Eileen Flanagan: Finding Hope Post-Paris

Many thanks to Eileen Flanagan of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), who gave an inspirational talk, helping us to find hope following the conclusion of the Paris Climate Conference.  See what she said here.


Event details:

Wednesday 16th December, 1:45pm

at Bull St Quaker Meeting House, Birmingham, B4 6AF

A lunchtime talk from environmental activist Eileen Flanagan, from Earth Quaker Action Team, about her new book: Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicy.

Eileen Flanagan is the clerk of the board of Earth Quaker Action Team, which uses nonviolent direct action to work for a just and sustainable society. A longtime teacher at Pendle Hill, she teaches in the new Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness program and is a member of Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting in Philadelphia. Her newest book, Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope has been endorsed by Mary Robinson, Kumi Naidoo, and Bill McKibben. Her previous book, The Wisdom to Know the Difference, was endorsed by the Dalai Lama. Learn more about her work at

At age forty-nine, Eileen Flanagan had an aching feeling that she wasn’t living up to her potential-or her youthful ideals. A former Peace Corps volunteer who’d once loved the simplicity of living in a mud hut in Botswana, she now had too many e-mails in her inbox and a basement full of stuff she didn’t need. Increasingly worried about her children’s future on a warming planet, she felt unable to make a difference-until she joined a band of singing Quaker activists who helped her find her voice and her power.

Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope is the story of a spiritual writer and mother of two who, while trying to change the world, unexpectedly finds the courage to change her life. With wit and wisdom, Eileen Flanagan shares the engaging journey that brings her from midlife spiritual crisis to fulfillment and hope-and, briefly, to jail.

Following the close of the Paris Climate summit, this is a great chance to get inspired – whatever the outcome – and look to future with hope and determination.  All welcome!