“It’s all a question of story. We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are in between stories. The old story, the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it, is no longer effective. We have not learned the new story.” —Thomas Berry

“Change the Story, Change the World” —Findhorn Foundation

What is the New Story?

We believe that the process of evolution including the further evolution of the human species is on-going, that the next step is the further evolution of consciousness, and that this step is urgent and necessary for our survival as a species and for the survival of the planet.

We believe the Earth and all Creation are sacred. Knowing that we are deeply interconnected with all Creation, we urgently seek to be transformed and to be agents of transformation in response to the crises of our time. Recognizing this truth and continuing to be led by the Inner Light and wisdom traditions, we are committed to active participation in this emerging consciousness.

The New Story as explored by Brian Swimme, Thomas Berry, Joanna Macy, and others is a integration of a new cosmology, deep ecology, and a non-visible realm variously named God, “the aliveness,” the All-Nourishing Abyss, the Implicate Order, the Light. We also look to the old stories to discover the timeless truths of the wisdom traditions of our and other faiths. Within this framework we seek to answer questions such as:

  • In the context of the New Story, what is God? Light? Reality? Consciousness? The self?
  • What are the habitual patterns of thought and behavior that hold me/us back from experiencing connection to all life on Earth?
  • How do we become agents for the transformation of consciousness?
  • What is the special contribution of our faith traditions to the New Story?
  • What is the contribution of the New Story to our faith traditions?

For more information and meeting times write to New-Story@fmcquaker.org.

NEXT MEETING: February 22, 2021

January 25, 2021

December 28, 2020, NO MEETING

November 30, 2020, Virtual Meeting

October 26, 2020, Virtual Meeting

September 28, 2020, Virtual Meeting

August 24, 2020, Virtual Meeting

July 27, 2020, Virtual Meeting

June 22, 2020, Virtual Meeting

May 25, 2020, Virtual Meeting

April 27, 2020, Virtual Meeting

March 23, 2020, Virtual Meeting

February 24, 2020

December 23, 2019


November 25, 2019

November 2, 2019

October 28, 2019

September 23, 2019

July 22, 2019

June 24, 2019

May 20, 2019

April 22, 2019

March 25, 2019

  • What is Consciousness?

February 25, 2019

  • Further discussion of the video by Barbara Marx Hubbard, “Emergence of a New Human Species”
  • Notes on Hubbard video

January 28, 2019

  • video by Barbara Marx Hubbard “Planetary Mission: Unique Self Symphony of Human Genius, Innovation & Synergy“

December–No meeting

Whirling Derivish Sema, November 4, 2018, 3:00pm

Reading for Meeting September 24, 2018

January 2018 to August 2018

Reading for Meeting August 27, 2018

  • Notes for Part II of Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution.

Reading for Meeting July 23, 2018

  • Notes for Part I of Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution.

Summer 2018 Newsletter

Report on the Retreat, June 15-17, 2018

Report on Meeting of May 28, 2018

Newsletter May 21, 2018

Report on Meeting of April 23, 2018


Reading for meeting on April 23, 2018

New Story Newsletter, April 14, 2018

Report on Meeting of March 27, 2018

Report on Meeting of February 26, 2018

Readings for meeting on February 26, 2018

Topic for January 22, 2018