Circles of Discernment Listings

Three QIF Circles of Discernment are active.

1) Bridging Polarity. This circle was started in response to the question of how Quakers can join others in responding to intense polarization in the US and other parts of the world. The circle’s initial effort has been to start creating a resource hub with links to individuals and groups who are engaged in similar activities.

• “America, we need to talk” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH9t7ud7Jgk – A video by Resetting the Table

• “Faith, Compassion, and Healing Our National Divides” https://goldenrule2020.org/faith-compassion-healing-national-divides/ – A program of the National Institute for Civil Discourse

• “Common Table” https://www.commontableoregon.org/ – A program of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

2) Regenerative Agriculture. Participants have begun preparing a Focus Book that addresses key questions. What is regenerative agriculture? Why is regenerative agriculture different from other types of alternative farming? What are the links of soil health to human, community, and global health? What is the historical and economic context?

3) Artificial Intelligence. This Circle of Discernment has been meeting regularly and has begun preparing written material for a Focus Book. How can we work to insure that ethics and ecological wisdom are built in to artificial intelligence (AI) systems that increasingly manage our corporations, schools, farms and national defense? How might the kinds of intelligence embodied in individual humans, natural organisms, communities, and machines be similar and/or different – and in what ways might the life of the spirit animate them and their relations? What can we, as Quakers, do to nurture the prospering of the divine and of Truth in all the diverse forms of intelligence that inform the natural, social and technological aspects of our planet?