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February 2024 Eco-Spiritual Calendar

Updated: Feb 18

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 February as we get additional information and a new calendar listing will come out in March.

February 1, 2024, at 1 p.m. PST - Global Kinship is hosting a webinar with Duane Elgin, author, education, media activist, and social scientist, who will speak on Facing Adversity: Choosing Earth, Choosing Life. "Global Kinship, Exploring the Emerging Noosphere, addresses the phenomenon of the complexification of human creativity, technology, and consciousness that has evolved within our species - from the first "Aha!" moments of the earliest tribes to this rapidly rising consciousness and interconnectivity among humans around the world.' Register here.

February 4, 2024 - Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is having its 11th annual Oregon Interfaith Earth Summit in faith communities all over Oregon with the theme, Hope for Our Common Home.The first part of this hybrid event will be a plenary session on Zoom, with participants watching together from their regional locations across Oregon. Following the plenary, local hosts will facilitate in-person sessions focusing on relationship-building and learning with people of faith in their region. The cost is $25 general; and $10 student rate. Scholarships are available (select the “Scholarship” option on the registration form). Register at

February 6, 2024, at 5 p.m. PT on Zoom - Earth Charter International will host a webinar on East and West Dialogue on Ecological Civilization. The speakers will include Mary Evelyn Tucker, Zhihe Wang, Jinfeng Zhou, and Julia Kim. Click here for more information and to register.

February 9-11, & 18, 2024 - Unity Earth is convening a symposium Awakening to Humanity’s Sacred Mission. "to bring together like-minded organizations and individuals from around the world to explore what is next for our global network of evolutionary organizations... The international Symposium is a collaboration produced by Unity Earth in deep partnership with the Source of Synergy Foundation, Laszlo Institute, the Holomovement, Unify, Light on Light, SINE Network, Humanity’s Team, Good of the Whole, and other global organizations." Register here.

February 15, 2024, at 8 a.m. PT - The Center for Earth Ethics is presenting a webinar: Values, Culture, Spirituality and Ecosystem Restoration: A Dialogue with UN Decade Advisory Board Members. In support of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and global restoration efforts, the Center for Earth Ethics has hosted a series of high-level interventions and community-based dialogues. These events showcase the importance of incorporating values, culture, and spirituality (VCS) in anchoring and achieving ecosystem restoration. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration has helped galvanize broad engagement in protecting, conserving, and restoring the natural world.. This webinar will delve into the multifaceted nature of restoration, emphasizing that it extends beyond the hectares restored. Crucially, it involves repairing the relationship between people and the land, water, and air essential for life. The session will also examine methods for meaningfully engaging a community and the role of values, culture, and spirituality in ensuring the success of restoration projects. Confirmed panelists include Thais Corral of Sinal do Vale, Tariq Al-Olaimy of 3BL Associates, Atari Mishra of We are Tomorrow, and Gopal Patel, the UN Decade Advisory Board co-chair. CEE’s Andrew Schwartz will moderate.

February 27, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. PT - SOCAN's monthly meeting at the Medford Public Library will bring "Updates from Salem & Home." "The climate catastrophe is approaching faster than many realize; across the planet, 2024 must be the year for meaningful climate action!"

March/April 2024 through October/November 2024 - The BTS Center is offering a monthly gathering over Zoom for groups of six: Group Spiritual Direction Circles For Spiritual Leaders in a Climate-Changed World. This is "an eight-month opportunity for spiritual leaders to strengthen their holy hearing and sharing in group spiritual direction/companioning." Each two-hour session is centered on a prompt related to climate change, liminality, or uncertainty. The program fee is $200. For more information and to register click here.

March 4, 2024 - Deeptime Network is offering an eight-week course: The Ecozoic Way in Religion, Ethics & Law: Understanding and Applying the Essential Teachings of Thomas Berry. The course, which starts March 4th, will be led by Herman Greene, JD, DMin, who is the Thomas Berry Scholar-in-Residence of the Earth Law Center and co-author and co-editor of the legal textbook Earth Law: Emerging Ecocentric Law—A Guide for Practitioners. Click here for more information and registration. Early=bird pricing of $240 until February 19th.

March 17, 2024 - Spring Equinox celebration

April 3, 2024 - 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 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:

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

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