Cherice Bock worries about the human tendency to separate our spiritual concerns from our material condition—a problem she traces back to a dualist philosophical tradition that elevates “culture” over “nature.”
“For many of us who have been taught that our whole lives, it’s hard to feel connected to the natural world,” she reflects. That’s why she and Christy Randazzo have worked out another way of thinking, drawing upon Quaker tradition to inform an eco-conscious sensibility.
Cherice invokes the metaphor of the Light to show how people and other creatures are part of an interconnected system. “As we learn better how to be part of the community,” she explains, “we don’t have to try to control all of it and be above nature. We are participants and beloved members of the community.”