Climate Change Colloquy Series
All of Creation: From Crises to Transformation
The earth, lovingly created as an environment for life to flourish, shudders in distress because creation’s natural and living systems are becoming exhausted from carrying the burden of human greed and conflict. Humankind must awaken from its illusion of independence and unrestrained consumption without lasting consequences.
Doctrine and Covenants 163:4b
Register here for this free Climate Change Colloquy series. Sponsored by the Greater Pacific Northwest Mission Center of Community for Christ.
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Past Events: Online Sessions on the Sacredness of Creation
In the midst of a global pandemic, how does one stop to consider an even greater looming crisis - climate change? Every person is in a different state: for some, the pandemic has not changed much - we can work from home or are retired. Others may now be unemployed, sleepless at night. And what of the homeless? Or juggling frantic days of work-at-home, kids to be schooled at home, worry about parents in long-term care facilities, and so on. We know the mental health profession has seen a large spike in cases due to the pandemic.
During the summer and fall of 2020, we explored ways nature can be a refuge or solace; how quickly water and the air cleared when things ground to a stop in the early weeks of the pandemic; or as we saw eco-racism laid bare. There are many dimensions to our current reality. Perhaps the only thing we know for sure is that coming together in a safe forum that values you wherever you are in all this, is a good place to start. And that is what the summer sessions were created for - to explore together, from all our varied current circumstances, where you will be valued for simply being you, and in doing so, we can hear and value each other and support each other as we explore ways to move through this pandemic and learn enduring lessons for future crises.
There were four Conversations in this initial phase, which you can now find in our Archive Tab:
1. How has nature been a refuge and solace for you, especially during this pandemic?
2. Exploring the Sacredness of Creation . . . And Why it Matters
3. Holy Attention to Awaken the Heart
4. Envision Hope, Build Bridges to the Future
Fall, Winter 2020 / 21 The Unraveling and Reweaving
Starting Sunday November 15, 2020, the series continued with a more detailed look at the Climate Change crisis itself - how we got here, the current status, and how to move fiercely toward a resolution of the core issues.
This phase started with Princeton- and Harvard-educated climate scientist Prof. Richard Gammom, who helped author the first IPCC (*) report in 1990. After 30 years of watching events unfold, you won't want to miss his views today! For details, download the Nov. 15 Flyer ; the video of his session can be found in our Archive section.
(*) IPCC: is the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It is the umbrella body which collects and diseminates the research of 1000's of scientists. Every five years it puts out a report, and a select group is chosen to write it, such as Dr. Gammon.
The series recommenced on January 10, 2021 (see Jan. 10 Flyer), followed a week or so later with a deeper discussion, which is the pattern for the remaining series.
The entire series can be viewed at Series Schedule, going through to the end of the summer 2021. The final sessions have not yet been confirmed, and will be posted as they become firm dates.
"Know, O my people, the time for hesitation is past. The earth, my creation, groans for the liberating truths of my gospel which have been given for the salvation of the world." Doctrine and Covenants 155:7
"Lift up your eyes and fix them on the place beyond the horizon to which you are sent. Journey in trust, assured that the great and marvelous work is for this time and for all time." Doctrine and Covenants 161:1a
October 29-31, 2021 In-Person Colloquy
Are we too late to act on Climate Change? Marginalized people around the world are already suffering, both from climate change, from the pandemic, and reinforced with the latest eruption, from racism.
Join us on October 29-31 2021 for the full in-person Colloquy at Samish Island, WA. Keynote speakers will include world-class climate scientists and Community of Christ President Steve Veazey.
In addition, there will be 20 or more break-out sessions, where people with wide-ranging backgrounds will share their experiences in helping tackle the various issues of climate change. This is a world-class event you will not want to miss! More details later.
Our Phase 2 Series, plus the In-Person Colloquy in October of 2021 will include these incredible world-class keynote speakers!
Professor Richard Gammon
was a co-author (Carbon Cycle) of the first Scientific Assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 1990).
As Chief of the Carbon Dioxide Program, he directed the US program to globally monitor atmospheric CO2 (NOAA Environmental Research Laboratories, Boulder, 1982-84). Heis Professor (Emeritus) of Chemistry and Oceanography, and Adjunct Professor (Emeritus) of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.
He is a former Co-Director of the UW Program on the Environment (2004-2007). Richard received his BA in Chemistry from Princeton University (1965), and his MA and PhD in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University (1970).
Professor Phoebe Barnard
is an Affiliate (full) Professor at the University of Washington, Chief Science and Policy Officer at the Conservation Biology Institute, and Honorary Research Associate of both the Centre of Excellence at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology and the African Climate and Development Initiative, at the University of Cape Town.
Through her company "Biodiversity Strategy," she also recently supported the work of the IUCN Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group via the Center for Large Landscape Conservation on matters of global ecological connectivity, marine conservation and evidence-based decision-making. She's written three books, numerous book chapters and over 100 scientific and semi-popular papers.
President Stephen M. Veazey
is President of Community of Christ. Prior to his ordination on June 3, 2005, he served as a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles, the leading missionary quorum of Community of Christ.
He is the eighth president of the church. Some of his past assignments have included the Southern USA Mission Field; the Africa/East Central Field; the Ontario, South Central, and East Central Regions; and African American ministries, among many others.
President Veazey holds B.Sc. degree from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Arts in Religion from Park College, Parksville, Missouri, and Advanced Leadership Studies at International Headquarters.