Science, Religion & the Climate Crisis
Friday, December 19, 2014
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Katharine Hayhoe – Climate Scientist from Texas Tech University and Evangelical Christian. Katharine has been named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most Influential People for 2014. She is on Showtime’s climate documentary Years of Living Dangerously, and has authored a book with her pastor husband called A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions.
Ron Amundson – Chair of Environmental Sciences Department University of California, Berkeley and a Christian. Ron, among other things, has done research on climate change impact on soil and farming.
Richard Norgard – Professor of Energy and Resources UC Berkeley. Dick has taught a very popular course at Cal and the GTU called Religion, Science, and the Ecological Crisis. Below is a paragraph from his syllabus.
Question to be discussed: Is there a human made climate change threat? Is there a conflict between a love of science and devotion to a mysterious God? If you are a scientist, how can you also be a person with faith? Why are social changes to address the threat of climate change so hard to achieve? Are faith communities a part of the problem? How has the scientific community missed in its communication about climate change and the need for change? What can faith communities do?
“Modern expectations for religion and science are not being fulfilled in contemporary society. Religion has emerged as a political force and, in some cases, believes itself to be an independent source of truth about the nature of the material world. Science — on which modern reason, access to reality, and environmental management have rested – – no longer anchors and bounds public discourse and government decisions. Rather, science is being privatized by corporate interests, challenged by complex eco-social interactions , opposed by creationists, heralded as destiny by genetic engineers, accused of being socially constructed and value-laden by post-modernists. Religion, on the other hand, has had to reckon with the findings of science, including ecology, in its theological and moral reasoning as part of an ongoing cultural debate with modernity its role in religious life. Modern science has made it clear that we are in an ecological crisis that hurts the poor, puts humanity on a technological treadmill, and raises complex ethical questions about our common future. At the same time, stronger scientific knowledge about the environment has not led to stronger governance, due in part to free-market fundamentalism, but also because of religion’s curious yet in-excusable silence on the matter.”
November 12 – CIPL 2014 Energy Awards
Each autumn, California Interfaith Power & Light gathers to celebrate the inspiring work of our member congregations in reducing carbon emissions, fostering greater energy efficiency, educating the faithful about climate change, and advocating for a healthier climate. Click here for more info and to RSVP.
October 29 - A Roundtable on Food, Farming & Faith
When: Wednesday October 29, 2014, 7:00 — 9:00pm
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church 316 N. El Dorado Street, Stockton
Join faith leaders, agricultural experts and advocates as we discuss the impacts of global warming on our region from the drought to extreme weather, as well as the constructive role agriculture can play in providing climate change solutions. This roundtable is a chance for you to explore how this environmental and health issue informs our faith and what response our faith communities can offer. Sponsored by Catholic Charities of Stockton, California Climate & Agriculture Network (CALCAN) and California Interfaith Power & Light.
Elvira Ramirez, Member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Rural Life
Renata Brillinger, California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN)
Jeanne Okuye, Okuye Farm
Dan O’Connell, American Farmland Trust
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO RSVP:
Contact CIPL Steering Committee Member – Katelyn Roedner Sutter at kroedner at ccstockton.org
Solar Info Night in San Ramon
When: Wednesday, October 22
Where: San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church
902 Danville Boulevard
Alamo, CA 94507-2420
Who: Faith communities and individuals interested in learning more about going solar and becoming more energy efficient
What: This practical, informative,and FREE workshop is for any House of Worship to become energy efficient, go solar, and save money. The “Solar Nights” workshop will provide up-to-date & valuable information to assist congregations who are ready to go solar, or just curious.
Hosted by California Interfaith Power & Light, San Ramon Valley Interfaith Council, San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church and the Martin Luther King Peacemakers. For more info and to RSVP contact Thomas Kring tkring1 at comcast.net
October 11 – Healthy Earth Conference
When: Saturday, October 11, 10:00am – 5:30pm
Where: Temple of Light, 11 Goddard, Irvine, 92618
What: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium by Pachamama Alliance designed to awaken your hopefulness for global transformation.
3:30pm – 5:30pm: Action presentations by various folks active in protecting and caring for the Earth, including Allis Druffel from CIPL. This event is sponsored by Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment.
