Climate March Langley, WA 4/29/17
UUCWI is sponsoring a Climate march here on Whidbey Island 4/29/17 in solidarity with others nationally. https://actionnetwork.org/events/langley-climate-march?source=direct_link&
"Seeking Viable Hope in a Time of Climate Despair" was the title of our service Sunday 3/6/16
masterfully crafted by UUCWI's Dave Caufman and Larry Daloz of the Whidbey Institute; featuring the music of Chopin, Satie, Peter Mayer's "Blue Boat Home" and following Mary Oliver's "The Poet with His hands in His Face" la bella voce of a Hermit thrush. As we enter this age of consequences we confront our grief but must not let despair hold sway. Active Hope as Joanna Macy says is independent of the projected outcome. "There are no passengers on spaceship Earth. We are all crew." said Marshall McLuan We must all shoulder our respective responsibilities with love as our guide
UUCWI Constructed a Resource Handout: "What I Can Do"
The HO was based on one KD Moore provided during UUC's Climate Action Week in February. It consisted of suggestions under 3 major headings: "Stop Making It Worse"; "Protect, Restore, Rehabilitate" and "Start Over". The opposite side contained numerous resources including organizations, suggested readings and value statements from the Native American community including the principles of the "Honorable Harvest" and the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois nations) "Basic Call to Consciousness” to the UN (1977) "The original instruction directs that we who walk the earth are to express a great respect, an affection and a gratitude towards all the spirits which create and support life." It was included in the order of Service and at our Earth and Ocean Appreciation Month events. We also posed weekly questions for introspection and discussion in our ENews based on C2R's weekly themes.
UUCWI Held a Service titled "The (Im)Morality of Climate Change"
A lay led service explored, with words and images, the impacts and injustices of Carbon Pollution inviting congregants to examine the array of emotions, possibly repressed surrounding the topic. It was followed by a forum to openly share congregants' reactions.
Earth and Ocean Appreciation Month 3/22// to 4/24
UUCWI along with the Greening Congregations of Whidbey Island sponsored 6 events 2 of which focused on water crisis: global, regional, California's and included a report on our island's water status. The lead event featured the film Our Sacred Obligation: The Totem Pole Journey 2014; "Thirsty for Justice: The Struggle for the human right to water"; “Making Polluters Pay: The Carbon Tax Option” featuring Carbon Washington's Initiative 732; A book report on Elizabeth Kolbert’s best selling book, The Sixth Extinction and concluding with Sharon Abreu's Climate Monologues, a one woman musical, multimedia show highlighting real people.
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