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. 

Register today for these workshops and reserve boxed lunches here!

Attending the workshops is free, but boxed lunches are $20 each day. If you would like to reserve a lunch, you must do so online. There will not be sale of lunches the day of, though you are welcome to pack a sack lunch or get lunch nearby on Nob Hill. Deadline to order lunches is Monday, September 10.

Wednesday, September 12

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Chapter room
Talanoa Dialogue on "Just Transition"

Hosts: Ruth Ivory-Moore and Mark Carlson —  The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University, the Lutheran World Federation, ACT Alliance, Brot für die Welt,  the Lutheran Office of Public Policy-California and Lutherans Restoring Creation

Transitioning to a zero carbon economy and building resilient communities require strategic planning and careful management to protect the most vulnerable; and to avoid stranding people and communities.  A “just transition” comprehends climate, socio-economic, political dimensional, legal, and proper governance principles; and exemplifies God’s love. This session explores these principles  via the Talanoa Dialogue process.  Talanoa is a word used across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusivity. In the context of the UNFCCC, Talanoa Dialogues facilitate widespread input regarding implementation of the Paris Agreement. This Talanoa Dialogue will produce a faith-based submission for consideration by the UNFCCC Secretariat.


9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Wilsey ABC
Talanoa Dialogue — Loss and Damage

Hosts: Joanna Patouris and Sabine Minninger — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University, the Lutheran World Federation, ACT Alliance, Brot für die Welt, the Lutheran Office of Public Policy-California and Lutherans Restoring Creation

Climate change is leading to increasing numbers of extreme weather-related events, causing rising levels of climate-related loss and damage globally.  Millions of people are  facing unprecedented  humanitarian crises.  The ways of life, cultural heritage and other non-economic communities’ values are being lost.  Climate risks are barriers to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and there is no clarity on  implementing loss and damage compensation especially for the most vulnerable. This session explores equitable access to sustainable development and the eradication of poverty.  This Talanoa Dialogue will produce a faith-based submission – highlighting “loss and damage” for consideration by the UNFCCC Secretariat.

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Dining Room
Climate Justice Simulation

Host: Elizabeth Chun Hye LEE, United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women’s Climate Justice Simulation role-play experience is based on real situations faced by three U.S. communities in their struggles to contend with and organize around environmental injustices. Through the course of the role-playing simulation, participants will: 1) Gain knowledge about the local conditions that aggravate climate change. 2) Move toward more informed advocacy in solidarity with local communities. 3) Be introduced to the work of three community organizations addressing these particular climate justice issues. Attendees will participate in one of three contexts – industrial, indigenous, and mountaintop removal zones – and will be able gain the tools to lead the Climate Justice Simulation themselves.


11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Meet at Outdoor Labyrinth
Gallery 1055 Exhibit Tour  — "The River that Runs Two Ways": A Meditation

Host: Bill Van Loo, Gallery 1055 coordinator

'"The River that Runs Two Ways": a Meditation' celebrates the earth through photographs and poems about the Hudson River. First published in 2000 through Brighton Press by photographer Eric Lindbloom and writer Nancy Willard, this selection of work recognizes our dependency on and gratitude for the earth.


12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch on the plaza


4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Multi-Faith Service of Wondering and Commitment in Grace Cathedral
RSVP to save a seat or sign up for the livestream here


Thursday, September 13

7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9 a.m. Morning Prayer — Chapel of the Nativity
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Chapter Room
Take a Pass on Gas: Why Natural Gas is Not a Bridge Fuel

Hosts: Elizabeth Chun Hye LEE, United Methodist Women and Lauren Pagel, EarthWorks

Drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is critical for keeping the earth below a 2 degree rise in global temperature warming before we reach a catastrophic tipping point. Many are familiar with the hazards of oil and coal, but natural gas has been marketed as the low-carbon and clean energy alternative that is the necessary bridge between heavy emitters like oil and coal and clean renewable energy. But is natural gas in fact clean? Is increasing our dependence on natural gas the best alternative when methane – the main ingredient of natural gas – is 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide and when there are significant strides being made in the renewable energy sector? Join to learn about the facts of natural gas, why people of faith should care and what concrete actions people of faith do move way from natural gas to clean renewable energy.


