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August 2023 Eco-Spiritual Calendar

Updated: Aug 16, 2023


"Love is the most powerful and still most unknown energy in the world." ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Here's a brief list of online and Rogue Valley in-person activities that may be of interest to you. Check back as this post will be updated as we get additional information.


August 1, 2023, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. PDT - SOCAN's Talent Team will meet at the Talent Public Library, 101 Home St., Talent, OR. This group will work to develop a Strategic Plan focused on accomplishing climate actions in Talent. SOCAN Calendar Event. - Contact Eleanor@SOCAN.eco


August 3, 2023, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. PDT - SOCAN's Ashland Team will meet in the Gresham Room in the Ashland Public Library. "Current projects include Compost, Electrification (School buses), and Small Engine Conversion. We will continue to plan actions related to these projects as we discuss ways we can help the city of Ashland move forward on action to address climate change. SOCAN Calendar Event. Contact Kathy@socan.eco.


August 4, 2023, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. PDT via zoom - SOCAN's Medford Team will meet to "focus on supporting the Medford Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Planning (CCARP) and other activities to support Medford's efforts to address climate change." Click here for a link to the draft plan. SOCAN Calendar Event with Zoom link - Contact Alan@SOCAN.eco


August 8, 2023 at 5 p.m. PDT - The Shift Network presents a seven-week live stream course with Matthew Fox and Brian Thomas Swimme on Science, Spirituality & the Noosphere: Hope for Humanity’s Future. Join the live stream, or stream later to watch at your convenience. Register here for $349. Register by August 4 to unlock a limited-time bonus.

  • Module 1: (August 8) - Explore the “Mind” of the Universe to Expand Your Capacity to Consciously Create a New Form of Cosmological Intelligence.

  • Module 2: (August 15) - How Human Creativity & Cosmological Intelligence Intersect to Birth Divinity and a Unified Humanity

  • Module 3: (August 22) - Discover the Nervous System of the Earth & the Cosmic Dimension of Humanity That Exists in Symbolic Language

  • Module 4: (August 29) - Recover the Sacredness of Earth, Her Creatures & Humanity as an Antidote to Climate Change & Extinction

  • Module 5: (September 5) - Experience Unity Through Symbolic Language — a Spiritual & Scientific Tool That Catalyzes Noospheric Consciousness

  • Module 6: (September 12) - Take Part in the Birth of a New Renaissance & Civilization to Reclaim a Sense of Meaning in Your Life

  • Module 7: (September 19) - The Noosphere, the Rebirth of Humanity & the Healing (Tikkun) of Mother Earth to Empower Your Neotenic Nature

August 9, 2023 - IRAS will present a webinar with Rabbi Igael Gurin​, ​TBD


August 10, 2023, at 11 a.m. PDT - Richenda Fairhurst's Climate Cafe "gathers for something new - jumping into a ‘summer reading’ vibe with an uplifting book read: Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation by Paul Hawken." Register.


August 17, 2023, at 4 p.m. PDT on Zoom - Faith in Place is having a webinar: Leveling the Field: Sustainable Agriculture & Climate Justice. On this monthly call you will learn more about the role of sustainable agriculture in the climate justice movement, and how we can take action to reduce carbon emissions, increase food access, and promote ecosystems and human health through advocacy. Register here.


August 20, 2023 - Sustainable Rogue Valley is continuing its film/conversation series - next up is Symphony of the Soil.


August 20, 2023, at 4 p.m. PDT - Deeptime Network is offering a free book celebration of Jeanne Clark's, ALL THE WAY IN: A Story of Activism, Incarceration, & Organic Farming

Registration is required here.


August 22, 2023, at 4 p.m. PDT - UU Ministry for Earth Climate Justice Action-Reflection is having their Climate Justice Action Reflection Circle - "a place where we can take risks, make mistakes, learn together, and deepen our engagement of justice work, spiritual growth, and the connections between the two. If you are engaged in climate justice, join with other UUs on a regular basis to reflect on your actions, restore, build resilience, and connect in community." Register here.


August 29, 2023, from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. PDT - SOCAN's monthly meeting will return in August with an in-person program at the Medford Public Library on the alarming demise of Douglas fir trees in the region.


Other Summer Eco-Spiritual Events


September 5, 12, and 19, 2023 - Water Action Community events at the Bellview Grange.


September 7, 2023 - IRAS will present a webinar with Ursula Goodenough, TBD


September 21-23, 2023 - The Center for Process Studies, Center for Christogenesis, and Villanova University in Pennsylvania are presenting a conference on Whitehead & Teilhard: Convergences, Divergences, Integrations. "This conference draws together Whitehead and Teilhard scholars to advance the possibilities and relevance of process philosophy and theology through an integrative encounter between these two foundational figures." A virtual-only registration ticket is $100, which grants virtual, simulcast access to the conference and edited recordings. Deadline for Registration: August 10, 2023 Register here.


September 28-29, 2023 - BTS Center is hosting Convocation 2023: Kinship: Re-Weaving the Great Web of Belonging. The gathering will be held in person at Hallowell, Maine with a hybrid, hosted, live-stream option for some of the Convocation sessions. Presenters will include: Victoria Loorz, author and co-founder of the Wild Church Network: John Bear Mitchell, musician; and storyteller; and Rev. Liz Fulmer, a queer pastor and musical storyteller ritual; Register here.


September 20, 2023 - Deeptime Leadership & Wellbeing (nine-month) Program: Life and Leadership that Start with an Evolving Universe starts Sept. 20, 2023. Presenters included: Stephan Martin, Brian Thomas Swimme, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Jennifer Morgan, Matthew Fox and adjunct faculty. An installment program in three modules is offered. More information here.


October 10, 2023 - OLLI at SOU is having a 3-session, weekly, online class taught by Anita Dygert Gearheart on Making Sense of the Climate Crisis. Registration for unlimited OLLI classes for the next three semesters is $150


October, 2023, - IRAS will present a webinar with Bradley S. Artson, Sinai, Stars, & Synapses: Science and Judaism As Partners In Wonder


November, 2023, IRAS will present a webinar with Frank Schaeffer, artist & theologian, TBD


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