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April 2020
... What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath —

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down ...

- Excerpt from "Pandemic" by Lynn Ungar. To read the poem in full click here or scroll to the bottom of this message.


Do not be afraid! These are days of power and possibility! You are here now because you are needed! Continue the adventure! Keep making your difference!

In This Issue
Blog: Leadership in the most sacred of times
Sue Staropoli, Pachamama Alliance Rochester Area

These days we wake to a new reality each morning as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds. This moment in human history presents an opportunity for profound personal and spiritual growth ... My capacity for meaningful leadership is deepened by a daily practice of reflection – a time to slow down and do inner listening ... continue reading
Upcoming Drawdown Programs
We can reverse global warming. The first step is learning that it is possible. In these programs, you'll discover a solutions-oriented approach, one with a sense of opportunity, possibility, and hope for the future.
Visit our website to see all our local upcoming programs.
Our April programs are ON! and will be offered in an interactive, online format (using Zoom).
We also encourage everyone to experience the excellent 90-minute online introduction to Project Drawdown created by the Pachamama Alliance. You'll find it informative, focused, and uplifting. Then, write to us at and we'll let you know about more ways to get involved.  

Drawdown 2.0 is here! Project Drawdown published Drawdown:The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming in 2017. This year the digital update is now available online at There are 75 newly calculated solutions, some different than in the original book, arranged by sectors with detailed technical summaries. There is also a Drawdown Review to be published semi-annually (sign up on the website). There is lots to study and learn about, yet the main concept remains the same: we can all work together on these known solutions to global warming, in our communities

Again, contact us at - there's a role for everyone in reversing global warming. 

Register for Drawdown Programs
There are many ways to engage positively with climate change and help us grow the local impact of the Drawdown solutions. Take a look at this list and/or contact us at to get started.

Seeds of Hope
Deep Connecting in the Face of “Social Distancing”
Sunday, April 5, 2020
1:30-3:30 pm EDT online via Zoom or phone

As COVID-19 spreads, we are entering a place we have never been before.  We can let our anxiety and fear keep us apart. Or we can use this time to deepen our connections to our Source, to our Earth, and to each other.  As Lynne Ungar’s poem “Pandemic” says, 

Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Through whole-group processes and small breakout groups, we will:

  • Discover the hidden gifts in this strange new time of social distancing  

  • Breathe compassion into the fears we’re all carrying, and find the love that underlies our fears

  • Feel into the truth of our interconnectedness with all people and all beings, and explore ways of living into that more intentionally, even as we “keep our distance”  

  • Develop intentions and strategies for bringing meaning and hope into these times 

The event is free, and you can participate by any computer with an internet connection and microphone or with any phone (rate charges may apply).

You must enroll by Friday, April 3, to get the access instructions.  To enroll, click here, then click on the yellow “Enroll” button.  If you have difficulty with that or have any questions, email Dave at

Find out more about Seeds of Hope on our website

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Gender Circles
Men and Women Becoming Allies for Each Other:
Learning the Gift of Listening Deeply
Gender Circles have been postponed until further notice.

with Circle Co-Keepers Padme Livingstone and Dwain Wilder

Being deeply, empathically listened to can be a revelation and gift for both speaker and listener. Even though it isn’t widely known in our general culture, deep listening gives the speaker a space to see all around something that has been only partially seen from one angle before. Men and women need to do this kind of listening together more than ever these days.

Find more details about Gender Circles on our website.

Community Calendar

Wednesday April 22 is Earth Day! Our friends at Rochester People's Climate Coallition (RPCC) have a suggestion: celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day by putting a picture of the Earth - or something green - on your front door, a window of your car, yourself (wear green), and compose a statement, like "Celebrate Earth Day 50th Anniversary", "No Planet B",  "Love Our Mother Earth", "Game ON!" - you get the idea. Take a photo and send these messages to friends and family. If the weather is good, meet outdoors, maintaining safe distance. Walk and play outside with others.

Community Calendar in a new online format: We will continue to update the Community Calendar in coming weeks. The Rochester community has an abundance of events where activists and others gather to learn from each other, share talents and ideas, and move towards action. Find one that interests you and be inspired! 

Check out upcoming events on the Community Calendar. One a mobile device, try the "Agenda" view. Note that many events may be affected by the coronavirus situation and the corresponding limits on public gatherings. Please check the event/Facebook page for up to date details. 

Please contact before April 20, 2020 with events for the next newsletter, and include "Newsletter Item" in the subject line.
Expand your perspective and deepen your understanding: here's a list (with descriptions) of articles, books, and movies for your consideration.

Sharing and Living the Vision
If you are looking for resources and information on the challenges facing the environment and the human community, as well as ways and opportunities to stay involved and make your voice heard, look through this A-Z list of local, national, and international organizations.

Sustainable Shopping
Support your values with your dollars! See this list of articles and companies - many in the Rochester area - dedicated to sustainable practices. 

If you would like to make additions to any of these lists, email with subject line "Newsletter Lists".

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From the Pachamama Alliance National Leadership
  • Coronavirus - An invitation to join the global discussion: "As the world responds to COVID-19 (coronavirus) with hygiene best practices and social distancing, there’s also a growing awareness that spaces to share, to remember our interconnectedness, and to simply be with each other are crucial responses to the fear and isolation of lockdown. Join the Pachamama Alliance global community in an open forum to share what's alive for you now, and to see and hear what others around the world are experiencing."
  • Game Changer Intensive - Enrollment closes tonight, March 22 - there's still time to sign up!  This is a unique online course that will inspire you and equip you to become a game-changing leader in the world. To change the game, what’s needed is for a critical mass of citizens to step up, individually and collectively. The Game Changer Intensive is a powerful training program that catalyzes both the inner and outer resources needed—who we need to be and what we need to do—to engage in effective action in the world. Learn more and register.
  • Pachamama Alliance has created the "Up to Us" engagement pathway to educate, inspire, and engage a critical mass of pro-activist leaders who are committed to bringing forth a thriving, just, and sustainable world for all. Explore the Pachamama Alliance offerings on their website. 
  • Awakening The Dreamer, Changing the Dream is an interactive, on-line experience which has helped countless people around the world move from fear and cynicism about the future to active, contagious hope. Access the 2-hour on-line program here to register for this free program. We need your help to spread this vision and empowering experience! To help us connect to greater Rochester area community groups who might like to host live symposiums, please send an email to

  • Join the Pachamama Alliance Global Commons, a powerful way for people to stay connected – in relationships, learning, and action – across the globe. Sign up here to get started.
Find Pachamama Alliance on Facebook at

What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath —

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.


And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

In ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart

Reach out your words

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.


Promise this world your love —

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.

"Pandemic", Lynn Ungar 3/11/20
Read a Chicago Tribune columnist's article about the poem.

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