Tevyn East, who is producing and performing this new work of theater, has been influenced by many peace and justice activists and faith-based political advocates. Below are some of the organizations that have directly informed this new work or have provided support and energy to this creative undertaking:
- Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries is an “ecumenical experiment in discipleship and mutual aid.” In February of 2010, the Bartimaeus Institute is offering a study entitled “Luke, Sabbath Economics, and Eco-Justice”, co-sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
- The Faith Economy and Ecology Working Group, facilitated by the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, is working toward an economy that supports wellbeing and ecological health, through education and policy reform.
- The Faith and Money Network seeks to “work with people to connect faith, money, and practice in order to sustain lives of integrity that offer a positive contribution in their communities.”
- The Servant Leadership School is “an ecumenical center for theological reflection and spiritual formation”, growing out of the legacy of the Church of the Saviour.
- Word and World is an “experiment in alternative theological education- bridging the gulf between the seminary, the sanctuary, and the street.”
- The Moral Economy Project, a project of the Quaker Institute of the Future, is developing an analysis of what a moral economy would look like, and how to get there.
- Mike Schut has just entered the Episcopal Church’s new office of Economic and Environmental Affairs, and is dealing with the relevant spiritual questions concerning our adoption of economic practices in his new book Money and Faith: the Search for Enough.
- The Possibility Alliance is a remarkably vibrant and hopeful example of how a community can practice radical simplicity while lifting up a theology of abundance.
- Willow Springs is the lovely community experiment that is supporting the Affording Hope Project by offering an artist residency to Tevyn for the month of October and November.
- Earthdance is a workshop retreat center, a haven for movement artists from all over the world, which is hosting a residency of The Affording Project in February.
Movements that have indirectly influenced The Affording Hope Project
- The Great Turning, as articulated by the great teacher and author, Joanna Macy
- The Transition Movement, a positive and practical movement to increase resilience within local economies.
- Earth Ministry and the Interfaith Power and Light Movement (http://www.earthministry.org/ ), creating a moral imperative for addressing climate change and other ecological crisis.
Videos/ Films/ Power point
- The Story of Stuff is an exposition of how social engineering developed a consumption oriented society in the industrialized world: which has resulted in ecological devastation, labor exploitation, and a toxic world.
- The Crash Course (http://www.chrismartenson.com/crashcourse) outlines the problematic principles that our economic system is based upon and how that motivates and aggravates the energy and environmental crisis that we now face.
- Home (http://www.home-2009.com/us/index.html) is a breathtakingly gorgeous full length film that portrays the remarkable history of the planet, the history of civilization, and the devastating impact that modern society has had on the web of life called Earth.
- Workers of the World Relax (http://www.workersoftheworldrelax.org/) portrays how the pursuit of technological advancement, efficient productivity, and ever increasing consumption does not result in better quality of life.
- The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics (http://bcm-net.org/wordpress/resources/), by Ched Myers
- Sabbath Economics: Household Practices(http://bcm-net.org/wordpress/resources/), by Matt Colwell
- Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communitites and the Durable Future (http://www.billmckibben.com/deep-economy.html), by Bill Mckibben
- Earth Community, Earth Ethics (http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/rx-for-the-earth/941), by Larry Rasmussen
- Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (http://www.joannamacy.net/html/books.html), By Joanna Macy
- Sustainability and Spirituality (http://www.amazon.com/Sustainability-Spirituality-John-E-Carroll/dp/0791461785) by John E. Carroll
- Blessed Unrest (http://www.blessedunrest.com/) by Paul Hawkins
- For a comprehensive bibliography of websites, books, and articles related to these issues please visit http://maryknollogc.org/economic/FEE_bibliography.html