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March 2024 Eco-Spiritual Calendar

Updated: Mar 25

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 March as we get additional information, and a new calendar listing will come out in April

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.

March 6, 2024, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PST (an In-person event at Portland State University with a streaming option available) - Oregon Environmental Council and World Oregon present Great Decisions 2024: Climate Technology & Competition. Will the United States, China, and other powerful countries approach current and future climate initiatives with an increased commitment to trade protectionism and nationalism? Or could a growing spirit of international accord develop to confront the “common enemy” of climate change? Hear from OEC’s Senior Climate Program Director, Nora Apter. Reserve your ticket.

March 7, 2024 and Thursdays until November from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PT, Rogue Valley Growers Market will have a free food-scrap drop-off location at Hawthorne Park in Medford. They will collect and transport them to your favorite local farms to utilize as compost and animal feed.

March 9, 2024, at 10 a.m. PT - Southern Oregon Citizens' Climate Lobby meets Saturday, at Pony Espresso in Ashland.

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 16, 2024, at 9 a.m. PDT - is presenting Ervin Laszlo's Embrace the Sacred Mission Dance with the Planet as part of the Global Coherence Pulse. "To address the issues of environmental degradation, a weakening cultural foundation, and destabilization of local communities, three “Purpose Pillars” serve as the foundation of Purpose Earth’s global grant and mentorship program: Environmental Restoration, Cultural Collaboration, and Community Activation." Register here:

March 17, 2024 - Spring Equinox celebration in the Rogue Valley

March 19, 2024, at 5 p.m. PT - "Third Act will host author and activist Brian McLaren at their next General Meeting., McLaren will talk about how people of faith can engage the dominant realities of our time: ecological overshoot, economic injustice, and the increasing possibility of civilizational collapse - themes he discusses in his forthcoming book,  Life After Doom: Wisdom and Courage for a World Falling Apart (due out May 14, 2024). After his talk, Third Act Founder Bill McKibben will join Brian for a short conversation. Read more about Brian McLaren on his website, and register here for this Zoom conversation."

March 20, 2024, at 4 p.m. PDT, on Zoom - Celebrate the equinox with Creation Spirituality Communities and a Virtual Labyrinth Walk with Mary Ann Wamhoff. No need to register in advance. Zoom Link here. To support the work of Creation Spirituality Communities Click here If you need to print a labyrinth to participate, there are two options we recommend:

March 21, 2024, 4-5:30 p.m. on Zoom - