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“Wilderness has answers to questions we don’t even know how to ask yet.”

                                                          Nancy Newhall

Religious Resources

"To mythical and religious feeling nature becomes one great society, the society of life.  Man is not endowed with outstanding rank in this society.  He is part of it but he is in no respect higher than any other member.  Life possesses the same religious dignity in its humblest and in its highest forms.  Man and animals, animals and plants are all on the same level."       ~ Ernst Cassirer  


A Naturalistic Creed


Life is our religion.

The Universe is our deity.

Science is our theology.

The Earth is our temple.

Nature is our scripture.

Evolution is our creation story.

All truth is our creed.

A life of compassion and service is our offering.

The outcome of a 2014 survey conducted by

Native American & Other Indigenous
Unitarian Universalism
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African Diaspora

The Bahá'í Statement on Nature     


The Bahá'í Stance on Carbon Emissions and Climate Change   

Bahá'í Teachings on Environment and Climate Change

Shared Vision, Shared Volition: Choosing Our Global Future Together, A Statement of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, 23 November 2015

On Climate Change  

Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Bahá'í Faith  

International Environment Forum, a Bahá'í inspired organization for environment and sustainability


             “The original inhabitants of Japan, the Ainu, had a way of speaking of the sacredness and specialness of a whole ecosystem.  Their term inoru means “field” with the implications of watershed region, plant and animal communities, and spirit force – the powers behind the masks or armor, hayakpe, of the various beings.  The inoru of the Great Brown Bear would be the mountain habitat – and connected lowland valley system – in which the bear is dominant, and it would mean the myth and spirit world of the bear as well.  The inoru of salmon would be the lower watersheds with all their tributaries (an the associated plant communities), and on out to sea, extending into oceanic realms only guessed at, where the salmon do their weaving.  The bear field, the deer field, the salmon field, the Orca field.


            “In the Ainu world a few human houses are in a valley by a little river.  The doorways all face east.  In the center of each house is the firepit.  The sunshine streams through the eastern door each morning to touch the fire, and they say the sun goddess is visiting her sister the fire goddess in the firepit.  One should not walk through sunbeams that shine on the fire – that would be breaking their contact.  Food is often foraged in the local area, but some of the creatures come down from the inner mountains and up from the deeps of the sea.  The animal or fish (or plant) that allows itself to be killed or gathered, and then enters the house to be consumed, is called a “visitor,” marapto.


            “The master of the sea is Orca, the Killer Whale; the master of the inner mountains is Bear.  Bear sends his friends the deer down to visit humans.  Orca sends his friends the salmon up the streams.  When they arrive their “armor is broken” – they are killed – enabling them to shake off their fur or scale coats and step out as invisible spirit beings.  They are then delighted by witnessing the human entertainments – saké and music.  (They love music.)  The people sing songs to them and eat their flesh.  Having enjoyed their visit they return to the deep sea or to the inner mountains and report: “We had a wonderful time with the human beings.”  The others are then prompted themselves to go on visits.  Thus if the humans do not neglect proper hospitality – music and manners – when entertaining their deer or salmon or wild plant marapto, the beings will be reborn and return over and over.  This is a sort of spiritual game management.”

Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild, 1990

Books, Films, Documentaries, Periodicals

Books, Films, Documentaries, Periodicals

  • Annals of the Former World, John McPhee, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1998

  • Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, Simon Winchester, Harper Perennial, 2010

  • Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees, Nalini Nadkarni, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2008

  • Between Earth and Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places, Joseph Bruchac and Thomas Locker (illus.), Voyager Books, Harcourt Brace & Co., San Diego and New York, 1996 


  • Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Marc Reisner, 1993

  • Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality, and the Planetary Future, Bron Taylor, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2010

  • Earthmind: A Modern Adventure in Ancient Wisdom,Tuning in to Gaia Theory with New Age Methods for Living on Our Planet, Paul Devereux and John Steele, Davd Kubrin, HarperCollins, 1990

  • The Face of the Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science, and Culture, SueEllen Campbell, with Alex Hunt, Richard Kerridge, Tom Lynch, and Ellen Wohl, University of California Press, 2011 

  • Nature's Web: Rethinking Our Place on Earth, Peter Marshall, Routledge, 1992

  • Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators and Fading Empires,  Simon Winchester, Harper Perennial, 2016

  • The Practice of the Wild, Gary Snyder, North Point Press, 1990

  • The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Berry, Columbia University Press, New York, 2009

  • The Spirit of Place: A Workbook for Sacred Alignment: Ceremonies and Visualizations for Cultivating Your Relationship with the Earth, Loren Cruden, Destiny Books, Rochester, VT, 1995

  • Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards a Council of All Beings, John Seed, Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming, Arne Naess, New Society Publishers, 1988

Other Resources

Other Resources


  • Interfaith Center of the Presidio (ICP)

  • Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County


  • Marin Interfaith Council

  • North American Interfaith Network (NAIN)

  • Parliament of the World's Religion (PWR)

  • San Francisco Interfaith Council

  • Silicon Valley Inter-Religious Council

Appreciative Inquiry
Consensus Process

Here is a basic explanation of the benefits of consensus process meetings at

Seeds of Change: Strengthening Cooperation, Empowering Resistance.  This site also offers information on how to facilitate meetings, advice, and resources.

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