As our North American society enters a new millennium, there are overwhelming indications that we are not only on the verge of undergoing sweeping cultural changes but that it is imperative that we undertake the work of intentionally changing culture. There is potential and great impending need for this to happen. Deep Ecologist and Systems Theoretician Joanna Macy refers to this time as the Great Turning - a time in which our society reorients its priorities and behaviors in order to live sustainably and harmoniously, with one another and with the environment (see www.joannamacy.net).
This is the work of ConSpiritu. It is the work of creating a culture that seeks the welfare of all members of the global community – human and non-human as well. It requires a working methodology that is interdisciplinary and collaborative. It involves spiritual formation, worship, active and passive learning styles, the arts, discussion groups, intentional communities, social activism, and more. The vision of ConSpiritu is of collaboration between environmentalists and farmers, activists and artists, spiritual and religious leaders and earnest seekers, academics and laborers, performers and other producers of culture. ConSpiritu is designed to gather the Culturally Creative persons of all gender expressions, ethnicities, religious and spiritual traditions, and life experiences in order to catalyze the synergistic creativity of collaboration. The goal will be to transform society through the creation of culture – a culture that embodies the ideals of the Beloved Community, and is economically and environmentally sustainable, spiritually active, and socially engaged.
What the ConSpiritu logo represents: The four interlocked circles symbolize the four intersecting concerns of ConSpiritu – * Earth * Spirit * Arts * Justice
Woven together, the circles symbolize the breathing together and collaboration of those who come together on behalf of the transformation of the world.