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Climate Justice Camp: Spirit-Led Action

ID 475319

Thu 9:00am - 5:00pm

Venue: Living Room


I used to think that the top global environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and climate change. I thought that with thirty years of good science we could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy, and to deal with these we need a spiritual and cultural transformation. James Gustave Speth Do you ever feel powerless, despondent, or afraid when you think about the climate crisis? Do you sometimes feel numb when you see pictures of historic floods and droughts, storms and wildfires, tornados and heat waves? You're not alone. Psychologists are beginning to recognize climate grief as a growing phenomena. As caring and compassionate people, this feeling of helplessness can lead to denial or depression or despair, especially when we understand that climate change hits poor and marginalized communities way harder than more privileged people groups. To say nothing of the one million species on the brink of extinction. These feelings may paralyze us and prevent us from taking action on behalf of the planet and vulnerable people. Or we may become propelled by anger or fear, both fully appropriate in the face of massive injustice and tragedy, but not sustainable. Thankfully, our diverse intergenerational Beloved Community can create a better way forward, riding on the wings of the Wild Goose the Celtic symbol for the Holy Spirit. At its root, the climate crisis is a spiritual problem, based in greed and selfishness and othering of nations, populations, and Creation itself. As people empowered by the spirit, we must look within ourselves for the resources to engage climate injustice in a healthy way. You are invited to join one of the world's foremost climate leaders, author and activist Bill McKibben and acclaimed author, activist, and public theologian Brian McLaren for a day of conversation, reflection, and prayer about climate justice. Leaders from marginalized frontline communities affected by climate disruption will help us learn, as we heal and discover hope in loving community. We'll move through awareness and acceptance and into hopeful even joyful empowerment for action. Together we will heal our bodies, minds and spirits through contemplative prayer practices, gentle yoga, and a silent walk in the surrounding forest. Long-time environmental activists will lead us in imagining creative ways we can accept God's call to care for each other and our planet.