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Spiritual Alliance for Earth (SAFE)


Abstract A Cooperation Circle of United Religions Initiative, Spiritual Alliance for Earth (SAFE) is an inter-religious network of individuals and organizations who share a common cause of caring for creation. Through letter writing campaigns, educational events, and annual Earth Day celebrations, SAFE seeks to build bridges between diverse spiritual traditions and communities, raise awareness about environmental issues, and support environmental activism. Representing a wide variety of religious traditions, SAFE participants include Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Native Americans and Pagans.
Religion Inter-religious: Christianity
Geographic Location United States of America
(San Francisco Bay Area)
Duration of Project None Listed
History SAFE grew out of an initiative by Cindy Spring, the coordinator of the 2000 Bay Area Earth Day, to bring a spiritual dimension to Earth Day. With Jim Conlon and Bill Sadler of Holy Names College, Paul Burks and Lauren DeBoer of EarthLight Magazine, and others, an inter-religious group sponsored an Earth Day celebration that represented twelve different spiritual traditions. Afterwards, the planners of the event decided to form an on-going group dedicated to making connections between spirituality and ecology. Sadler gathered a dozen founders to become a Cooperation Circle of United Religions Initiative (URI) in the Fall of 2000. SAFE was then organized as a nonprofit organization under URI and was successful in receiving grants from several small foundations. SAFE developed a schedule of events and a business plan and began to sponsor inter-religious environmental celebrations and educational events. In 2001, SAFE celebrated Earth Day by organizing a multicultural Environmental Fair with thirty sponsors and an inter-religious liturgy at Grace Cathedral. This event attracted more than 1,300 people. In 2002, SAFE held its third annual Earth Day celebration at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley and organized an educational program entitled “EARTH: Commodity or Community” at Holy Names College in Oakland. SAFE’s fourth Earth Day celebration was held outdoors in PortView Park in the Port of Oakland in 2003 and included an Environmental Fair and a dramatic and creative inter-religious liturgy.
Mission Statement Seeking to promote a SAFE future for the planet and all life, the Alliance helps to establish communication and cooperation between environmental groups and faith communities through advocacy, education, and celebration. Recognizing the spiritual dimension of environmental activism, SAFE maintains that caring for creation is central to what it means to be both fully human and fully spiritual.
Partner Organizations

United Religions Initiative
Sophia Center of Holy Names College
EarthLight Magazine
California Interfaith Power and Light
Interfaith Chapel at the Presidio
Various local congregations and environmental groups

Long-Term Goals None Listed
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Additional Research Resources None Listed
Contact Information Spiritual Alliance for Earth
Bill Sadler, Chair
9377 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94611
Ph:       510.531.7090
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