Defend the Sacred: Conference for Global Change Makers
Join activists from around the world for a 3-day conference on resistance and regenerating the community of life. Leaders of Indigenous communities, social movements and systemic alternatives will reflect on their experiences at the nexus of activism and spirituality, share prospects for a global culture of cooperation and invite you to participate, exchange and collaborate.
Humanity has maneuvered itself into an existential dead end, which we can no longer escape by conventional means. Ecological, social, economic and political breakdown all result from a civilization incompatible with the principles of thriving life. We look into an uncertain future. To survive, we will need nothing short of a paradigm shift at the very foundations of human culture – from a historical pattern of domination and fear to one of interdependence, cooperation and loving care between people and all beings.
With our survival at stake, movements for radical climate action, for women’s rights, for racial, economic and social justice are currently burgeoning around the world. The youths of the world are beginning to abandon the dream of power and greed, seeking to embrace a new one. The time is ripe. Once the vision for a regenerative nonviolent world fills the hearts and opens the minds of humanity, we will experience its actual emergence. If unified by reliable trust and commitment to serve life’s inherent sacredness, the global tide of liberation and healing will be unstoppable.
The uprising of Indigenous “water protectors” against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North America evoked the possibility of a spiritual activism in the consciousness of humanity, prompting people to stand up for water, community and the Earth in many places.
We felt that what began at Standing Rock in 2016 could and must turn into a planetary movement – and invited activists from around the world to gather at our center in 2017 and 2018. The Defend the Sacred Alliance will meet in a smaller group during the week prior to the conference and will then invite you to join for 3 days (August 16–19) in a wider gathering for global change makers.
“We are governed by prayer. … We are Mother Earth defending herself.”
–Cedric Goodhouse, Lakota elder