Bill McKibben: Updates from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight – 3 California Appearances
When: Tuesday, October 14, 6:30- 8 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
On October 14, acclaimed environmentalist and author Bill McKibben will visit Grace Cathedral to describe the current state of global warming
through an explanation of the math and science of climate change. He will share updates on the movement working to end our reliance on
fossil fuel energy and create a world powered by renewable sources.
Tickets are on sale now and cost $15.
When: Thursday, October 16, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Where: San Francisco State University, McKenna Theater, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco
For more information, click here
When: Saturday, November 22, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: American Academy of Religion & Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting – Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, 92101
For more information, click here
Care For Creation Conference
When: October 15, 2014 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: Congregation Beth Shalom
4746 El Camino Ave, Carmichael
Join the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento for presentations on Creation Care and the drought.
For more information contact: Christine Bailey beckerbailey at sbcglobal.net
Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
An Entertaining Evening with George Marshall
When: Friday, September 12 7 p.m.
Where: St John’s Lutheran Church on L St between 17th & 18th SacramentoGeorge Marshall will speak about what this means and how we can use this knowledge to move beyond climate denial to action. He promises that this presentation will not only be informative and fascinating, but also entertaining. Come and learn more. 7 pm at Goethe Hall of St John’s Lutheran Church on L St between 17th & 18th. There will be books on sale from Avid Reader and information tables from our cosponsors: Lutheran Office of Public Policy–CA, Therapists for Social Responsibility, Sacramento Citizens Climate Lobby, Physicians for Social Responsibility/Sacramento, Earth Advocates of Spiritual Life Center & California Interfaith Power & Light. More info on the book: http://climateconviction.org/.
Sunday, March 30, 3:00pm – 6:00pm – One Struggle Many Fronts: US – Africa Environmental Justice Tour – Priority Africa Network Office, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. Come here two African climate justice activists and one Bay Area land-grabs expert speak on the local and global connections between climate change, racism, land grabs and economic inequality. They will share information about how organizations can be partners in solidarity on these vitally important issues. For more information and to RSVP, click here.
Sunday, April 27, 2:00pm – 4:30pm – Climate Change: Crisis, Opportunity and a Call to Action – First Congregational Church, 1980 Hamilton Ave., San Jose. See how Silicon Valley faithful are in a unique position of being both in the middle of climate change effects and opportunities for lessening the consequences. Click here for more information and to register.
Thursday, February 6, 7:00pm – 8:00pm – “Community In Action on Air Quality and Climate Change”– Oldtimers Foundation, 3355 East Gage Ave., Huntington Park, 90255. Similar to the November 19 event, practical ideas of how to get involved with poor air quality and climate change issues. Contact Allis for more information – (310) 752-3436 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Download and share the flyer with your colleagues and contacts.
Sunday, February 9, 11:45am start – “Chasing Ice” and Panel Discussion – Tapestry, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 23436 Madero, Mission Viejo, 92691, showing of the acclaimed movie “Chasing Ice” followed by a panel discussion featuring Mark Tabbert of Citizens Climate Lobby, Glenn Pascall of the Sierra Club and CIPL staff member Allis Druffel. For more information, contact Allis at (310) 752-3436 or email@example.com. RSVP desired but not necessary.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 11:00am – noon – “Webinar on Financing Your Congregation’s Solar System” – offered by Technology Credit Corporation, a webinar explaining one affordable option for your congregation to go solar. RSVP for the webinar here. For more information, contact Greg Bedard, (415) 391-4214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:00pm – 8:00pm – “Coming Together for Clean Energy” – Providence Baptist Church, 1601 McKinnon Avenue, San Francisco, 94124. Contact Greg Bedard for further information – (415) 391-4214 or email@example.com. Click here to download and share flyer.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 6:00pm – 8:15pm – Seventh Annual Energy Awards – CIPL’s premiere event, this is a celebration of the faith community’s influential efforts in working for a clean energy future.Click here for details and to RSVP.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 5:30pm – 8:00pm – “Community In Action” Event – Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church, 11066 Norris Ave., Pacoima, 91331. Practical ideas of how to get involved with poor air quality and climate change issues. Resource fair from a dozen organizations and program. Contact Allis for more information – (310) 752-3436 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Download and share the flyerwith your colleagues and contacts.
Friday, October 11, 2013, 6:30pm: Gasland Part II – second part to the popular “Gasland.” At the Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin Street, crossstreet Geary. Click here for more information.