9 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Wilsey ABC
How Engaged Buddhists Push for Environmental Justice and a Caring Economy

Hosts: Clair Brown, author of Buddhist Economics and Economics professor at UC Berkeley; Nan Parks, Chair of the 350 Bay Area Steering Committee, former ballet dancer, and Habitat for Humanity manager;  Ken Jones, 350 Bay Area Clean Energy Chair and Co-chair of 350 Marin and Work That Reconnects leader

Three engaged Buddhists discuss how they integrate their faith practice with working for climate justice. In this "fireside chat" we discuss our background experiences and what led us to devote our time and skills to working on environmental justice with 350 Bay Area. People can live mindfully, and we must also join with others to create the world we want. Together we can change the way Big Business and the rich rule the economy. To create environmental justice takes courage—courage to change, courage to create a regenerative economy, courage to promote justice, and courage to live with joy.


10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. — Wilsey ABC
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.

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. — Chapter Room
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.


10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. — Dining Room
Wasting Less Food for You and Your Congregation

Host: Dana Gunders, Alexa Kielty, the Ven. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain

Wasting less food is ranked #3 of 100 solutions to address climate change by Project Drawdown. It's also a way to conserve other resources and respect all of the labor and love required to get food to our tables. Households contribute more wasted food than grocery stores, restaurants or farms, so it’s up to us to make the change. Come learn about practical methods and tools you can implement within your congregations and share with them for use at home. Led by Alexa Kielty, San Francisco’s Residential Zero Waste Specialist, and Dana Gunders, author of Waste Free Kitchen Handbook.

10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. — AIDS Memorial Chapel
Screening: “The Journey of the Universe”
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Wilsey ABC
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. 

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Chapter Room
Confronting Complicity with Climate Genocide

Host: Molly Arthur and Mary Kay Hunyady, Society of the Sacred Heart

An exploration by women religious and associates of the Society of the Sacred Heart of the Catholic history that legitimized the cultural and physical extermination of the Indigenous Peoples of North America and white supremacy with its continuing effects today, particularly climate change. We will look at how the Papal Bulls, which have not yet been repealed, have spawned 500 years of colonization throughout the globe and how the Doctrine of Discovery has repressive influence today.


11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Dining Room
Inner Leadership — Managing from Within

Host: Golo Pilz and Elizabeth Padilla  

This workshop is intended to re-awaken your purpose in life through inquiry, story, sharing and creative envisioning of the future you are inspired to become. In the present pressure-driven world there is an increasing demand not only for efficiency and timelines, but for more emotional sensitivity from within. Inner Leadership is supported from a deep sense of purpose and values. Only when we can lead ourselves and create an environment of trust, are we ready to lead others. It is what we become that changes the world.

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Lunch on the plaza
12:10 p.m. — Eucharist in Chapel of Grace


1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Meet at Outdoor Labyrinth
Gallery 1055 Exhibit Tour  — "The River that Runs Two Ways": A Meditation

Host: Bill Van Loo, Gallery 1055 coordinator

'"The River that Runs Two Ways": a Meditation' celebrates the earth through photographs and poems about the Hudson River. First published in 2000 through Brighton Press by photographer Eric Lindbloom and writer Nancy Willard, this selection of work recognizes our dependency on and gratitude for the earth.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Chapter Room
Climate Resilient Congregations

Host: Amy Quirk and Susan Stephenson, Episcopal Diocese of California and Interfaith Power and Light

The program is to offer step-by-step guidance for congregations and their neighbors seeking resilience to climate change.  We will provide an overview of available funding for climate investment programs like tree planting, building weatherization, renewable energy and more.  We’ll cover the how-to’s —  from developing your climate investment concept, searching for a potential funding match and preparing your application.  Come hear about this program, explore the program tools and offer feedback.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Wilsey ABC
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.


