PHASE 1: Join Us This Summer!
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.
Wherever you are, we hope you will journey with us over the summer, as we explore ways nature can be a refuge or solace; how quickly water and 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 have been 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 are four Conversations in this initial phase, each one occurring at least twice. Click Register to get the Zoom link for any of these sessions. All times are PDT:
- How has nature been a refuge and solace for you, especially during this pandemic?
Thursday July 9 2:00 - 3:30 PM PDT
Friday July 17, 4:00 - 5:30 PM PDT
Sunday July 26 2:00 - 3:30 PM PDT
- Exploring the Sacredness of Creation . . . And Why it Matters
Thursday August 6, 5:30 - 7:00 PM PDT
Sunday August 30, 4:00 - 5:30 PM PDT
- Holy Attention to Awaken the Heart
Sunday September 20, 3:00 - 4:30 PM PDT
Thursday September 24, 6:00 - 7:30 PM PDT
- Envision Hope, Build Bridges to the Future
Thursday October 22, 6:00 - 7:30 PM PDT
Sunday October 25, 3:00 - 4:30 PM PDT
As of this writing the world has been in the COVID-19 pandemic for a few months. It has had varying forms of tragedy such as over 500,000 deaths, severe illness, job loss, mental health issues and so on. It has laid bare some of the social and health injustices in societies.
In terms of climate change it has given us a tiny glimpse into our global footprint. The picture on the left shows emission (nitrogen dioxide, commonly from road traffic) before the pandemic; on the right it is after the lockdown.
PHASE 2: Fall, Winter 2020 / 21
The Unraveling and Reweaving
The series continues 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 will start with a weekend on-line set of keynote speakers, followed by sessions every couple of weeks through the winter.
"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
PHASE 3: OCTOBER 29-31, 2021
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.
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.
"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
"You who are my disciples must be found continuing in the forefront . . ."
Doctrine and Covenants 151:9