A foundation stone:


The Earth is a living, conscious being. In company with cultures of many different times and places, we name these things as sacred:


Whether we see them as the breath, body and blood of the Mother, or as the blessed gifts of a Creator, or as the interconnected systems that sustain Life, we know that nothing can survive without them.

To call these things sacred is to say they have a value beyond their usefulness for human ends, that they themselves become the standards by which our acts, our economies, our laws and our purposes must be judged. No one has the right to appropriate them or profit from them at the expense of others.

Any government that fails to protect them, forfeits its legitimacy.

All people, all living things are part of the earth life, and so are sacred.

No one of us stands any higher or lower than any other. Only justice can assure balance. Only ecological balance can sustain freedom. Only in freedom can that fifth sacred thing that we call Spirit flourish in its full diversity.

To honor the sacred is to create conditions in which nourishment, sustenance, habitat, knowledge, freedom and beauty can thrive.

To honor the sacred is to make love possible.

To this we dedicate our curiosity, our will, our courage, our silences and our voices.

To this we dedicate our lives.


The Fifth Sacred Thing
ISBN: 0553373803