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April 2024 Eco-Spiritual Calendar

Updated: Apr 16

Here's a list of some upcoming online and Rogue Valley, in-person, eco-spiritual activities that may be of interest to you. Check back as this post will be updated during April as we get additional information, and a new calendar listing will come out in May.

April 1-30, 2024 - "The Earth Month Ecochallenge, running from April 1st to April 30th, is a 30-day program focused on environmental and social engagement. During this month, you're invited to select actions that resonate with your values, committing to them for 30 days to foster and reinforce positive habits. Each action you complete earns points and generates real-world impact. Your efforts, combined with those of your team, contribute to a significant collective difference.

"This year's theme, “Conserving Every Ecosystem, Caring for Every Creature,” highlights the intersection of conservation and behavior change. By focusing on daily actions and continuous learning, we aim to create a sustainable and just world, not just for humans but for all species and ecosystems we rely on."

April 2, 2024, at 6 p.m. PDT - Ashland Youth for Electrification is organizing to get the City Council to pass the Climate & Clean Air policy package. From Maroun at Rogue Climate:

"We are continuing to see Ashland City Council delay on taking climate action to make our community a healthier place–even after a policy package was recommended to them by the city's Energy Policy advisory committee! We need community members to attend the 4/2/24 city council meeting at 6 P.M. to demonstrate our group strength & unified support for the ordinance. Hold City Council accountable and pressure them to include it in the agenda and vote on this soon!

April 3, 2024, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. PDT - SOCAN's Master Climate Protector (MCP) is undergoing a transition to become a new course: Living with Climate Change in the Rogue Valley, offered through the SOU Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Sustainability. The class will be held on the SOU campus and available to SOU students for credit and community members at no or minimal charge. The first offering will be as an Independent study. Alan Jornet and Kathy Conway are coordinating the course, which they will offer together with guest presenters Ray Mallette, Liz Olson, Mike Vergeer, Juie Smitherman, and Ray Seidler.

April 3, 2024, at 6 p.m. PDT - Southern Oregon PBS starts the Wednesday night series A Brief History of the Future. This is a unique six-part documentary series about our futures and how we can reimagine them. Hosted by renowned futurist Ari Wallach, the show invites viewers on a journey around the world that is filled with discovery, hope, and possibility about where we find ourselves today and what could come next."

April 4, 2024, at 1 p.m. PDT - Global Kinship is presenting a webinar featuring Lauren Van Ham speaking on the topic: Coming Home to Community, Coming Home to Earth. This webinar is part of Earth Restoration Cooperation Circles. To register for this webinar, CLICK HERE

April 9, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. PDT - OSU Southern Oregon Extension Service is offering a presentation on Landscaping for Water Conservation as part of their Sustainable Living Series. They will cover principles of waterwise landscaping, including the use of drought-tolerant plants, sprinkler schedules, and overall water conservation, as well as basic stormwater management. The cost is $15 per person to help support their Land Steward Program. Click here for a flyer, and registration QR code. or link.

April 13 & 14, 2024, from 8 a.m. to 2 p. m, PDT Saturday and from 8:30-9:30 a.m. PDT Sunday - The Aspen Chapel presents Ilia Delia and A.I. As the Matrix in the Soul: Why the Future of A.I. is Bound Up with Evolution of Consciousness based on her 2020 book Re-Enchanting the Earth: Why AI Needs Spirituality. Register here.

April 15-30, 2024 - Interfaith Power & Light's Faith Climate Action Week focus film is Common Ground, a powerful follow-up to Kiss the Ground. Common Ground provides hope for future generations with concrete ways to fix a broken planetary system. The film explores how regenerative agriculture can help heal the soil, our health, and the planet. This DVD is available for purchase through IPL, with free screening rights for showing at your in-person event. These screening rights are generally worth $90, but thanks to the generosity of the film team, they are free to IPL congregations and religious organizations. This film is only available for group in-person events between April 15 and 30, 2024. Get your DVD now Or sign up coming soon to stream the film for free for your in-person event between April 15 and 30.

April 16, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. PDT - "If you believe in the moral responsibility to care for creation for the sake of our faith, our congregations, our families, communities, and future generations", join the National Faith + Climate Forum on April 16th. Blessed Tomorrow invites all clergy and lay leaders, younger and older congregants to "Changes in our climate are increasingly impacting congregations, and clergy and lay leaders, like you, are searching for ways to be part of the solution. Deepen your understanding of engaging your congregation in creation care, working toward just and equitable solutions, and connecting with other faith leaders locally and nationally." Register here - it's free.

April 19, 2024, from 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. PDT - Earth Day 2024 at the Farm at SOU. Join Southern Oregon University and community partners for exhibits, live performances, bike rodeo, art, food trucks, and more, all in celebration of Earth. Here's a link for more information and to Register here:

April 22, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT - Earth Day 2024 celebration at Rogue Community College 

April 22, 2024, from 1-4 p.m. PDT - Rogue Valley Manor is presenting Sustainability: Elders Caring for Future Generations at this first annual Earth Day event at the RVM Auditorium, 1200 Mira Mar Ave., Medford, OR. There will be display tables on recycling and three community presenters and drawings.

April 25, 2024, from 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m. PDT, Creation Justice Ministries (CJM) is presenting Culture of Preparedness, the second part of their “Faithful Preparedness, Faithful Resilience” webinar series. Register here.

April 30, 2024, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. PDT - SOCAN Monthly Meeting on How the Climate Crises are Affecting Our Mental Health will take place in the large meeting room of the Medford Public Library, 205 South Central, Medford, OR.

May 15, 2024, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. PDT - Citizens' Climate Lobby will be presenting: Race, Climate, and Culture Conversation. Free. Register here.

May 18, 19, 25, and 26, 2024 - The Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and the Human Energy Project are co-sponsoring a webinar series with Dr. Emily DeMoor Intersubjectivity and the Noosphere: Love, entanglement, and Convergence.  Register here.

May 28, 2024, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. PDT - SOCAN's Monthly Meeting will take place in the large meeting room of the Medford Public Library, 205 South Central, Medford, OR.


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