Facilitating U.S. China Cooperation, Peace & Climate Solutions

Dear Reader,

Happy Earth Day Every Day!

We just helped publish a Living Earth Guide filled with Mindful Earthisms and other resources for helping individuals, organizations, and communities Celebrate Earth Day Every Day. Please take a few minutes to explore the contents that were initially inspired by John Cobb’s earlier works that Ignacio shared with Charles Betterton.

Please join us this Thursday at 1:00pm PDT for a presentation by and conversation on A New Thought Perspective on Climate with Rev. Dr. David Alexander of the Spiritual Living Center Atlanta. Our next Youth Sharing from the Heart Dialogue is this coming Friday and it sounds quite interesting. And we open this issue on a somber note with a message from John Cobb.

Withdrawing Support From Israel’s Slaughter of Palestinians

Nongovernmental organizations have specific reasons for their existence, and when the issues they think of addressing are different, they must consider how their statements may affect their chosen mission. The Living Earth Movement has adopted a name that indicates a very wide range of specific topics, but it recognizes that its specific reason for being is concern about the relation of the United States and China. We believe that enmity between the world’s two greatest nations is the major obstacle to their leading the world to deal well with the challenge to the planet’s long-term health. We seek to persuade these two nations to work together to lead the Earth to organize itself for sustainability and health. Americans are split with regard to the policies of Israel in relation to the Palestinians; so, any position we take will be divisive with respect to our major mission.

On the other hand, it is important that NGOs use their privileged position to support each other when this reflects their current collective judgment. The moral consciousness of the world is overwhelmingly opposed to one nation’s efforts to eliminate whole classes of people simply because they belong to another nationality or class that is felt as a threat. Israel appears to aim to reduce the Palestinian population regardless of the acts or commitments of those who are killed. It does not seem, for example, to be particularly concerned to avoid the killing of babies and young children. It seems to consider a reduction of the Palestinian population good in itself and requiring no special justification.

The United States would no doubt cry out loudly against such barbarism if Chinese policy led to its practice by China. But our government has been very slow to criticize our ally. On the contrary we have supplied abundant weapons for slaughter. It seems that Biden finally differentiated himself from the government of Israel, but only because he saw that his uncritical support of Israel was costing him badly needed votes. This suggests that popular protests are effective and that remaining neutral and silent is not acceptable. Accordingly, we join with the many Americans who feel they must stand strongly against the massive killing of people just because they are Palestinian. It is past time for silence. Perhaps our adding the voice of the Living Earth Movement, we can add a little to the pressure on Biden to withdraw support from slaughtering those from whom Israel has taken the land.

John Cobb

Living Earth Guide with Mindful Earthisms

We are happy to help share the gift of a digital Living Earth Guide April 2024 with Mindful Earthisms inspired by John B. Cobb, Jr. and other resources for Celebrating Earth Day everyday.   Please share the Living Earth Guide with anyone who may be interested and share any content you would suggest we include in future editions.

Thanks to the vision and generosity of Harry Uvegi and sponsorship by Brand Earth, the Living Earth Guide will be a monthly publication, initially a digital magazine. Each issue will include a primary focus on the Mindful Earthisms for Celebrating Earth Day Every Day and provide related content from John Cobb and other experts in related fields. All of these activities are components of our Earth StewardHeirShip Holon Project in support of the Holomovement.

For an overview of our Mindful Blessisms and Earthisms, please watch this 4.4 minute Welcome to the Wonderful World of EARTHisms from Planet Blessed, Inc. https://youtu.be/IDe4nNBvnMs?feature=shared 

Welcome to the Wonderful World of EARTHism & EARTHists from Planet Blessed, Inc.

A New Thought Perspective on Climate
with Rev. Dr. David Alexander

Rev. Dr. David Alexander wrote the lead article on A New Thought Perspective on Climate for the April 2024 issue of Science of Mind magazine published by the Centers for Spiritual Living.  The article can be downloaded from a webpage about Social Activism or directly by Clicking Here.

David was raised in New Thought had a profound spiritual awakening at age 13, after which he dedicated his life to helping others. In 2004, David co-founded the New Thought Center for Spiritual Living and served as its Senior Minister for 15 years. Rev. David currently serves as Spiritual Director for the Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta.

Rev. David was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in 2009. A social justice activist, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Community of Welcoming Congregations, a Portland-based alliance with the mission of ‘providing a voice for LGBTQ and allied people of faith.’ Rev. David writes a monthly column – ‘Philosophy in Action’ – for Science of Mind magazine and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Centers for Spiritual Living in 2014.

In 2015 Dr. David was inducted into the College of Bishops and Affirming Faith Leaders by the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and in 2016 was recognized with a Force for Good Award from Unity of Sacramento. Rev. David has served on the leadership councils for both the Centers for Spiritual Living and the Association for Global New Thought. Locally Rev. David was selected to serve on the Social Justice, Race and Equity Commission for the city of Brookhaven, Georgia in 2021. Dr. David is the author of “Attained by All: A Case for New Thought Liberation Theology” ( release in Spring 2024 ) and the visionary organizer for the groundbreaking workbook “Recovery from the Lie of Whiteness; a twelve step approach.

Living Earth Youth Dialogue  Ether Permaculture

Friday, April 26, 2024 from 6:00–7:30 pm PDT

Learn more and Register at this Page

Who Else Thinks John Cobb’s Life Warrants A Documentary?

The Redford Center’s grant making program is now open for submissions for  $25,000 grants to feature-length documentary projects and docuseries at any stage of development and production that inspire, inform, and engage audiences in innovative and thoughtful environmental solutions. Grantees will be invited to attend an in-person Grants Summit for project development and advisement, and the opportunity to apply for up to $75,000 in additional second year funding. The deadline to apply is May 10  Register here.
If you would like to help ensure John Cobb’s legacies are captured in a documentary, please let us know!  Send an email to  Charles Betterton

The purpose of our EARTHIST  Holon Project is to develop programs and publications that help inspire, enable, and empower individuals, organizations, and communities to practice Earth StewardHeirShip.

That will help us be better able to honor, protect, and help regenerate Earth, our shared common home. We are inspired by the relevance of John Cobb's teachings and the Living Earth Movement, their potential to effect a shift in planetary consciousness, and how they could help support the aims of the Holomovement. As part of our project we publish a  Mindful Earthism each day to encourage celebrating Earth Day every day. Details at Earthism.Space.

StewardHeirShip encompasses alignment with Spirit, Service, Stewardship, and Conscious Sustainable Living. Our action project is to publish and produce multimedia content including How-To-Guidebooks based on the work of John B. Cobb, Jr.  Love, especially unconditional love, is central to our vision and mission. We incorporate resources from The Love Foundation and The Love Center in our programs and publications whenever appropriate.

We deeply appreciate your participation in Living Earth Movement!  Please contact me anytime I may be of any possible assistance at 760-212-9931  or charlesbetterton@gmail.com. Thank you for your participation and support!

Charles Betterton, MSCED with John Cobb, February 16, 2024

Gratefully Serving as Executive Director for The Living Earth Movement Center for U.S. China Cooperation, Peace, and Climate Solutions

PS. Over 1,500 members of the organizations producing, partnering with, sponsoring and or promoting the events we participate with that have a combined audience of well over 4 ,000,000 participants are members of the ONE World Mighty Network. If you resonate, you're invited to Discover ONE World: A Deep Beloved Community of Networks where Individuals and Interconnected Communities Unite to Make a Global, Synergized Impact and Invite You To Share Your Mission for 2024  https://bit.ly/oneworldnetwork