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 12:30pm – 5:00pm: Sustainable Justice for Sustainable Peace – in celebration of International Peace Day, this event will focus on Muslim-Christian dialogue and action on efforts for a more sustainable and healthier future. Sponsored by Muslim and Catholic Women in Conversation, Sisters of Social Service and the Holy Spirit Retreat Center. Held at Holy Spirit Retreat Center, 4316 Lanai Road, Encino, 91436. For further information, email email@example.com.
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 10:30: San Diegans Pledge Resistance to the Keystone Pipeline – this is one of a national day of events organized against construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. For more information and to find an event near where you live, click here.
Friday, August 2, 2013, 7:00pm – Confronting the Climate Crisis: Environmental, labor, social justice, and health perspectives on building a winning movment – Rev. Sally Bingham, Bill McKibben, Gopal Dayaneni, Katy Roemer, and Antonia Juhasz. Increasingly, the world is seeing climate change as not an issue merely of environmental concern – but a cross-cutting crisis that links together economic, security, health, labor, social justice, and human rights concerns. This event brings together diverse leaders to discuss how we build a powerful movement to solve the climate crisis, and how climate justice is a framework to build a sustainable and just future. Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco. Tickets are $10. To register, click here.
Sunday, August 18, 2013 – 11:30am – 12:30pm – How Community Choice Energy Can Empower the East Bay and Beyond – programs such as Marin Clean Energy, operating since 2010, and Sonoma Clean Power, to take effect in 2014, are bringing in cleaner energy to their citizens that is cost-competitive with PG&E. Come to this workshop to find out more about Community Choice Energy and how you can be involved in the clean energy future. Event is sponsored by the Local Clean energy Alliance and the Oakland Climate Action Coalition. Location – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1707 Gouldin Road, Oakland, 94611. For more information, contact Larry Chang at (510) 534-1804 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 19, 2013, 7:30am – 2:00pm: L.A. Business Council Sustainability Forum – this forum, featuring speakers Congressman Xavier Becerra and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, will bring together the latest information and plans for clean energy innovation, investment and implementation. The Getty Center – Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, 90049. Click here for more information and to register.
April 20, 2013, 11:30am – 6:00pm: Seeds of Peace: Meditation and the Engaged Life – how all individuals can learn from the great spiritual masters to transform inwardly and positively affect the world around us. Features a workshop of caring for all creation by CIPL staff member Allis Druffel. All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 No. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, 91101. Click here for more information and how to register.
April 24, 2013: Interfaith Prayer Breakfast – this event will bring together clergy and lay leaders in the Greater Sacramento Area and elected state legislators for an in-depth presentation and discussion on the faith community’s role in advocacy. Guest speakers include Rev. Sally Bingham; Rabbi David Wechsler-Azen of Congregation Beth Shalom; and Professor Isabel Montanez of UC Davis’ Department of Geology. 7:30am – 9:00am, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 “L” Street, Sacramento, 95811. Click here to download and share flyer.
March 19, 2013: Faith and Environmental Justice – presentations on mid-century warming report, California legislation, health and jobs issues relevant to the L.A. region. Event is is Spanish and English. Includes practical follow-up piece. 9:30am – 11:30am, Echo Park United Methodist Church, 1226 No. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, 90026. Contact Allis at email@example.com for more information. Click here to download and share flyer.
March 5, 3013: Hope, Faith and Fighting Climate Change – an evening with noted journalist and author, Mark Hertsgaard; March 5, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. First Mennonite Church, 290 Dolores Street, San Francisco.
February 24, 2013 and subsequent dates: Agenda for a Prophetic Faith - sponsored by Progressive Christians Uniting; February 24, 7:00pm, Lecture by Dr. James Hansen; Claremont United Methodist Church, 211 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Click here for more information and other lectures.
February 17, 2013: Climate Rally in Opposition to Keystone XL Pipeline – Los Angeles, 1pm; meet at Olvera St – Paseo de la Plaza and march to City Hall. Click here for more information. San Francisco, 1pm, 1 Market Street (next to Embarcadero BART.) Click here for more information.
December 12, 2012, 9:00am – 10:30am: Climate Change: Why the Faith Community Should Care –presentations on mid-century warming in the Los Angeles Region; AB 32 regulations; and how your house of worship can take action for Creation; 9:00am – 10:30am, Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 West 83rd St., Westchester, 90045. Click here for flyer.
