Ecotheology and a New Story
Some ecotheologians believe that our greatest need today, intellectually and spiritually, is for people around the world to awaken to, and learn to share, a new creation story which evokes a respect and care for the community of life. The old story in the modern West was based on a duality between humanity and the more-than-human world, leading people to think that humans that they are not part of the web of life are to have dominion over the earth. This dualism was spread throughout the world under the aegis of "progress." Accordingly, a new story is needed that links social justice and ecology, inviting people to recognize that they are small but included in a complex, creative, and evolving universe. The filmmakers behind this film are working on telling it. They are not alone; see Journey of the Universe. And, if based on evolution, this story can include belief in God; see Thomas Berry, Process Theology, and the Universe Story.
The Making of the FilmThe film was inspired by the New Story Summit at the Findhorn Foundation: a sold-out multicultural, multigenerational enquiry into a new story for humanity, attended by change makers and activists from over 50 countries. A number of professional filmmakers gifted their skills during the summit and conducted a series of interviews with key speakers, each carrying a thread of the new story.
This feature length film brings together excerpts from some of these inspiring interviews, along with key moments from the summit itself. It is intended as a tool to inspire and inform, to foster further enquiry, and to serve as a call to action in service to a better world.
The film is a beautifully and sensitively woven tapestry of the rich diversity that is the human family. Featuring live event coverage and interviews on the essential topics of our time: from cosmology to ecology, from ancient wisdom to current thinking, from leadership to governance, from economy to social justice, from education to initiation, from community to sustainability.
Captured through the lens of both our frailty and our wisdom, our pain and our joy, this enquiry into a new story for humanity offers a gateway into the evolutionary consciousness that will propel us as a species to recognise and embody our interdependence in harmony with the planet and in partnership with all life.
The Film as Our Gift to YouThe film has been produced entirely on the basis of gift economy, as was the summit itself, and is being offered online as our gift to you. A labour of love, the production of the film would not have been possible were it not for the generous gifting of summiteers. We are deeply appreciative of the talents, skills, abilities, creativity, wisdom, open-heartedness and love of all those who contributed. We are also grateful for the presence of all those who attended the summit and for their ongoing work in the world in accelerating a new story for humanity to live into.
A Primer on Ecotheology
Ecotheologian. Someone who consciously presents lures for feeling and understanding aimed at helping people live kindly with one another and gently with the earth by means of words, images, movements, and sounds.