Getting closer to first steps

Trip Start Nov 01, 2007
Trip End Apr 30, 2008

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

    We only have 6 weeks to go! We are going a bit crazy putting our gardens to bed, preparing the house for winter, instructing the couple who will be living in our home while we're gone, and preparing for the walk. We have packed and re-packed and then packed again to make sure we can fit it all in and that we're not forgetting anything. Hold us in the Light.

Ruah and Louis
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Blessings on you!
Dear Ruah and Louis,

You walk is a powerful, momentous event. Both real and symbolic. I will think of you on your journey, lighting up all whom you meet with your warmth, sincerity, dedication -- and lots of good information! It is my privilege to know you and to call you friends.

To the restoration of the Earth to her pristine beauty and full regenerative capacities. Working together we can become a force of Nature . . . on behalf of Nature!



peaceforearth on

thank you
Thanks so much, Angela, for posting the first comment! We do feel loved by many.

Ruah and Louis

grace3 on

Columbia, South Carolina
In preparing to attend 'A Green Gathering:A Sharing of Ideas for Caring for God's Creation' at the Forest Lake Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., I logged onto the QEW website for helpful handouts. Please know that you are providing wonderful support for so many. Your visit to Palmetto Friends Gathering two years ago inspired a 'localvore' meal at last year's gathering. Several of us have attended meetings about a proposed coal fired power plant and 'witnessed'. Good weather to you!
Grace, Five Rivers Friends

ruthwalmsley on

from Vancouver BC
Hi Ruah & Louis, Here's the report I wrote for Vancouver Monthly Meeting re. your visit to Vancouver and the Walk. I just thought I would post it here for your reading pleasure! We continue to follow your progress via the blog, and send you lots of good wishes and energy! Love Ruth

Report on Peace For Earth Walk from Vancouver BC

From November 2007 to April 2008, Ruah Swennerfelt and Louis Cox are walking 1,400 miles from Vancouver to San Diego, in the style of John Woolman, to talk with Quakers about integrating peace, justice, and Earthcare. They were hosted by Vancouver Friends November 9 - 13 as they prepared to take the first steps on this journey.

Ruah & Louis arrived in Vancouver on Nov. 9. On Nov.10, they spoke at a Global Warming Cafe attended by more than 60 people, organized in part by Vancouver Friends. For more information please go to

On November 11, a 'send-off' event was held at the Vancouver Friends Meeting House to mark the beginning of the Walk, which included an organic potluck after Meeting for Worship, a dramatic presentation by Ruah and Louis and interviews with two journalists. A group of about 9 Friends between the ages of 10 and 64, set out to join them for the first leg of the journey. Over the next three days during the 50 km trek from the Meeting House to the US border, they were hosted in three different Quaker homes.

Ruah & Louis expressed their heartfelt appreciation for the support that was extended by Vancouver Friends in the form of hospitality, potluck coordination, route planning and participation in various events including the walk itself. For those of us who have had the privilege of participating with Ruah and Louis in this pilgrimage, even in a small way, it has been a deeply moving experience. In witnessing, in the style of John Woolman (you had to be there!), to the crisis of climate change as a moral and ethical concern and a matter of individual conscience, they gave us all a lot to think about. These words by Barbara Williamson (outgoing clerk of the Quaker Earthcare Witness Steering Committee) capture an important aspect of their message for me:

'How, then, does global warming connect with the essential testimonies of Quakerism? That is a legitimate question and an important concern. If-as is often the case-the crisis of climate change is discussed primarily as a debate about scientific evidence, or about technological solutions, or about complex economic strategies, then those topics are a stretch for most Meetings. That's not how we understand our mission, and that's not where we have our expertise. But if we see global warming as a moral and ethical issue that deals with the relationships among human communities, future generations, and the whole of Creation, then we're getting into religious territory. If we see climate change as a symptom of a flawed understanding about the meaning of life, then we're addressing an area where we can speak with moral authority. If Earth's deep distress is at heart a human problem and not a technological one, then Quakers should have a decent sense of how to talk about it.'
BeFriending Creation pg.3 Volume 20, Number 6, November-December 2007
For entire article, go to:

I know that for Ruah and Louis, their hope is that the seeds they are planting during the course of this pilgrimage are a beginning, not an end. Connections are being forged and in many cases are taking on a life of their own. We need to continue to nurture them at the grass-roots level, especially during the next couple of years as, post-Bali, the leaders of every nation of the world enter into accelerated negotiations toward forging a new treaty in 2009 which will set binding global targets to confront global warming.

December 19, 2007, Ruth Walmsley

k123 on

Re: from Vancouver BC
Hi Ruth, An awesome overview and summary of Ruah & Louis' visit. Have you read the book: Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming? by Paul Hawken A global persective on what's happening, including Friends. Kirsten

philipwoolman on

I wish I had read about this process years ago.
My life has been full of conflict because I had drawn the attention of ego.

John Woolman's method of speaking to the God within is an interesting concept. Is there any one publication, or class, that focuses primarily on this process?

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