December 12, 2012, 11:30am: Congregation Power - presentations by clergy, including Rev. Sally Bingham, on the faith community’s actions to build a more sustainable future. Commonwealth Club of California, Blue Room, 595 Market St., San Francisco, 94105. Admission is free, but please RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, click here.
October 27, 2012: Orange County Coalition for the Environment – Caring for Creation conference, including a presentation by CIPL staff member Allis Druffel. Click here to learn more.
October 29, 2012: Whittier Interfaith Environmental Meeting, 7:00 – 8:30pm – including a presentation by CIPL staff member Allis Druffel on energy efficiency measures and resources for congregations. Clickhere to learn more.
October 30, 2012: Faith and the Clean Energy Future, MCC in the Valley Church, 10:30am – 12:30pm – includes overview of AB 32 and a letter writing session for media. Click here for more details.
November 17 & 18th, 2012: L.A. Green Festival – “Solar for All! Solving the Job and Climate Crisis” will include Allis Druffel, Nov. 18, 1:00 – 1:45. Click here for more information.
November 20, 2012, 7:00am – 9:00am: San Francisco Interfaith Council Annual Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast – honoring California Interfaith Power & Light and member congregations. Location Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco.
June 12, 2012; California Lobby Day in Sacramento – advocating for AB 1990, AB 1532, and SB 1455.Click here to learn more.
May 18-20, 2012 – Rev. Canon Sally Bingham – Keynote – Sierra Pacific Synod – Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
April 21, 2012, 7:00pm, pre-screening of “Last Call at the Oasis;” with guest speaker Dr. Tyrone Hayes. Location – Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Click here to download flyer.
April 18, 2012, 7:00p-9:00p: L.A. Solar Night – MCC in the Valley Church, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, 91601: representatives from solar companies and Energy Updgrade California on-hand to give you information on solar and energy efficiency for your congregation and residence. Contact: Allis Druffel, firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 752-3436. Click here to download flyer.
Saturday February 11th, Bay Area Cool Congregations training – with Sarah Webb
This will be a great event for your congregation’s green team – a workshop on how to lead your congregation into becoming cooler: reducing carbon footprints at home! Please speak with Rachel (email@example.com or 415-391-4214) if you are interested.
The Cool Congregations program will provide you with the tools you need to make a difference in your home, congregation, and community. Research shows that small group models provide the best opportunity for real and lasting change. Faith communities have used the small group model for centuries! Find out how you can use this time-tested model to lead your congregation’s response to climate change.
Thursday, February 9, Orange County Solor/Energy Efficiency Night
Come and get ideas on energy efficiency measures and solar energy from experts in the field. This evening is geared toward houses of worship but applicable to homeowners as well. Representatives from 3 solar companies, So Cal Edison, and Energy Upgrade California will be on hand with helpful information. Sign up your house of worship for an energy audit with So Cal Edison as well!
Date/Time: Thursday, February 9
Location: Church of the Foothills, 19211 Dodge Ave., Santa Ana (Tustin HIlls) 92705
Contact: Allis Druffel (310) 752-3436
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California Preach In Events
Sunday, February 12th
Northern California Events:
San Francisco - Grace Cathedral – Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, preaching – 8:30 am service -www.gracecathedral.org
Berkeley – St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Rev. Arthur Boone, guest preacher – “Why THEY don’t like Climate Change.” – 8:00 am and 10:00 am services – www.stmarksberkeley.org
Davis – Lutheran Church of the Incarnation – Film screening “Renewal” – 9:30 am Adult Forum -www.lcidavis.org
El Cerrito – Mira Vista United Church of Christ – “What Does environmental stewardship have to do with Black History Month and Valentine’s Day?” Rev. Susan Meeter – 12 noon service -www.miravistaucc.org
Fremont – Fremont Congregational Church – Rev. David Borglum – 10:00 am – www.fremontucc.net
Fresno – College Community Congregational UCC – Rev. Dr. Chris Breedlove – 9:00 am and 11:15 am services – www.communityucc.com
Los Osos – Trinity United Methodist Church – “Heal Ourselves, Heal Our Planet” – Rev. Rich Bolin – 10:00 am worship – www.trinitylososos.org
Muir Beach – Green Gulch Zen Center – Dharma Talk – Steve Weintraub – 10:00 amwww.sfzc.org/ggf
