Our Mission

To cultivate a Loving way of life through creative, compassionate & collective action steeped in prayer.

Our Vision

They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war any more. But they shall all live under their own vines, and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
— Prophet Micah (4.3-4)

Inspired by the prophet Micah's vision of the just and peaceful future God is bringing about through us, the Fig Tree Collective seeks to embody this alternative Story to the one offered by the dominant narrative of Empire, which is rooted in fear, violence and scarcity. Our hope is found in this Story and in our collective struggle to embody it, as we partner with God and bear witness to the new creation - a world in which all of life can flourish.

What is the relation of prayer to action? Simply this. Anyone who attempts to act and do things for others or for the world without deepening one’s own self-understanding, freedom, integrity, and capacity to love, will not have anything to give others. They will communicate to others nothing but the contagion of their own obsessions, their aggressiveness, their ego-centered ambitions, their delusions about ends and means, their doctrinaire prejudices and ideas. There is nothing more tragic in the modern world than the misuse of power and action.
— Thomas Merton
Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.
— Henri Nouwen
“No daylight to separate us. Only kinship. Inching ourselves closer to creating a community of kinship . . . Soon we imagine, with God, this circle of compassion. Then we imagine no one standing outside of that circle, moving ourselves closer to the margins so that the margins themselves will be erased. We stand there with those whose dignity has been denied. We locate ourselves with the poor and the powerless and the voiceless. At the edges, we join the easily despised and the readily left out. We stand with the demonized so that the demonizing will stop. We situate ourselves right next to the disposable so that the day will come when we stop throwing people away.
— Greg Boyle
The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.
— Mary Oliver
To be human means to remain connected to our humanness and to the reality of the universe. It means to abandon the loneliness of being closed up in illusions, dreams and ideologies, frightened of reality, and to choose to move towards connectedness. To be human is to accept ourselves as we are, with our own history, and to accept others as they are.
— Jean Vanier, Becoming Human
To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget
— Arundhati Roy