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Future Ready: Spirited Climate Action
 
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FUTURE READY: SPIRITED CLIMATE ACTION 
 

Message from FCG Co-founder

Dear Friends—
With the early signs of Spring around us, I find myself very hopeful about plans for our June 11th Annual Forum on “Climate Justice and Indigenous Allyship.” I have been hoping for an initiative like this in our commitment to building Right Relations. One fitting way to build Right Relations in a very practical and timely way is for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to work together in addressing Climate Change. In so doing, we address reconciliation with one another AND with Mother Earth. This forum is a huge step in building these relationships. 

posterThe lineup of presenters is outstanding. We are particularly honoured by the support we have received from Elder Myeenghun Henry of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Dorothy Taylor of Curve Lake First Nation, and Laura Hamilton from Divest Waterloo in helping us to pull this event together.

Indigenous people are on the front line of healing the Earth. This forum will bring together a wonderful diversity of people and faith traditions who will learn together how to engage in Climate Justice and Right Relations.

I believe it will provide a safe and encouraging atmosphere for rigorous and honest conversations. I believe it will contribute to building bridges of trust and hope. The hope is to send people away with action plans and relationships to further the most important work we face as a nation: Reconciliation with each other and with Mother Earth. 

Visit our website for details and ticket information. 

        
Bill Phipps, FCG Co-founder and Trustee

 

AROUND OUR NETWORKS

 
HALTON-PEEL
April 22, 23, 24 — 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 — 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.

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sat. April 30 — 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: salalandcedar@vancouver.anglican.ca.
Read more.....

TORONTO
Tues. May 10 — Recapturing Faith Vitality: How to Maximize Rental Space and Revenue
6:30 - 8:00 pm online. Register here for the free webinar.

MPSF.pngFaith 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.


OTTAWA
Sat. May 14 — 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 — 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 haltonpeel@faithcommongood.org. Application deadline is April 30.

GREENING SUPERSTARS


St. John's Anglican Church, Crapaud PEI.
Looking to be inspired? Read about this amazing small Anglican congregation of 60 households in PEI who are working with each other and neighbouring faith groups to live more gently with Creation.

GSS RESOURCES 

Our Greening Sacred Spaces project offers a variety of tools and resources to assist you in greening your sacred space!
Our order resources include: 
Guides & Workshops
Videos & DVDs
Green Rule Poster and Study Guide
We also have a green certification program which helps you work through a checklist to benchmark and recognize your progress and goals. 

 

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