Pacific Grove – Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – Loma Eaves, student minister – 11:00 am -www.pacificgrovechurch.org
Palo Alto - First Presbyterian Church – Earth Awareness Sunday – Rev. W. Robert Martin III – 10:30 am service – www.fprespa.org
San Francisco - St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church – Hannah Elyse Cornthwaite, intern at Interfaith Power & Light, guest preacher – 10:00 am service – www.saintcyprianssf.org
San Francisco - herchurch Lutheran – “Love the Planet – Response to Global Warming” – 10:30 am worship – www.herchurch.org
Walnut Creek – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Rev. Austin Leininger, guest preacher – 10:00 am -www.stpaulswc.org
Southern California Events:
Fullerton – Enlightened Growth Center – “Love the Earth” – 10:30 am – Linda Holman-Konieczny -firstname.lastname@example.org
Irvine – United Congregational Church, UCC – Rev. Elizabeth Griswold – 9:00 am and 11:00 am services – www.iucc.org
La Puente – Global Warming Awareness Sunday – Delhaven Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – Rev. Maria Tafoya – 10:30 am service – www.delhaven.org
Berkeley: Wednesday, November 2nd – Surprising Facts About Your Home Energy Use
— A Berkeley Case Study Information to help homeowners get up to $4,000 in rebates on a home energy efficiency upgrade
Wednesday, November 2nd 6:30–8:00 p.m. at the YMCA Teen Center 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA
This event is FREE and open to all Alameda County homeowners. Snacks and coffee will be provided.Please RSVP to this event online: http://berkeleyhomeupgrade.eventbrite.com/
Participating Contractors who are trained and ready to work on your home will be there to answer your questions. Co-sponsored by California Interfaith Power & Light
Palo Alto: Friday – Saturday Nov. 4th and 5th – Robert McAfee Brown Lectures at First Presbyterian –Dr. Larry Rasmussen to speak on EcoTheology and Environmental Ethics Dr. Larry Rasmussen has mentored a generation of Christians in ecotheology and “green religion” and spearheaded the “greening” of the Union Theological Seminary. His courses and scholarship are rooted in the practice of environmental justice. Friday evening Keynote Gimme Some New Time Religion at 7:30 pm – suggested donation $10 followed by reception. Saturday 8:30 am-2:00 pm (suggested donation: $20) presentations Soil and Soul; Water: Sacrament or Commodity discussions and film – Journey of the Universe – also Sunday morning adult education and preaching in worship. For more informatin: http://www.fprespa.org/lecture.htm
San Anselmo: Sunday November 13th – Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
Rachel Medema will lead adult education following worship. Nancy Weins, Center for Nature and Christian Spirituality, will be leading worship.
San Francisco: Tuesday November 15th – 5th Annual Energy Awards – Grace Cathedral
Join us as we celebrate the efforts of many outstanding congregations and give awards for Energy Efficiency, Education, Advocacy and Green Building. We are delighted to feature the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir this year and emcee Alex Zwissler from Chabot Space & Science Center.
Mountain View: Thursday – October 20th – The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham
A Religious Response to Climate Change: The Moral Imperative of Responding to Global Warming
Time: 7 to 9pm, doors open at 6:30pm
Location: Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave, Mountain View, CA – Attendance is free.
San Francisco: Tuesday, October 25th – How to Really Stop Energy Waste
Resource and information event on Energy Upgrade California, City of San Francisco rebates and free resources for renters and home-owners. Join us at 32 Ocean Ave., San Francisco – RSVP at http://stopenergywaste.eventbrite.com/Event is hosted by Mission Bay Community Church and California Interfaith Power & Light
Claremont: Thursday, October 27 – 29 – Brave New Planet Conference with Bill McKibben – Thursday, October 27 break-out sessions including Allis Druffel presenting on The Faith Community: Voice of Prophecy, Voice of Hope. For schedule and more information, go here.
Moving Planet Events – Saturday, Sept. 24: 3rd Annual International Day of Climate Action
San Diego: 10:00am – 1:00pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, San Diego, 350.org Moving Planet Event.This multi-organizational 350.org event will start with an Interfaith Dialogue at St. Paul’s Cathedral and move on to a march and rally in Balboa Park. Come and lend your voice or sign on as a supporter! Contact Allis for more info, email@example.com. Check out the San Diego 350 website.
San Francisco: Rally and Parade, 12pm – 6pm; meet at Justin Hermann Plaza and parade down Market St. toward Civic Center Plaza. Click here for details. Rev. Earl Koteen, CIPL Steering Committee member, will have a table.
