Global Climate Action Summit Faith-Rooted Affiliated Workshops

Global Climate Action Summit Faith-Rooted Affiliated Workshops are designed and led by leaders and experts representing many faiths on Wednesday, September 12, Thursday, September 13, and Friday September, 14 at Grace Cathedral. Participants will engage with issues of faith, climate change, local and global action, and learn about environmental praxis from a multi-faith perspective. 

Have a workshop proposal? Submit it here by August 15th!
 

Register here for the workshops currently live. More workshops to be announced. Full workshop schedule and chance to buy lunch* will open mid-August. 

*Attending the workshops is free, but there will be boxed lunches available for purchase for $30 each.


 
1) How congregations are leading on climate: success stories

Host: RE-volv and Interfaith Power & Light

Thousands of houses of worship are not only preaching about global warming, they are taking action by greening their own facilities. Some of the best examples are right here in the Bay Area. Join this panel discussion with pastors of several low-to-no carbon congregations and take a virtual tour of their facilities.
 

2) Climate resilience: how congregations can help their communities prepare for climate impacts
Host: Resilient Bayview, SF Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness, and California Interfaith Power & Light

This event is geared to helping congregations become safe harbors in case of high heat days, power outages, fires, floods, and other extreme weather events. 

 

3) Why we need a spiritual transformation                                                             

Host: Quaker Earthcare Witness and Interfaith Power & Light

Can a newfound kinship with the Earth lead us to a deeper relationship and more sustainable alignment with God’s Creation? How understanding ourselves as part of, not separate from, the Creation can lead to lasting, transformative change.

 

4) Climate justice and equitable climate policy                                                       

Host: Green the Church and Interfaith Power & Light

A look at how climate change is impacting the most vulnerable here in the US and around the world. More and more, people of faith are seeing this as a justice issue they are called to address. A discussion of how we can advance policy solutions that benefit vulnerable communities, minimize harm, and provide greater access and participation in the clean energy shift.  

 

5) Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times                            

Host: Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale Forum and Interfaith Power & Light

Mary Evelyn Tucker and Brian Thomas Swimme, authors of Journey of the Universe book and film, will introduce and screen this Emmy award winning film. Afterward they will lead a discussion of the themes in the film and the implications for our response to climate change.
 

6) How world religions are acting to protect Creation                     

Partners: Episcopal Diocese of California, Alliance of Religions and Conservation

World religions don’t have political boundaries. Their influence crosses state and national boarders and reaches billions of people. They own 9% of the arable land in the world and are its fourth largest investor. The faith community is already acting on global warming. Listen to this panel of faith leaders discuss inspiring projects and commitments made to dramatically lower emissions — from solar panels on every Taoist temple in China to reforesting the slopes of Kilimanjaro to climate neutral congregations right here in the U.S.

 

7.) Living the change — Faithful choices for a flourishing world

Host: The Multi-Faith Sustainable Living Initiative

An invitation to start the journey of sustainable living and making personal commitments for a flourishing world. This interactive session is facilitated by GreenFaith with presenters of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Bhumi Project, Global Muslim Climate Network, One Earth Sangha and many more.

 

8.) Just Transition — Talanoa Dialogue

Hosts: Ruth Ivory-Moore and Mark Carlson — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran World Federation, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University, ACT Alliance, Bread for the World - Germany

The objective of the dialogues will be to provide input to evaluate the efforts regarding progress towards the long-term goal referred to in the Paris Agreement regarding nationally determined contributions Parties’ commitments to reduce GHG emissions to limited the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees centigrade.

 

9.) Loss and Damage — Talanoa Dialogue

Hosts: Ruth Ivory-Moore and Mark Carlson — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran World Federation, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University, ACT Alliance, Bread for the World - Germany

The objective of the dialogues will be to provide input to evaluate the efforts regarding progress towards the long-term goal referred to in the Paris Agreement regarding nationally determined contributions Parties’ commitments to reduce GHG emissions to limited the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees centigrade.

 

10.) Talking with Evangelicals about Climate Change

Host: Richard Lyon, Presbyterian Minister active with the Citizen's Climate Lobby

For many Evangelical Christians, the mere discussion of humanly caused climate change collides with cherished theological and ideological notions. This workshop stems from attempts to speak to Evangelicals about climate change as a moral issue. The opposition to the topic usually revolves around several questions, which will be addressed in the workshop:  • Is Environmentalism a Form of Idolatry?  • Do We not Exercise Dominion over the Earth?  • Is God not in Control?   • Why Sacrifice Our Freedom?  • Can't We Just Adapt?  This workshop can help those who have these questions or encounter those who do.

 

11.) Do Well by Doing Good through Solar

Host: Carol Cole-Lewis, Upstart Energy

Take direct, immediate and significant action towards reversing global warming by helping homeowners in your congregation and the communities you serve to go solar. This workshop will not only show you a step by step process to teach and inspire homeowners to install solar but will also show you a way to fundraise through solar to support other important climate justice work you would like to accomplish. 

 

12.) Act as if everything depends on you and pray as if everything depends on God

Hosts: Allis Druffel and Angie Dickson, Immaculate Heart Community

The interfaith community is recognized as a leader in climate action, and prayer is just as important. Come to this workshop to strengthen your faith tradition’s practice of prayer for Creation and take part in the launch of “GlobalTen,” a worldwide simultaneous prayer for the climate crisis and all those affected. Hosted by the Immaculate Heart Community with panelists from major faith traditions.

 

Special affiliated events with separate registration:

Saturday, Sept. 15, 9:30 am – 5 pm, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Box 169, Woodacre, CA 94973

In conjunction with the Global Climate Action SummitSpirit Rock Meditation Center and One Earth Sangha will host an exploration of the power of mindful presence to meet global ecological crises with active compassion. This special day of inspired teaching, music, and conversation will feature Julia Butterfly HillJack KornfieldJoanna MacyAnam ThubtenRev. angel Kyodo williamsVerlinda MontoyaJames BarazNaomi Newman and more. Whether you’re brand new to meditation or sitting at the precipice of enlightenment, we hope you’ll join us for this unique opportunity to meet this historic moment with a wise and responsive heart. The registration fee of $25 is designed to minimally cover event costs. In a spirit of dana or generosity, all donations will be shared between One Earth Sangha and a Spirit Rock green project for honoring the land. Advanced registration and car-pooling are required. Register Here

 

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