April 22, 23, 24 â€” Greening our Sermons: Week of Earth Day
Faith community leaders have the authority, influence and power to change behaviours in their communities. Developed in collaboration with our partner at Khaleafa
, these sermons will allow leaders to address environmental issues and how faith communities can take action to live more sustainably, connecting it all to eco-spirituality. Click here
for sample sermons.
Sat. April 30 â€” Keep Calm and Adapt Extreme Weather Preparedness Event
9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Oakville Town Hall
One way for faith communities to contribute to climate justice is by helping vulnerable people in our neighbourhoods cope with extreme weather events. Come visit the Greening Sacred Spaces booth to learn more about how we can help each other build resilience to our changing climate.
We have a brand new toolkit
that will walk you through the steps that your congregation can take to care for our communities during extreme weather emergencies.
Sat. April 30 â€” Spiritually Rooted Direct Action Training
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Canadian Memorial United Church in Vancouver
This May the global climate movement will be rallying at critical climate justice sites, in massive peaceful resistance designed to slow the extraction of fossil fuels. In Western Canada this site is Burnaby Mountain and the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
In preparation, Fossil Free Faith is hosting a non-violent direct-action training specifically for people of faith. The goal is for folks to get a sense of what participating in civil disobedience might look like, the many roles for supporting peaceful acts of resistance (many of which are support roles that don't involve risking arrest), and hold space to ask questions and do some moral/theological discernment around the risks that the climate crisis presents.
RSVP to Laurel Dystra at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tues. May 10 â€” Recapturing Faith Vitality: How to Maximize Rental Space and Revenue
6:30 - 8:00 pm online. Register here for the free webinar.
Faith communities are increasingly looking for ways to grow their mission; with their congregation and their community. We call this "Mission per Square Foot". It involves looking at re-purposing the faith building in order to better accommodate the needs of the congregation, the surrounding community, and community partners. Read more here.
Sat. May 14 â€” Regenerating Places of Faith: A Workshop For Ottawa's Communities
8:00 am - 4:30 pm at All Saints Church, 14 Blackburn Avenue, Ottawa
The National Trust for Canada and Faith & the Common Good are excited to offer this one-day workshop that will share inspiring examples and proven regeneration strategies from across the country and from the Ottawa area. Join us at this unique event where local faith groups, heritage and community organizations will share their experience, concerns and creative solutions to the challenges confronting places of faith in Ottawa.
Advanced registration is required, and spaces are limited:
Details and registration: www.nationaltrustcanada.ca.
The organizers gratefully acknowledge the funding support of the Community Foundation of Ottawa.
Mon. May 30 â€” Green Sacred Space Awards
Green Sacred Spaces Awards recognize and appreciate the work faith communities do towards furthering a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community.
PEEL-HALTON GSS Green Awards celebration will take place on Mon. May 30.
To nominate your faith community, please click here
for more information and to download the application form, or email email@example.com
. Application deadline is April 30.