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Essays, Articles, and Links Exploring Different Dimensions
of Reverence and Compassion for All Life



Articles by Dennis Rivers, Editor

Four Prayers of Opening and  Seven Mandalas Exploring Reverence for Life explore an approach to the life of prayer/meditation/blessing taught by many sacred teachers over the centuries, including both Jesus and the great Hindu saint Ramakrishna. That approach sees the central task of the spiritual life as opening more deeply to the infinite grace already continually flowing from God to every human heart in every moment.  Spirituality and science both agree on the wonder of our existence, although they use different vocabularies to express that wonder. The more we understand of the natural world, the more we begin to realize how much we have received from Mother Universe and all our thousands (even millions) of ancestors.  It is as though life has given us an infinite paint set, with zillions of tubes of paint.  What sort of picture will we paint with it?  What sort of life will we nurture within us and between us?

Teams-of-Two: A Model for Personal Unfolding, Citizen Activism and Social Transformation,  brings together the themes of mending the world and supporting one another, in a new/ancient vision independent supportive pairs working to care for life here on Planet Earth.

Joanna Macy and The Work That Reconnects — Exploring A Path Toward Compassionate Resilience.  This article is a composite summing up of my many workshop experiences with my beloved teacher, eco-philosopher and antinuclear activist Joanna Macy.

Companions in the Storm, Companions-in-Blessing
explores twelve of the deeper dimensions of spiritual friendship, in the context of our need to work together to protect the web of life from runaway industrialization. Ecology and biology show us how all life is woven together. But many of us work on the great ecology, peace and justice issues of our time as isolated individuals. The community is a decentralized network that seeks to encourage the deepening of active, friend-to-friend (mutual support) relationships, rather than the development of passive, follower-to-authority-figure relationships.

The Ecology of Ecology Movements is an evolving blueprint for building a sustainable ecological advocacy and action groups, based on my experiences and struggles campaigning against nuclear weapons for thirty years. I hope this blueprint will help people everywhere build enduring organizations and communities that celebrate and protect the web of life. We are using this blueprint to support the unfolding of the Companions in Blessing community.

A Declaration of Interdepedence by Scott Eastham (1987)

Infinity Hidden in a Speck explores the idea of as-yet unrealized resources and abilities hidden in our trillions of cells and their quadrillions of connections.

EcoBodhisattva Meditations and Creative Questions

  An Ecology of Devotion  (1995 article in EarthLight Magazine) was the beginning of the reverence for life mandala of gratitude presented on this web site. This article become part of  Prayer Evolving — Five Personal Explorations into the Future of Prayer (1995)  -(click for PDF book available free of charge)

Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy on Gratitude as a Revolutionary Act

Many-faith resources for

ecology/environment/social justice/peace/sustainability

(PLEASE NOTE: Being listed here does not mean that
the person listed knows or approves of this web site.)

Books, sermons, speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. one of the outstanding ecological/spiritual thinkers of our time. Her online library of articles and videos will introduction you to her books and her vision of ecological action in our time, “The Work That Reconnects.”  Also see, Joanna Macy and The Work That Reconnects — Exploring A Path Toward Compassionate Resilience . Molly Young Brown teaches Psychosynthesis and Ecospirituality. Her books and essays include insights for finding one’s way in a world that is unraveling.

DharmaGaians a library of eco-spiritual writing by Suzanne Duarte A Buddhist response to global warming. Large library of resources, including “A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change.” The Declaration that presents to the world’s media a unique spiritual view of climate change and our urgent responsibility to address the solutions. It emerged from the contributions of over 20 Buddhist teachers of all traditions to the book A Buddhist Respose to the Climate Emergency. The Time to Act is Now was composed as a pan-Buddhist statement by Zen teacher Dr David Tetsuun Loy and senior Theravadin teacher Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi with scientific input from Dr John Stanley.

Ecoversity , in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a non-profit educational center which explores and demonstrates concepts of sustainable living, ecological design, and responsibility for the wise stewardship of the Earth. Established in 1999, Ecoversity focuses on practices and solutions designed to regenerate the Earth and revitalize the human spirit. Interfaith resources about caring for the environment. The Evangelical Environmental Network

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center Catholic Environmental Resources

The Ecozoic Times Allysyn Kiplinger’s blog/magazine/library celebrating “the new era of mutually enhancing Human-Earth relations.”

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation 


Earth Island Institute 

Friends of the Earth 

EarthLight Library 

UN Children’s Fund 

Oxfam UK

Oxfam USA 

Nonviolent Peace Force 

A World Without Armies 

Cooperative Communication Skills 

Support Geneva Conventions 

Positive Deviance Initiative 


American Friends Service Committee

September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

more thoughts on next steps…

The “Weaving Together Eight Strands” vision of compassionate activism, Developed by Dennis Rivers and friends.  Click image for PDF file. Click here for printer friendly version.

“Eight Strands” resources available now on this site and sister sites:

  • Persons to be inspired and empowered by. (See our Mentors page) Their lives, work, books and talks help us to imagine a different world, and can be the focus of study groups.
  • Participation through partnerships ( Teams of Two) focused on taking action in relation to a particular issue.
  • Principles to live by, drawn from ecology, psychology, and reverence for life traditions and exemplars.


Comments or questions are welcome.

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