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Integral Ecology Work Study Committee


Integral Ecology refers to the factors that shape and are shaped by the interaction of human beings with each other and the natural world. The interconnectedness of these factors points to the central idea of wholeness; this and the coming together of science and spirituality define the overall theme of our message. 

Ecology, evolution and social psychology are the especially relevant scientific disciplines for us. As the study of ecosystems, ecology focuses on the consequences of climate change and the general degradation of natural systems. An enlightened view of evolution opens the possibility of turning evolutionary mechanisms to the task of consciously evolving a culture in which Earth and all life are cherished, protected, healed and restored. Social psychology addresses how collective beliefs can become better aligned with the reality of a threatened planet. 

Spiritually, the New Story embodies logic and scientific sensibilities while sustaining religious faith as a motivating force. Individual transformation is a spiritual process that recognizes that change begins and takes hold in the beliefs and actions of individuals. Our message should resonate with those who are deeply religious and with those who are not but who believe there is a moral reality that transcends mere individual self-interest. 

Our purpose is to collaborate with other appropriate organizations and participate in the process of creating awareness of the peril we face and the consequences of sustaining the political, cultural, religious and economic status quo - and acting, where possible, to support change.  

Helpful documents to download from the committee:

As the Dominican Family keeps growing, we rely on dedicated members to help us strengthen our mission. We accomplish this through the active participation of our members in our committees. Please contact Neil if you have any questions or wish to get involved.
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