On September 23rd, a group gathered at Sibley House, an intentional community in South Bend, IN, to fast from electricity and reflect on our complicity in the unjust use of energy resources. We encouraged people to spend the day fasting from their electronics, keep their lights turned off, hang dry clothes instead of using a dryer (amongst other things) with the purpose of developing the spiritual practice of being mindful of our relationship with electricity and technology.
In the evening we gathered by candlelight to share reflections on the connections between care for creation and peacebuilding. We took note of the high percentage of energy in Indiana that comes from coal and the fact that in the USA we use more than our fair share of energy. We reflected on the Gaza blackout. Most people in Gaza have less than four hours of electricity a day due to politics, not lack of resources, a reality that the media has hardly covered. As the restrictive Israeli blockade on Gaza continues, the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza deepens.
Participants shared songs and poetry throughout the evening. We concluded by praying for our community and world.
Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 2017