Earth Story/Our Story: Climate Change Calls us to Heal Ourselves and the World

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 4.15.00 PMJoin Central Baptist Church, PA Interfaith Power & Light, Coalition for Peace Action, and Sustainable Business Network for this 1/2 day workshop by an inspiring young social philosopher, author and speaker.  A light lunch will be served.  While the workshop is not fee-based, there will be a donation request.

Download (and share!) a PDF of the poster with information on breakout sessions:  EisensteinWorkshop.CBC

Central Baptist Church is located at 106 W. Lancaster Ave in Wayne, PA 19087, directly across from the Wayne Cinema. Church parking is accessed from West Wayne Ave, across from the Post Office. The church is one block from the Wayne train station on the Paoli line.  For more information and RSVP contact church office 610 688 0664 or the workshop contact person.   The organizer will contact everyone who has RSVPd if there is a need to use the snow date.

Charles Eisenstein conducts workshops across the country as well as internationally.  You can read more about him on his blog, where a recent essay was entitled “The End of War.”   His most recent book, “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible,” is our feature book for the workshop. (Watch a 12-min film based on the book online.)

The workshop will include a free-will donation for the speaker, Charles Eisenstein, in line with the philosophy of the “gift economy” he describes in his second book, Sacred Economics. Eisenstein is also co-leading a 2-day residential workshop with John Perkins later in February at Pendle Hill.

The CBC workshop on Feb. 7 is part of a year-long series focused on Climate Change at Central Baptist Church by two of the congregation’s mission groups: Peacemakers, and Ecology. Pastors Laurie Sweigard and Tom Beers have chosen to make climate change the focus of their fall worship series, “Creation Waits With Eager Longing.” Other events in this series:

  • Journey of the Universe, the movie, telling the “story” of the universe and Earth, will be shown to seniors (9/11), at September Wednesdays’ 6:08, and Sunday October 5 after worship. A visually stunning and thought-provoking introduction to “Earth Story.”
  • Green Christianity, by Mark Wallace (professor at nearby Swarthmore College), is the focus for a Sunday adult learning community 9:30AM from September 7 to October 12. The book is available for sale at a subsidized price at the Fair Trade table. A preview disc of Renewal, stories of faith communities’ responses to the eco-crisis, is inside the book. Learning community September 7, 14, and 21, will take a closer look at Renewal, and learning community September 28, October 5 and 12 will be taught by Mark Wallace, the author. “When God Was a Bird: Christianity, Animism, and the Re-Enchantment of the World” is his theme.
  • People’s Climate March:  a bus leaves CBC at 8AM and return at 7 PM for the New York march.
  • “Getting to Zero” (zero carbon footprint) is a congregational goal we will be challenged to achieve using an online tool, introduced September 28.
  • “Jesus, the Wood Thrush, and the Re-Enchantment of the World” is the theme of Mark Wallace’s sermon October 12.
  • Short Films on ecology from Baptist Peace Camp 2014: learning community October 19 and 26.

Note: Primary funding for this event is a grant from First Baptist Church, Ardmore, given upon the sale of that church when it disbanded.

climate speaker, transformative seeker: Michael Dowd

The Rev. Michael Dowd and Connie Dowd are traveling in conjunction with the extraordinary Great Climate March (from LA to DC — 35 full-time marchers are walking the whole way!)   They have connected with IPL and reached into their own networks to arrange an incredibly busy speaking schedule to engage people on climate change, and explore the links between climate action and faith, and inspire people to move forward in bold, active hope.  They currently have 6 PA dates.  If you want to open your doors, head for one of the following congregations, or look to link an event with your group in the same town at another time of day.  Watch or listen to previous programs linked from their past events page.

October 7 Unitarian Universalists of the North Hills (evening)
October 11 Unitarian Universalists of Meadville 6:30-8:15 PM
October 12 First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh (morning and 6:00 PM)
October 18 Greater Pittsburgh Montessori Society
October 19 Unitarian Universalists of the South Hills (morning)
October 22 Unitarian Church of Harrisburg (evening)

climate speaker, transformative seeker: Michael Dowd

The Rev. Michael Dowd and Connie Dowd are traveling in conjunction with the extraordinary Great Climate March (from LA to DC — 35 full-time marchers are walking the whole way!)   They have connected with IPL and reached into their own networks to arrange an incredibly busy speaking schedule to engage people on climate change, and explore the links between climate action and faith, and inspire people to move forward in bold, active hope.  They currently have 6 PA dates.  If you want to open your doors, head for one of the following congregations, or look to link an event with your group in the same town at another time of day.  Watch or listen to previous programs linked from their past events page.