2 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Dining Room
Yale Divinity School: Responding to Theology and Climate with a Living Building Village

Host: Greg Sterling, Jason McLennan, Chris Sawyer, and a Yale Divinity School student

Yale Divinity School has completed the renovation of its historical worship, classroom, and administrative campus and is now in the process of recreating its accompanying residential campus. Extensive preliminary studies have been completed to confirm that a residential village for approximately 160 students there can be completed with a net energy, water, and waste consumption of zero pursuant to the Living Building Standards.  The project is currently is in design with preliminary renderings to be completed by mid-Fall.  When completed, the project will be the largest living building complex yet done in the world.  Yale Divinity School is pursuing this vision not simply because it is the right answer for our climate but because it is also the right theological response.  As such, it will not only allow the School to create a model for environmental stewardship, but it will also enable it to teach and inspire students to create, build, and live within communities that respond to the climate challenge through a life in faith.

3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. — Wilsey ABC
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.


3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. — Dining Room

Host: Juan Vazquez Milling and Gordan Lawrence

As someone who loves great ideas and wants to make our world a better place you may face unique challenges – your optimism may be worn down by opposition, your creativity may stop working and your trust in other people's good intentions may become jaded. The Changemaker has been developed to support the creativity, optimism and pure motivation of people of ideas from all walks of life, so that we can enjoy being at our best and keep giving our best. It is for creatives, social entrepreneurs, innovators, philanthropists, people of conscience – as well as the everyday changemaker.  

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Wilsey ABC
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.

5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Cathedral Nave and Quire
Eco-Justice Evensong
7p.m. to 9 p.m. — Cathedral Nave
Concert (description and details to come)


Friday, September 14

9 a.m. Morning Prayer — Chapel of the Nativity


10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Dining Room
Engaging All Christians in Climate Justice

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.

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Wilsey ABC
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.

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Dining Room
Do Well by Doing Good through Solar

Host: Carol Cole-Lewis, Upstart Energy

Take direct, measurable 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 proven step by step process to teach and inspire homeowners to install solar but will also show you a way to earn a mission-aligned income for yourself while fundraising for your church to support other important climate justice work you and your church would like to accomplish. 

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Wilsey ABC
How a Catholic Diocese stopped a billion pounds of carbon emissions annually

Host: Catholic Diocese of Monterey, Romero Institute, Global Catholic Climate Movement

Heeding Pope Francis’ call, the late Bishop Richard Garcia (Monterey Diocese) called upon his flock to care for our common home. Thousands responded. Church leaders forged a partnership with a local nonprofit, and parishioners built support for a new type of public agency, which has led to three counties and hundreds of thousands of residents now receiving electricity that is 100% carbon free. Panel of alliance and parish representatives. Video and tool kits will be made available.

12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch on the Plaza
12:10 p.m. — Eucharist in Chapel of Grace


1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Chapter Room
World Climate Simulation

Host: Fletcher Harper and Drew Jones, GreenFaith and Climate Interactive

Climate change presents a complex set of challenges. People need ways to experience and understand these challenges, and the hard decisions and power dynamics that we need to navigate to solve the climate crisis. Climate Interactive, with GreenFaith, will present the World Climate Simulation, a role-playing exercise of the UN climate change negotiations which uses an interactive computer model to analyze the results of the mock-negotiations in real time. Participants play different countries, experiencing the climate impacts of their own and other countries' choices. The Simulation is suitable for congregations; experience and learn to organize it in your congregation.