San Luis Obispo: Bike Trivia Run, in which you will “stretch your mind and power your future”; 1531 Monterey St., SLO; 12pm-9pm; click here for more info. Bill Bradlee, IPL State Affiliates Coordinator, will attend.
Thursday, July 18, 10:00am – 11:00am, L.A. CIPL Working Group, MCC in the Valley, North Hollywood.This group of faith leaders has been active in urging LADWP to be coal-free by 2020 and to work on the rapid expansion of renewable energy. Come and lend your voice.
July 11, Los Angeles Solar Info Night, 7 pm, MCC in the Valley, North Hollywood
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org – The Solar Info night is an opportunity to hear presentations from solar installation companies, meet other CIPL members and staff, and overview solar financing and fundraising opportunities.
July 22, 12 noon, San Francisco – Climate One – Commonwealth Club
Rev. Sally G. Bingham joins a panel to discuss reducing carbon footprints and energy efficiency. More information:
Sunday May 1st – Oakland – Montclair Presbyterian Church hosts Mayor Jean Quan and the Oakland Climate Action Coalition
Discussion of Oakland’s recently passed Energy and Climate Action Plan at Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill, from 12:15 to 2pm. This is a great opportunity to hear what is being done, to ask questions and, also, to make suggestions. Check out http://www.ellabakercenter.org/blog/2011/03/oakland-passes-landmark-energy-and-climate-action-plan/OR http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/PWA/s/SO/OAK025294
Saturday April 30th – Disciples of Christ Christian Church regional gathering – Asilomar Conference CenterRachel Medema, Northern California Outreach Director, leads workshops on how faith communities can take action to reduce their carbon footprint, educate their community on climate change and creation care and be a part of state and national advocacy for sensible energy policies.
Saturday April 30th, San Francisco – West Coast Premiere of the Journey of the Universe film at Victoria Theatre
2961 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 8:30pm – Film showing For more information on this event, visit: http://www.ciis.edu/x2977.xml
To watch the trailer and find further information on the Journey of the Universe project, visit: www.journeyoftheuniverse.org
Friday April 22 – 6 pm – Grace Cathedral, San Francisco – A Wounded Earth & A Crucified Christ
You are invited to a unique event of sacred expression — an interactive service of music, dance, and art exploring the rich meaning found in the conjunction of Good Friday and the observance of International Earth Day. Over the centuries, people of Christian faith have meditated on the life of Jesus and the scope of divine love — Jesus’ simple and profoundly powerful acts of including all the dispossessed at the table. Christ is understood to embrace the whole earth within self-giving love. The service is open to all people seeking to gain spiritual strength for the great work of environmental justice and to all people of faith who feel called to explore this profound moment. More information at Grace Cathedral website.
Thursday, April 14, 10-11am: Los Angeles Clergy Working Group meeting
MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, 91601.
Sunday April 10th – Sausalito Presbyterian Church
Rachel Medema, Northern California Outreach Director, will preach in Sunday worship service on environmental issues and climate change.
Saturday, April 9, 2-5pm: Green Deen Ibrahim Abdul-Matin; Islamic Center of San Diego
Southern California Outreach Director, Allis Druffel will be representing CIPL at this event.
Saturday April 2nd - Climate Change Workshop: Awakening to the Present; Preparing for the Future
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU) – Hear from cutting-edge organizations working on climate change, engage in lively discussion, get hands-on tools to take action, and enjoy a nourishing low-impact lunch! Presenters include CA Interfaith Power and Light, the Ecology Center, 350.org, Oakland Climate Action Coalition, Transition Towns Albany and Berkeley, Union of Concerned Scientists, and UU Legislative Ministry California. Be part of the growing movement to awaken to the present and to prepare for the future personally and in your household, community, state, country, and planet. Facilitated by the Rev. Earl W. Koteen, BFUU’s Community Minister (and CIPL steering committee member), the program is designed for participants to plug into specific areas of interest and come away with concrete actions in areas such as energy, transportation, health, and land use.
