When asked what we needed to do to save the world, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh replied, “What we most need to do is to hear within us the sounds of the Earth crying.”

As humans, we are myth-makers; we tell ourselves stories to explain who we are, give meaning to our lives and understand our place in the universe. I am currently teaching an online class at Cherry Hill Seminary that attempts to reframe one of the prevailing narratives of our times.

My spiritual life is Earth-based, I am part of that blue-green web that is Gaia. The stories we have told ourselves have put that web in danger. Until I began focused study of the issue, I didn’t realize just how serious the situation is or how immanent the danger is.

This is a lecture I gave at an academic conference last year that explains what I mean.

I am honored to wear the mask of Pachamama, Andean Earth Mother, in a performance called Goddesses Alive! at the Parliament of World Religions in October. The stunning masks are by Lauren Raine, artist in residence at Cherry Hill Seminary.