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Join us for a week long all inclusive conference about climate change on beautiful Star Island!
Now more than ever we must face the most daunting of issues: holding on to humanity and the climate crisis. We must resist denial and apathy and set our minds on a future. We need to honor all living beings and work to heal the earth. Leading our conference are environmental activists, Tim DeChristopher, co-founder of Peaceful Uprising, and singer/songwriter, Bryan Cahall. Tim and Bryan emphasize the spiritual approach to the climate movement. Their unique concept of words and music is a transformational experience. It creates harmony and unity that lends to healing us and protecting the planet. Among other events this week: a performance of renowned Bread and Puppet Theater, using bigger than life characters representing the need for us to learn about social injustice, climate change and to come together.
In addition to our engaging program leaders will be hosting two exciting groups on island during the conference. Using the ancient and mysterious art of puppetry and masks to confront social and climate justice, the world renowned Bread and Puppet Theater will be performing their “Overtakelessness Circus” on island during this week. “The circus is a hectic, hilarious and beautiful monument to the shipwreck of our current situation” Peter Schumann, Bread and Puppet Founder.
The Sacred Harp Singers will also be joining us on Star and encourage all who wish to participate in a “feast” of singing. This traditional art form unites as only singing together can.
Visit www.starisland.org/NHW for more information and to register.
Climate justice will once again have a strong presence at the Unitarian Universalist Association's annual General Assembly, taking place for the first time in New Orleans, June 21-25, 2017.
The theme of this year's General Assembly is “Resist and Rejoice,” dedicated to awakening and deepening Unitarian Universalists' commitment to working in solidarity with people on the margins, and will feature a Commit2Respond nine-workshop track of environmental justice and climate justice programming, "The Seas are Rising and So are We."
Institute on Religion in an Age of Science: The “Wicked Problem” of Climate Change: What is it Doing to us, and for us?
Join us for a week long all inclusive conference on Star Island!
Climate change is a “wicked problem” with overlapping causes and consequences in economic, ecological, ethical, and technological realms. As climate change continues to alter our planet, how can we use this monumental change as an opportunity for societal and spiritual transformation? “Uncertainty and ambiguity emerge here as resources, because they force us to confront those things we really want—not safety in some distant and contested future, but justice and self-understanding now.” – Sheila Jananoff. Coming to terms with what the “wicked problem” of rapid climate change might do for us will take creativity, imagination, and complex interdisciplinary thinking such as that done at IRAS conferences.
For more information and to register visit www.starisland.org/IRAS.
Discounts are also available for new conferees!