October 7 Unitarian Universalists of the North Hills (evening)
October 11 Unitarian Universalists of Meadville 6:30-8:15 PM
October 12 First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh (morning and 6:00 PM)
October 18 Greater Pittsburgh Montessori Society
October 19 Unitarian Universalists of the South Hills (morning)
October 22 Unitarian Church of Harrisburg (evening)

Potluck and discussion with distinguished theologian

rasmussenPhiladelphia PA Interfaith Power & Light invites you to a potluck supper and discussion with Dr. Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, NYC.  Dr. Rasmussen is the author of Earth Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key winner of the Nautilus Book Awards Grand Prize for 2014.

Dr. Rasmussen is giving the William Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics at Lutheran Theological Seminary on Tuesday, and would like to share his talk beforehand with activists, clergy, and others concerned about the ethical and faith dimensions of the ecological crisis.   The paper, “In the Midst of New Dimensions: From Social Justice to Creation Justice” will be sent to you as a PDF when you RSVP.  The conversation will begin at 7:00 p.m.

We DO ask that you read his paper
so our discussion will be rich, although no one will be pressured to speak. Cheryl Pyrch will send it to you when you RSVP to her at
cpyrch@summitpres.net

We hope you can come; please invite others you think would be interested.  Philadelphia PA IPL will provide the vegetarian potluck (although if you’d like to share a dish it will be enthusiastically welcomed!).

Please RSVP to cpyrch@summitpres.net so we can prepare the table for you.    The event is free.  You may buy a signed copy of Earth Honoring Faith at the supper.

A quick perusal of the reviews for Earth Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key will have you pushing other things aside on your calendar!

In many ways Earth-Honoring Faith resembles an intricate, colorful song played by a vast collection of deft instrumentalists. Rasmussen is a master at tying together a large number of resources and perspectives, each carefully tuned to play the right notes. Persuasively, even lyrically, he has assembled a grand orchestra to inspire deep reflection and animate meaningful practice.” —The Christian Century

“This book is important, timely, sorely needed and deeply prophetic- delivering a hard, truthful indictment of the world as it is, but also suggesting visionary, hopeful Earth-honoring ways forward… yes, you should, you need , to read this.” —Journal of Lutheran Ethics

“Larry Rasmussen has once again penned a masterwork uniting ecological ethics and religious practices broadly envisioned. If the Earth is to survive, ethical theory and spiritual praxis are equally vital. Science informs. Religions motivat. A transformation combining these concepts is urgently needed at this moment in time on our planet.” —Catholic Books Review

“He [Rasmussen] writes extremely well, with elegance and eloquence, and weaves poetry, narrative, and personal stories into a tapestry informed by keen ethical insight and analysis. His treatment of power relations in the economy and of consumerism is masterful. This book is a must for anyone interested in the environment who is not willing to settle for lazy aphorisms and superficial panaceas.” —CHOICE

“This book is a tour-de-force, bringing together theological reflection and ethical persuasion to argue for the transformation of religions into their ecological phase. Larry Rasmussen is eloquent, comprehensive, and compelling in his articulation of a vision that is sorely needed for our emerging Earth Community.”–Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-Director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University

“Larry Rasmussen’s new work on religious ethics moves from a lyrical homage to the sacred web of life to a searing indictment of the utilitarian use of nature by both capitalist and socialist industrialization. Drawing on mystical, prophetic, and wisdom traditions, Rasmussen shows that a paradigm shift to an ecologically conscious civilization is possible. Inspired by local communities, an earth-honoring faith becomes a song of songs.”–Aruna Gnanadason, author of Listen to the Women, Listen to the Earth

“Rasmussen argues persuasively that religion needs to stop perceiving nature as the stage for the human salvation drama and view it instead as the locus for experience of the divine. His scholarship is impeccable and his ability to weave together insights from various fields and scholars is exemplary. Earth-honoring Faith is a grand intellectual endeavor that reflects interdisciplinary thinking at its best.”–Jim Martin-Schramm, Professor of Religion, Luther College

“By writing so lyrically and in open conversation with so many others struggling to create language for this civilizational transition, Larry Rasmussen shows the awkwardness of inherited language and ideas for discussing the new moral world that humanity needs to learn to inhabit. He demonstrates how to make sense of ancient moral traditions in a new context, and how to bend them into a new imagination of the world. This book is a serious contribution to religious ethics. It will be appreciated not only by scholars in the field but by many thinking readers worried about sustainability crises and looking for cultural resources to reshape our shared moral imagination.”–Willis Jenkins, author of Ecologies of Grace