Global Healing

Global Healing Annual Report 2017


Submitted by Rebecca Tobias - Global Healing Director

The WHALE Center has long been affiliated with and is in active Cooperation Circle of the United Religions initiative. has over 900 CC's worldwide and is active in over 104 countries. The Purpose of URI is, "to promote enduring daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings." This year our CC Global Healing has been actively engaged in designing concordant programming with several CC's regionally and internationally to broaden interfaith and intercultural understanding as well as ecological wisdom in community. Locally this has included efforts with SolarCities CC and Protecting and Restoring the Sacred CC in stewarding the Open House and serving on the Board of Directors of the Rosebud Continuum Eco-Science Center in Land O 'Lakes Florida. On June 24th 2017 the greater Tampa community was invited to participate in a traditional Dakota Sioux Tipi raising and blessing ceremony overseen Black Hills Treaty Council Elder and Wisdom Keeper Sisseton Oyate Julian Boucher and Global Healing CC member (and URI Global Council Trustee) Chief Phil Lane Jr. Following in the afternoon, Chief Phil, Elder Julian and Rebecca Tobias facilitated an intergenerational cultural heritage program entitled, "Honoring Ancestors, Honoring Mother Earth."

Global Healing CC members participated in the URI Salish Sea BioRegional Gathering which took place in Vancouver, Canada October 20th-22 2017 which included a community discussion of the, "Critical State of Mother Earth' which drew from a document of the same name co-authored by Chief Phil Lane Jr. and Greenpeace Founder Rex Weyler. The program included the examination of threats to cultural traditions and practices as well as the current and future health of biodiversity in the Salish Sea. Several regional Indigenous tribal representatives (Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Squamish) shared their concerns about the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline project which directly affects all who inhabit the region. Rex Weyler, Chief Phil Lane Jr. and Rebecca Tobias sought to facilitate a productive discussion about how the regional and local spiritual community could come to common ground in support of protecting the Salish Sea as each of our respective faiths hold as its core tenet a call to care for creation.

Global Healing is also active with URI's Environmental Network CC which hosts regular monthly and UN Day thematic conference calls intent on sharing best practices in attending to pressing regional environmental concerns and how these efforts align with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our members regularly attend these calls and have exchanged solution set models with CC members world-wide. In our most recent conference call gathering on March 22nd, 2018 entitled, "Life on Earth and Life Below the Water" in recognition of UN World Water Day we explored ways in which URI's ECOSOC status empowers all CC members with the capacity to take part in UN conferences and initiatives not only to observe, but to make recommendations to UN bodies seeking to collaborate on ways to improve the spiritual and practical health, safety and well-being of people and eco-systems around the world. 

The UCC WHALE Center is in application for its own UN ECOSOC status and is awaiting final determination which is due by the end of June 2018.




Randle, D. (2018). Global Healing Annual Report 2017. Retrieved from


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