Tuesday, March 31, 2015
In Vatican city, St. Peter’s Basilica joined iconic landmarks around the world to take a stand for stronger climate action. Rome’s Great Synagogue and Great Mosque also took part, along with other religious sites, like St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.
At Montreal's Christ Church Cathedral the lights went out and candles were lit as five choirs of young singers presented a programme of music on the theme of light and hope.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
April 7, 7-8pm (EDT): The Moral Rationale. Register here.
May 5, 3-4pm (EDT): Building Support for Action. Register here.
May 27, 3-4pm (EDT): Addressing Trustee Concerns. Register here.
Please click here and here, to see why the Stewardship of the Environment Committee is advancing a motion advocating for fossil fuel divestment in the Anglican Diocese of Montreal.
A Role Call of Faith Groups Divesting from Fossil Fuels
Report on Faith Based Divestment from Fossil Fuels
Faith Communities Divest Holdings in Fossil Fuel Industry
Why Faith Communities Must Divest from Fossil Fuels
The Religious Imperative for Fossil Fuel Divestment and Reinvestment in a Clean Energy Future
Church of England Adopts New Climate Change and Ethical Investment Policy that Includes Divestment
Episcopal Church Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuels as a Moral Issue
United Church of Canada Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuels
WCC at International Divestment Conference in Paris
Divestment and Reinvestment Resource: Fossil Free Faith
Monday, March 9, 2015
Due to climate change, we are seeing increasing incidences of extreme weather events. Faith communities can be one of the groups in the community that respond.
Faith Community Resilience Hubs Donna Lang, Toronto Representative, Greening Sacred Spaces, will talk about the Capacity Assessment interviews she conducted at 12 faith communities in Fall 2014.
Stephen Collette, Green Audit Manager, Greening Sacred Spaces, will talk about how to go about preparing a faith building for blackouts, storms and extreme weather events.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Shaw was awarded her position as professor and Stanford Dean just last year. An Anglican priest and historian from Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California, she brings a fresh perspective to religious studies. Not only was she the first female to lead the San Francisco church, she is also a lesbian. Shaw infuses many important interests into the topic of religious life, such as inclusiveness, the arts, and environmental sustainability.
Discussing what she felt was the most important issue of our time, Rev Jane Shaw told Palo Alto Online, “I think the great crisis of our day is climate change, and the environment. So, I’d rather hope that more people would take that seriously, and begin to think and reflect on what they are doing with their own lives.”
Here are some excerpts from an interview by Democracy Now's Amy Goodman and Jackelén. This interview was conducted last July during an event called Almedalen Week. Climate change was one of the major issues at the week long political festival. In May, the bishops of the Church of Sweden issued a joint statement, saying, quote, "Climate change is probably the biggest common challenge ever faced by humanity. But popular concern and the seriousness of the reports on climate are not matched by climate and environment being placed high on the political agenda."
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
I recently had a chance to sit down and talk with Afra and Lauren and here are some excerpts from that conversation.