Monday March 14 -CIPL is a co-sponsor of the 25th Anniversary of Tikkun Magazine – Berkeley
Pauley Ballroom in the Student Union Building of the University of California, Bancroft at Telegraph
Los Angeles Clergy Eco-Luncheon, Friday, March 18
CIPL is focused on mobilizing the Los Angeles faith community to respond to regional environmental issues. Come and see how your congregation can take part in reducing your carbon footprint and lessening the threat of health effects from dirty-burning fossil fuels. Download the flyer here and spread the word!
MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, 91601 – 11am – 1pm
RSVP: Rev. Bob Shore-Goss, email@example.com
Bay Area Social Justice Forum – People of Hope, Agents of Change
Holy Names University – Oakland – Saturday March 19 – 8:30 am – 4 pm
Rachel Medema, Northern California Outreach Director for California Interfaith Power & Light, leads a workshop at Holy Names University’s Bay Area Social Justice Forum. The morning and afternoon keynote speakers will be Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, (CLUE) and Joe Grant, Co-Founder and Chairperson of Crossroads Ministry, a justice-based retreat center in Louisville, Ky. Click here for more info.
National Preach-In on Global Warming – Feb 11, 12, 13 – Interfaith Power & Light – more info online here
Interfaith Power & Light is inviting faith leaders to give sermons and reflections on global warming the weekend of February 11-13, 2011. Leading up to the event, participating congregations will distribute Valentine’s Day post cards to mail in to their senators, encouraging political leaders to love their neighbors and the earth by supporting policies that protect the climate and curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Promoting Green Pathways out of Poverty: A Solar Richmond Tour for Clergy and Faith Community Members
February 24th, Thursday – 10 am – Noon – Richmond
This event will allow people from the faith community to learn about Solar Richmond, a non-profit green job training program. We will gather at Solar Richmond to hear from staff and graduates, tour local solar installations and find out how congregations can use their purchasing power to support green pathways out of poverty. RSVP here or call Rachel for more info: 415-391-4214
January 19 and 20 – Bay Area Solar Info Nights: These solar info nights gathered solar professionals, representatives from congregations with solar and congregations interested in solar to learn from one another about the possibilities for solar powered congregations. Check out our “Solar Information” page – under resources – to learn more.
October 21, UCLA, “Prop 23 and the Future of California’s Economy and Environment:” 7-8:30pm, Korn Convocation Hall at UCLA; a debate with Patt Morrison of KPCC radio.
2010 Energy Awards, Tuesday November 9, 6pm – 9pm, Grace Cathedral San Francisco: Our 4th Annual Energy Awards – Awards were given for exemplary congregations in the categories of Green Building, Education, Advocacy and Energy Efficiency and Conservation. And, for the first time, 2010′s awards highlighted an outstanding congregational youth group that is active in the issues of energy and climate change.
NO on PROP 23 Events: CIPL and member congregations hosted local informational event on Prop 23, a deceptive initiative sponsored primarily by fossil fuel companies on the November 2010 ballot.
Electric Vehicle Event, July 28, 2010: This educational event centered around emerging electric vehicle options and was hosted by Sustainable San Rafael. The event included speakers from the SF Electric Vehicle Association, Northbay Nissan, Luscious Garage, and The Bicycle Works speaking about a variety of different electric cars and bikes that have the potential to dramatically reduce Marin’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to 60%.
Creation Groans, July 22, 2010: In coordination with the Marin Interfaith Council, this event spotlighted the Gulf Oil Spill and the need for the faith community to take action. Our founder Rev. Sally Bingham was the keynote, recounting her recent visit to the Gulf and how it underscored the need for people of faith to protect creation by transitioning away from fossil fuels that contribute to climate change and catastrophic oil spills. California Youth Energy Services and New Light Energy Design invited participants to sign up for lighting audits at their congregation as well as home energy and water retrofits for congregants.
Juneteenth Celebration; Grace Tabernacle Church, Bayview-Hunters Point, June 19, 2010: Fast becoming a growing annual celebration, especially in the African-American community, Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery. And this year, CIPL helped to coordinate a multi-sector accomplishment marked by the installation of a solar panel system on Grace Tabernacle. It was a true community party, shared by faith, labor, and local green jobs organizations. Click here for a write-up and to see inspiring photos from the event.
Renewal L.A., St. John’s Episcopal Church, April 25, 2010: An evening of interfaith solidarity was marked by an interfaith prayer; advanced action against Prop 23; and excerpts from the moving documentaryRenewal, which highlights stories from major faith communities and their actions in terms of preserving Creation. Read the write-up of this event from the L.A. Times.