you.

~ Margaret Swedish

 

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