UBarU was granted to the Unitarian Universalists in sacred trust by Quakers who revered the land as true stewards. Quakerland Friends Community began as a shared vision of a space where they could find quiet, community, and refreshment for the spirit. Their spiritual and philosophical quest was to understand what it meant to live on sacred ground, to understand what it is that gives spirit to a place. In their web site they announced that:
"Our teachers are, first of all, the land itself and all that it supports, and then the many friends who have gone before us—the people who have spent their lives learning about the land around us, the agencies and associations and clubs and societies that study such things as the trees, the native plants, the wildlife populations, the geology, the effect of integrating humans into the life-types that must be supported in a balanced way by this land."
The intentions of the Quakers were articulated in their impulse toward native habitat control, erosion control, predator control, supplemental water supply, supplemental food supply, provision of shelters, and recurrent census counts. These concerns toward the native plant and animal life naturally found extended expression in their attitudes toward environmentally sound human habitat. As a consequence, stewardship of the land found voice in the implementation of a formal Wildlife Management Plan and in experimental creation of human shelter using straw bale construction.
The Quakers’ stewardship of the land and its inhabitants is congruent with Unitarian Universalist principles and practices. Although the Unitarian Universalist Friends Retreat Foundation, the new holding entity, is a non-profit organization, we continue both the intent and practice of the Quakers.
Click HERE to learn more about the Edwards Plateau from Texas Beyond History and the University of Texas at Austin.