April Meeting: The Earth Charter and Choosing a Vocation for a Sustainable World

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Sunday, April 3

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

 Bell Arts Factory

432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura


The usual approach to finding a vocation is to begin by studying the currently existing roles in a given field. A more radical method is to imagine the world you want to live in, and seek a path that can help bring it more fully into existence. The Earth Charter can be used as a scaffolding to imagine, prepare for, and embody work that is needed in our communities.  Drawing from 20 years of helping 100’s of masters and doctoral students engage in community and ecological fieldwork,  Mary Watkins will help us to re-imagine our own roles in the community and bioregion. As we shift to lend our weight to what eco-philosopher Joanna Macy calls “The Great Turning”—the necessary shift from industrial societies to life-sustaining societies—we can lean more fully into the work of creating forms of democratic, dialogical, joyful, sustainable, and nonviolent living.

NOTE:  Change of venue and slight change of time from our usual meeting place and time.  Ventura County Library has scheduled events in the Topping Room for the first Sundays in March, April and May, so that venue is not available for those months.

Mary Watkins, Ph.D, is a core faculty member and founding Coordinator of Community and Ecological Fieldwork and Research at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Mary Watkins works at the interfaces between Euro-American depth psychologies and psychologies of liberation from Latin America, Africa and Asia. She has worked as a clinical psychologist with adults, children, and families, and with small and large groups around issues of peace, envisioning the future, diversity, vocation, immigration and social justice. She is a Peacebuilding Associate of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding and is a member of the national Steering Committee for Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR).

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century.  Various UN agencies and visionary thinkers developed the Earth Charter over a ten-year period.  The final version was approved at UNESCO headquarters in Paris in the year 2000.  The Charter has been endorsed by countless nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Every October cities all over the world hold Summits to celebrate the Earth Charter.  Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions coordinates Ventura County’s Earth Charter Summits and presents annual Earth Charter Awards to those community activists who best embody the Earth Charter’s core values.


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