‘Rising to the Challenge: the Transition Movement and People of Faith’

July 6, 2016 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

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In Transition, great care is taken to ensure that groups know how to run successful meetings, how to resolve conflict, how to design meetings that people will actually look forward to going to, to the observation that how a project is done is as important as what the project itself achieves.  And this in turn requires creating spaces for stillness, for reflection, for listening.  Something faith groups have been doing for more than just a little longer than Transition groups.

I think that as well as an environmental case for Transition, we are also building a case for it being a public health and wellbeing strategy.  We know that acting more compassionately has beneficial impacts on the people around us, it can be infectious, it can make us healthier and more able to resist disease, it can generate more pro-environmental behaviour and it helps us overcome depression. When done well, Transition creates numerous invitations for people to act kindly, to act compassionately, to connect with others in a world that increasingly isolates us.

Just as Transition focuses on the art of finding and nurturing common ground with those around us, so this book focuses on finding and nurturing common ground between faiths, common ground that could yield so very much in our pursuit of a stable climate and more resilient world.

Read Transition Town co-founder Rob Hopkin’s forward to ‘Rising to the Challenge: the Transition Movement and People of Faith’ at the Transition Network.

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Entry filed under: Climate, Health/Wellness, Heart/Soul, Resilience.

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