The New Creation Story

The New Creation Story

“Andrew Beath’s The New Creation Story is in the great tradition of Thomas Berry’s Universe Story.  It is a terrific book that describes a new, more accurate, and more hopeful story of humankind on its evolutionary journey. It is practical philosophy that gives a context for reflection and action.”                  

          – David Orr, Oberlin Distinguished Professor and environmental sustainability author

A few months ago we began a series of gatherings at my family house, the Malibu Pueblo, which is also the home of EarthWays Foundation. Our next gathering will be Sunday, February 21st at 5:00 pm. The intention is to build community around the relational principles found in The New Creation Story trilogy, which is subtitled: Spirit, Eros and Climate Chaos.

For those who have been to one of my “book readings” you will find this gathering to be different. It’s more a social gathering than a reading. There will be a 15-minute presentation to describe our present-day human condition—the context in which we find ourselves. In addition, we will have a twenty minute reading from The New Creation Story, and a question/answer discussion about the ideas that spontaneously arise, such as: who are we are as species, where did self-reflective consciousness come from? What are our current planet-threatening (therefore child threatening) challenges, and how might we heal the wounds that the current human world-view and behavior are creating. This healing is personal, including one’s physical body, emotional well-being, one’s psyche and one’s spiritual connection; the necessary healing is also relational and cultural, as the term Eros in the subtitle implies. Our objective in being together is to help heal one another, our culture and our planet

There is no charge or required donation. The 21st is an almost-full moon, as has been our short tradition—magnificent to see and appreciate from our Malibu perch. Please bring some “finger food” to share with others, but there will not be a full meal so we will officially end before dinner; our time together will include opportunities to visit with each other and enjoy the ocean air, the sunset and the moon rise. We have lots of room, so please bring a friend or two.

Sunday, February 21

5:00 to 7:30pm

Malibu Pueblo

20178 Rockport Way, Malibu, CA

“A bold and brilliant analysis of the human story set against the predicament of climate change. Beath strikes at the heart (exposes the pain) of our cultural paralysis, explores the root causes and skillfully describes the way to a responsible and enlightened future. I can genuinely say how very good it is, and how particularly poignant it was to read it after the Climate March in NYC—in the context of the ever-present question of what will become of us, what should we do?”

— Linda Solomon Wood, Editor-in-Chief,

     The National Observer 

Buy Book 2 from Amazon.

“Beath has written a thoughtful, passionate history of The Planet, The Human Species, and, basically, The Future, where we are now, and where may be headed. It’s both an easy-going and a stunning read, one of these profound books that seemingly come out of nowhere. One of the best reads in a long time, and couldn’t be more timely.” 

—Steve Chapple, UCSD

Buy Book 1 from Amazon.

Invitation for Gathering at Andrew’s

Invitation for Gathering at Andrew’s

It is in the great tradition of Thomas Berry’s Universe Story. It is a terrific book that describes a new, more accurate, and more hopeful story of humankind on its evolutionary journey. It is practical philosophy that gives a context for reflection and action.”            

 – David Orr, Oberlin Distinguished Professor and environmental sustainability author

Two months ago we began a series of gatherings at my family house, the Malibu Pueblo, which is also the home of EarthWays Foundation. Our next gathering will be Sunday, November 22nd at 4:30 pm. The intention is to build community around the relational principles found in The New Creation Story trilogy, which is subtitled: Spirit, Eros and Climate Chaos.

This meeting is more a social and interactive gathering than a book “reading”. There will be a 15 minute presentation to describe our present-day human condition—the context in which we find ourselves. In addition, we will have a 15 or 20 minute reading from The New Creation Story, and a question and answer discussion about ideas that spontaneously arise, such as: who are we are as species, where did self-reflective consciousness come from? What are our current planet-threatening (therefore child threatening) challenges, and how might we heal the wounds that current human activity is causing.

This healing is personal, including one’s physical body, emotional well being, one’s psyche, and one’s spiritual connection–it results in both relational and cultural transformation, as the term Eros in the books’ subtitle implies: Spirit, Eros and Climate Chaos. Our objective in being together is to help heal one another, our culture and our planet Earth. There will be an almost-full moon for us to enjoy.

No charge or donation is required. We will officially end before dinner; there will not be a meal provided, but please feel free to bring “finger food” to share with others. Our gathering will include lots of time to visit with each other. Bring a friend or two; we have room.

