Unity Worldwide Ministries’ EarthCare Ministry Team has partnered with the Pachamama Alliance to create Awakening the Dreamer Through Unity, a program to foster awareness of our spiritual oneness with our Earth home and promote active care of creation.
The Pachamama Alliance arose in response to a “call” that came from the Achuar people, an intact indigenous dream-culture in the Amazon region of Ecuador and Peru. In the late 1980s, the Achuar elders and shamans began having dreams and visions that a grave threat was coming to their people as the outside world’s thirst for oil threatened their land and culture. And so, the Achuar reached out to create a partnership with the very world that was threatening to destroy them.
As a result, in 1995 the Pachamama Alliance was formed to protect the Achuar lands, work that is still required to this day (Pachamama is a Quechua word that translates as Mother Earth, but which more accurately includes the sacred presence of the Earth, the sky, the universe and all time). The Achuar observed that this threat originated in the “dream of the modern world,” the culture of consumption and acquisition which disregards our impact on the natural world and even our own future. They invited the Pachamama Alliance to find ways to change that dream. This request shaped the Awakening the Dreamer Initiative, the purpose of which is bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet.
The core of this initiative is the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, a 3½-hour workshop created in 2005 that has since been presented in more than 70 countries, in 12 or more languages, by more than 4,000 trained volunteer facilitators. Now, in a partnership between our organizations, we have created Awakening the Dreamer Through Unity, a tailored adaptation of this message designed specifically for Unity congregations. With video messages by Unity leaders, Unity teachings and a call to action through the EarthCare Program, the symposium will provide an important way for the Unity EarthCare Team (UET) to assist congregations in integrating an earth-oriented spirituality into their ministry.
Through a variety of programs by both the Pachamama Alliance and Unity EarthCare, we hope to manifest all Unity basic principles, but especially the action principle: Through thoughts, words and actions we live the truth we know. As founder Lynne Twist says, “It’s clear that when two organizations like Unity and the Pachamama Alliance can align in action that a powerful force is unleashed in the world—such is this moment. I’m thrilled to see our partnership manifested now with Unity adaptations of Pachamama Alliance tools and strategies that can spread far and wide through the Unity network, awakening many thousands more people into action for our shared vision of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just world.”
Unity Worldwide Ministries, through its EarthCare Team, embraces this opportunity to face full-on both the opportunity and challenges of our times in a way that gives energy and hope to healing our planet, while being open to the fact that something greater than ourselves is moving.