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Dining Room
Sustaining Earth Our Island Home - An "App" to Support Climate Solutions

Hosts: Sheila M Andrus, PhD and Lisa Altieri, Founder, Climate Solutions Net

40% of carbon that drives negative climate impacts are contributed by individuals and households, as compared to US industry and agriculture.  This statistic highlights our opportunity to advance climate solutions, and a new "app" is being offered in partnership by the Diocese of California with Bay Area-based Climate Solutions Net to help people make choices that protect our earth and our climate. The web-based platform developed by Climate Solutions Net will allow users to: Measure  their carbon footprint; Take individual Action; Aggregate impacts within their community; Advocate for climate protection. The presentation will highlight features of the app, provide information about how the tool is being rolled out, and give an opportunity for Q&As.  Making choices for climate solutions can be easy, fun, educational and support advocacy! For more, visit

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Wilsey ABC
The Role of Religion in Addressing Global Climate Change
Hosts: Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts & Mass. Conference, United Church of Christ, and Richard W. Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophical Theology and Sustainability Studies, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
Climate change is a spiritual, moral and ethical issue. Religion has a crucial role to play in the climate justice movement, with the power to transform consciousness, shape values, carry out rituals, and motivate communities to take effective action. Worldwide 84% of humanity participates in a faith tradition. A greening of faith includes a vision of integrating human society into the ecosystem of the planet. This panel will examine various ways that Christians are addressing climate change and how to amplify these efforts.
2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. — Dining Room
Integral Ecology: As seen through the lens of Laudato Si' and other Religious and Indigenous traditions

Host: Ken Kitatani, Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development; Center for Earth Ethics; Forum 21 Institute

A panel of representatives from the Vatican and various religious and Indigenous traditions will explore the meaning of integral ecology.

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. — Wilsey ABC
The Christian imperative to protect forests for climate change mitigation and biodiversity

Host: Connie Hanson, Director, Christians Caring for Creation; Panel members: Chad Hanson, PhD, Director, John Muir Project and Sierra Club Board of Directors; Fred Krueger, Executive Coordinator, National Religious Coalition on Creation Care

In order to effectively mitigate climate change, we must not only move beyond fossil fuel consumption, but also substantially increase forest protection from logging. Protecting forests can provide approximately 50% climate change mitigation. This panel will examine these facts and the reasons Christians are required to care for the earth with all its features and creatures. It will find in Scripture the mandate for preserving forests and maintaining them in their natural conditions. A special focus will be on protecting forests after fires and the need to allow these burned areas to naturally regenerate. The panel will also provide those who attend the opportunity to participate in the restoration and extension of forests in the tropical regions of the world.


4 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Dining Room
Climate Geoengineering

Host: Fletcher Harper and Cynthia Scharf, GreenFaith and Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)

As the climate crisis deepens, more attention is being paid to research into and the possible use of climate geoengineering, efforts to manage earth's climate through intentional human intervention. As this issue gains visibility, scientists, policy makers and advocates agree that religious voices are vital to the debate. However, most religious leaders and people of faith have never heard of climate geoengineering. GreenFaith is launching a multi-faith, international initiative to formulate religious responses to geoengineering and to equip religious leaders to contribute to intergovernmental dialogues on the topic. Discuss this topic with C2G2 expert Cynthia Scharf and GreenFaith's Fletcher Harper.


Register today for these workshops and reserve boxed lunches today!



Special affiliated event 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 Summit, Spirit Rock Meditation Center and One Earth Sangha will host an exploration of how the power of mindful presence can meet global ecological crises with active compassion. This special day of inspired teaching, music and conversation will feature James Baraz, Julia Butterfly Hill, Jack Kornfield, Joanna Macy, Anam Thubten, Christiana Figueres, Belvie Rooks, Ayla Nereo, The Earth on Fire Ensemble, Virlinda Montoya, One Earth Sangha, and others. 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 $60 - $200 sliding scale. All proceeds will be shared between One Earth Sangha and a Spirit Rock green project honoring the land. Advanced registration is required, and Carpooling is always requested – Cars with less than 3 people will be asked to pay a fee. Bring more if you can! Register Here



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