Sunday, November 22
4:30 to 7pm
Malibu Pueblo
20178 Rockport Way, Malibu, CA

The New Creation Story Book 3: The Ecological Epoch

“A bold and brilliant analysis of the human story set against the predicament of climate change. Beath strikes at the heart (exposes the pain) of our cultural paralysis, explores the root causes and skillfully describes the way to a responsible and enlightened future. I can genuinely say how very good it is, and how particularly poignant it was to read it after the Climate March in NYC—in the context of the ever-present question of what will become of us, what should we do?”
— Linda Solomon Wood, Editor-in-Chief,
The National Observer

Buy Book 3 from Amazon.
“Beath has written a thoughtful, passionate history of The Planet, The Human Species, and, basically, The Future, where we are now, and where may be headed. It’s both an easy-going and a stunning read, one of these profound books that seemingly come out of nowhere. One of the best reads in a long time, and couldn’t be more timely.”
—Steve Chapple, UCSD

Buy Book 1 from Amazon.

The New Creation Story by Andrew Beath

The New Creation Story by Andrew Beath

Dear Friends,

On sunday from 4:40 pm to 7 pm we are gathering for:

full moon rising and lunar eclipse

council conversation based on the recently published trilogy:

The New Creation Story

Spirit, Eros and Climate Chaos 

if you want to stay for the eclipse, please bring some food and / or drink for yourself. There won’t be a formal meal.

See you Sunday.

“Enlightenment is intimacy with all things” (Dogen, 13th century)

beauty, love and courage,

Andrew Beath

Founder’s Letter by Andrew Beath

Founder’s Letter by Andrew Beath

Earthways’ purpose is to find a deeper understanding of our relationship to the natural world in order to bring additional light to the wisdom of our ancestors, the elders that have come before us. This awareness will help us address some of the problems that face the entire community of life with whom we share our planet. Upon realizing the interrelationship of all living things and becoming conscious of the destructive potential of local and planetary problems, such as ozone holes and global warming, it seems clear that action is needed to restore an appropriate balance.

Misunderstanding our circumstance within this global community has imposed a huge burden on the community. Humans’ sense of self importance, of standing outside the larger community, is the very thing that gives us license to exploit the planet: by eliminating habitat, by over-consumption, by not paying attention to what we are all doing.

Economics can not come first. Economic decisions must be woven with ecological wisdom. To paraphrase Gary Snyder from his book, Earth House Hold, the word “ecology” means the planet as a “house and home” . This context should be the underlying essence of all economic decisions. We have polluted our home out of ignorance. Will we continue to spoil our nest? How will we be truly nurtured? The children of the planet are suffering.

“Developing world” children are dying of malnutrition and preventable diseases at the rate of 40,000 per day, while in our society, wealth, fame and influence are compelling distractions that frequently consume our precious gift of life. Young people in our country have enough to eat but suffer deprivation from lack of connection to family, to Nature, to Spirit; and yet, these are the very things manifested when we understand the nature of interconnectedness.

So, what are we doing at EarthWays? Again and again I’m drawn to a poetic phrase from a Kate Wolf song: “We are crying for a vision that all living things can share”. We are crying within from the anguish of the destruction, crying tears. We are crying out to bring attention to the devastation and to find that vision for the Whales and Dolphins, for the two thousand year old Redwoods being brutally taken at Headwaters, and for the children dying daily. From this inward crying comes personal awareness that gives direction to our desire to take action. Personal transformation is the first step to global change. From “crying out” comes an action to contribute, in however small a fashion, to making things a little better.

We can help to save endangered species and stop destroying wildlife habitat, and we can reduce pollution in our cities. We can also change our perception and encourage our friends to awaken to a new understanding of Human’s relationship to Nature. Are we, at EarthWays, improving things for the community of life that Mother Earth has so generously created to accompany us on our short adventure here? I think that we are, at least a little. And I also believe that as more of us become involved things really will improve noticeably. As more of us become aware that happiness can come from appropriate relationship to plants and animals and people, the growing planetary problems will subside. A vision that all living things can share is complicated. But doing something to help is simple. Lets all just start there. What is EarthWays? We’re a group of people trying to do something to help.

Please join us by becoming a member of EarthWays.

Andrew Beath, Founder

(For an expanded explication of our mission and philosophy please refer to Andrew’s book: Consciousness In Action, the Power of Beauty, Love and Courage in a Violent Time at www.consciousnessinaction.com )

info@earthways.org