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I write to speak of a transition at CEJ that begins today. Transitioning can be a time of expectation and excitement, or a time of hesitation and dread. Fortunately the CEJ transition is one of excitement.
Starting July 1, I am beginning a year’s sabbatical and leave of absence from CEJ and Barry Law School in order to reflect and write. It is satisfying to leave the work and mission of CEJ in the competent, capable and experienced hands of Jane Goddard, Acting Director, and Rob Williams, CEJ Staff Attorney. In addition, yesterday we added Jane Marsden to our team as CEJ’s administrative assistant.
For some time now, I’ve been hankering to find some down time to study and reflect upon the changes and rapid developments in the field of Earth Jurisprudence and Rights of Nature. CEJ began in 2006 and the Earth jurisprudence movement has burgeoned since then. In 2006 only a handful of folks such as Thomas Berry, Mike Bell, Cormac Cullinan, and Liz Hosken, with her wonderful colleagues from the Gaia Foundation in London, were speaking of the contours and core principles of Earth jurisprudence. I have always considered myself blessed to begin the Center of Earth Jurisprudence under their wise and welcoming mentoring.
Now the Rights of Nature movement is recognized internationally. The formation of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature in 2010 and its recent first World Ethics Tribunal on the Rights of Mother Earth held in Ecuador in January demonstrate the significant eco-centric cultural and legal shifts that are emerging across the planet. It seems that many of us are finding our way back into a reciprocal relationship with the natural world. Our indigenous brothers and sisters remain our teachers, reminding us that all other species are our brothers and sisters. We are all of one web.
So, as we move into the fullness of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, I take leave of CEJ and go into a period of networking and then hibernation so I can settle into writing. I look forward to seeing some of you along the way at various CEJ and Earth law events. In February I have the honor of working with Dr. Vandana Shiva and co-teaching a workshop with her and Dr. Mira Shiva, on “Building an Earth Democracy” at the Earth University in Dehradun, India. More information on this international workshop will be posted shortly.
During this sabbatical year, I promise to remain grounded in this work and ask for your prayer and support for the expansion of CEJ and its mission to advocate for legal policies and cultural changes that respect the rights all beings to exist and fulfill their propose.
May this be a time of abundance for each of you as well.
Sr. Pat Siemen discusses Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Sí, on News 13′s “In Depth” 10/9/15View video full screen on YouTube.
Sr. Pat Siemen on Rights of Nature at TEDxJacksonville 2013View video full screen on YouTube.
CEJ Events & PresentationsProtecting Our Common Home
A CEJ Webinar Series
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016: Highlights of Third International Tribunal on the Rights of Mother Earth and the December 2015 Paris Climate Summit
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016: Rights of Nature: What Are They?
Wednesday, March 16, 2016: Florida Constitutional Revision Committee and a "Community Rights" Amendment Protecting Human and Ecological Health
This web-based seminar series explores emergent legal systems and cultural themes and addresses the intrinsic rights of nature and the international Earth laws movement. Topics will include law and policy, ethics, principles of environmental sustainability, science, and spirituality.
For registration or further information, please e-mail Sr. Pat Siemen or call (321) 206-5779. Please RSVP at least 48 hours before each program. Directions for participation will be sent to you.
Other Events:~ More events coming soon! ~
Learning to See Naturally ~ Nature Journaling WorkshopsVisit our nature journaling blog, Learning to See Naturally, for poems, photos, stories and other nature-inspired creative works from our workshop participants.
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