The speakers bureau was mentioned in an EcoTone post by Nadine Lymn highlighting ecology outreach efforts. Click here to read the post.
Resources and Documents that may be referred to in the webinar:
Dr. Rick Hammer article on biodiversity from a Biblical perspective, published in the Baptist Standard, TX
Sun Come Up (climate change documentary from Catholic Climate Coalition) Youth Education Packet
Speakers will include Cassandra Carmichael (National Council of Churches EcoJustice Programs Director, hosting), and Alexei Laushkin (Evangelical Environmental Network, Sr. Communications Director)
As always, we invite contributions from anyone on the speakers bureau list, especially to report on ecology/science outreach work you have been doing in faith communities, and to raise current questions.
We will also be looking forward to summarizing all our efforts at ESA MN in August — the 8/8/13, 11:30am workshop description is found here, and you can click here for the Survey Monkey link to record your outreach experiences — and taking next steps to implement the speakers bureau. Thanks for all your efforts, and we’re looking forward to connecting again on March 26!
NOV. 15, 2012 CALL RESOURCES:
Some files for use in Thursday’s call:
PresbyEcoStewardsMGregory (Megan’s powerpoint)
GreenFaithYouthPoemDoll (Julie’s slide)
also note other resources at: http://nccecojustice.org//ssb.php
Call 1: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 8:00-9:30pm Eastern
Call 2: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, Noon-1:30pm Eastern (webinar)
8:00pm-9:30pm* eastern, Thursday, Nov. 15
1) Welcome, Updates and Announcements
2) Outreach reports
-Julie Doll (Michigan State), Michigan youth outreach
-Joseph Leyda (Leyda Consulting), approaching congregations as an outsider
-open to others
3) Resources and Connections to help speakers find faith communities interested in outreach
-Megan Gregory (Cornell) Presbyterian Earth Care Congregations program
-Bill Bradlee (Interfaith Power and Light, State Affiliate Coordinator) and/or Susan Stephenson (Executive Director), how to connect with IPL networks
-Alexei Laushkin (Sr. Communications Director, Evangelical Environmental Network), connecting with evangelical congregations
-open to others
4) Further Resources and Support
-open discussion to propose outreach resources to feature in February’s follow-up webinar, and for general posting at http://nccecojustice.org//ssb.php
-Leanne Jablonski (U Dayton, Marianist Environmental Ed Center), use of Sun Come Up video in Catholic and other communities
5) Evaluation Measures and Next Steps
-open discussion about how best to track and evaluate the outreach we’re piloting this year, summarize it during an ESA MN 2013 workshop, and make recommendations for implementing the speakers bureau
*note: some of you can only make the call until 9pm Eastern, and that is fine – for those who can only join late in the call, we’ll make room to add your comments
From Meg Lowman: sorry I can not be on this call! Of note, I just returned from speaking to Coptic priests in Ethiopia, and will be leading a workshop for them on Ecosystem Services this janauary. And I continue to lecture to USA venues — information on my website about the project of religion and science at www.treefoundation.org
From Dorothy Boorse: I am in on two things that might be of interest to the group. The first is an initiative of the LauSanne movement (a largely evangelical Christian but worldwide, not just American) and World Evangelical Alliance (also worldwide) , who called a meeting of scientists and theologians two weeks ago to draft a statement on care of the environment and climate change- in the hopes that this will serve as another key document in the Christian faith community- it is a call for action .
Here is a press release, although I think the call to action is still not released
The second is that the Academy of Evangelical Scientists and Ethicists, a small group that was basically formed when there were so many threats to the endangered species act a decade ago, is getting more active. There will be some things coming out of that soon. They might have an interest in partnering.
From Rick Hammer: I thought I would briefly report back with some of the outreach work I have been engaged in and what’s on the horizon. First, I am a member of a moderate Baptist church with a membership of about 1900 here in Texas. I had lunch with my pastor last week to discuss the possibility of me leading and teaching a Sunday evening course on Christian environmental stewardship. He was enthusiastic and the plan is to get this class started this fall. I may have the chance to speak to the entire congregation on a Sunday morning as well. For the class I plan to use Calvin DeWitt’s ‘ Earthwise: A Guide to Hopeful Creation Care.’ In my writing and teaching I try to bring the perspective of a biologist with an emphasis on what biodiversity is and why it’s important. I have written a short essay about biodiversity from a Christian Biblical perspective and had this published in the Baptist Standard, which is a biweekly publication for all Texas Baptists.
Information about the 2012 ESA speakers bureau workshop can be found here.