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Sisters of Earth International


Abstract Sisters of Earth is an informal network of women from the United States, Canada, and beyond who share a deep concern for the well-being of Earth and seek to support each other in the common effort to attain spiritual and ecological healing on a global scale. Although primarily composed of Roman Catholic religious women, the organization welcomes all women whose life and work would identify them as Sisters of Earth. At the bi-annual general meetings that are held in different locations over the course of several days, members gather together for presentations, discussions, networking, ritual, celebration, and planning. At the gatherings, members share ideas, experiences, and resources about sustainability ventures such as community supported agriculture, organic gardening, seed saving, environmental resource and energy auditing, conservation initiatives, institutional greening, ecological design, earth literacy, environmental education, earth spirituality, ecofeminism, and eco-justice. Plenary speakers at past conferences include: Passionist Priest and geologian, Thomas Berry; Founder and Director of Genesis Farm, Miriam Therese MacGillis (OP); Professor of Buddhism and Ecology at the University of Vermont, Stephanie Kaza; and ecofeminist author, lecturer, and teacher, Charlene Spretnak. Sisters of Earth has more than 300 members.
Religion Inter-religious
Geographic Location International
Duration of Project 1994–Present
History The origins of Sisters of Earth can be traced back to 1993, when three Sisters of St. Joseph organized a meeting of “Sisters of Earth” for all religious women involved or interested in Earth spirituality. More than fifty women from seventeen different states as well as Canada attended the gathering that was held in July of 1994 at St. Gabriel’s Monastery in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. This initial meeting marked the official beginning of Sisters of Earth, an informal network of women dedicated to working together to foster healing between humans and the rest of creation. The second meeting was held in the summer of 1996, at Grailville, in Loveland, Ohio, and was attended by 100 people, primarily nuns. Around this time, lay Catholic, as well as non-Catholic, women began joining the organization. In 1998, the bi-annual meeting was held in Wisconsin, at Sinsinawa Mound Conference Center, and the fourth meeting took place at Casa De Maria, in Santa Barbara, California, in 2000. Nearly 150 women attended the most recent conference, entitled “Healing as a Planetary Agenda,” at Mont Marie Conference Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts in August of 2002. The most recent gathering, entitled, "Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream of the Beautiful Wild Forces Within," was held in Fayetteville, Arkansas in July of 2004.
Mission Statement “Sisters of Earth is an informal network of women who share a deep concern for the ecological and spiritual crisis of our times and who wish to support one another in work toward healing the human spirit and restoring Earth’s life support systems.”
Partner Organizations Sisters of Earth is composed of representatives from many different religious and secular organizations, centers, and communities engaged in ecological work. Its partner organizations are too numerous to list.
Long-Term Goals None Listed
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Additional Research Resources None Listed
Contact Information Sylvia Verde, 2004 Conference Coordinator
Sisters of Earth International
13 Foley Crescent
Thorold, ON L2V 2K7
Ph:       905.227.4357
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