Care for the Earth and Its Inhabitants

Friends strive to use God’s gifts wisely, with gifts conceived in the broadest of terms. These gifts include our talents and our possessions, as well as our natural environment. Friends believe that such gifts are not ours alone.

To Friends, good stewardship means taking care of what has been given, not just for ourselves, but for the people around us and for future generations as well. Friends strive to use their gifts in accordance with their beliefs.

At AFSC, we strive to use our resources with care to achieve their greatest effect. We spend conservatively, seeking creative and cost-effective pathways and avoiding extravagant expenses.

In the workplace, we are attentive to conserving energy, recycling, and reducing waste. Concern for the ecosystem also leads us to strive to reduce our personal consumption and develop a simple yet adequate lifestyle.

Quotes

All things are bound together. All things connect. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls also the children of the earth.
CHIEF OREN LYONS, NATIVE AMERICAN FAITHKEEPER

Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray, where nature heals and gives strength to body and soul alike.
JOHN MUIR, ENVIRONMENTALIST

We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own—indeed to embrace the whole of creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder.
WANGARI MAATHAI, KENYAN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST

Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth. It is the very purpose of life, not something you do in your spare time.
SHIRLEY CHISHOLM, POLITICIAN AND AUTHOR

A community can use all the skills of its people.
MAORI PROVERB

Queries

How can I better use AFSC’s resources wisely, recognizing that these resources were given freely by others to be used in service of peace and justice?

How do I help others—colleagues, program participants, supporters—recognize and use their gifts?

How can I be a better steward of our environment in my consuming and recycling behaviors?