12049326_168296733511655_8232414487081830262_nThe Salish Sea Spiritual Ecology Alliance (SSSEA) comes together to discuss issues related to spirituality, ecology and doing interfaith work in the Salish Sea bioregion approximately once a month. If you are interested in attending sign up for our email list!

Past Discussions

June 24, 2015

“Doing Interfaith Ecology Work in the Salish Sea Biome”

The SSSEA is an emerging group of scholars, activists, artists and citizens of the Salish Sea Biome devoted to bringing spirituality and ecology together in ways that forge sustainable, meaningful and reciprocal relationships between humanity and the earth. To that end, this year will see the convening of the Parliament of World Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah. The SSSEA will be sending a delegation to discuss the importance of ecology and place in our conversations about faith, spirituality and unity.

On June 24 at 6:00 pm SSSEA facilitated a discussion regarding the importance of interfaith dialogue within the context of ecological spirituality. All faiths, denominations, and spiritual orientations were welcome to participate.

We started the evening by discussing the mission of SSSEA and our upcoming Convergence. We also discussed the purpose and details of the upcoming Parliament of World Religions. We then opened the discussion on the importance of interfaith dialogue in the context of ecological work in the Salish Sea biome.

April 20, 2015

What do we mean by ‘sacred,’ as settlers on unceded Salish land?

Seeding the Discussion: Earth-Based Spirituality: An Indigenous Paradigm, Christopher Peters (Pohlik-lah/Karuk) (26:00 min)

  • As eco-activists on Salish land, should we be knowledgeable of ‘Indian Laws’ and  indigenous sacred spaces? Are we at risk of colonizing the sacred?
  • How to create interfaith sacred spaces: who’s images, sculptures, musics, language, symbolism?
  • How to bring Indigenous’ voice to our group?
  • Closing: Mindful listening

Some key points:

  1. We seem to share a common definition of The Sacred
  2. Interfaith rituals could be dedicated to Mother Earth
  3. The science story can be part of the interfaith story
  4. Religions can settle in new lands without doing harm. The keyword is deep LISTENING. Encounter is the way that we need to think about different faith traditions coming into contact. This is to be contrasted with proselytizing or the attempt to convert…
  5. A major distinction between Aboriginal people and settlers concerns being a stewart of the land versus owning the land.
  6. We could invite Aboriginal elders, or volunteer with Aboriginal. Several people in SSSEA are deeply involved with Aboriginal groups.
  7. Love is the basic nature of our relationship with each other and the world. How can Love become the foundation and how, precisely, does it relate to our sense of the Sacred?

March 2, 2015

Occupy Spirit 

We explored both the ways that spirituality and activism inspire each other as well as tensions between the two. One of our intentions is that all attendees have an opportunity to participate by sharing insights, stories and ideas.


  • What do we mean by activism?
  • What is the deeper place that motivates our activism?
  • How do we build a bridge between what we see as inner work and what we see as outer work?
  • What does the ‘new’ spirituality look like in the modern world where a consciousness of change is required?


Joanna Macy, from “World as Lover, World as Self, Chapter Two: Self and Society”  (10 pages)
Derrick Jensen, essay: Beyond Hope
Adam Bucko: Occupy Spirituality

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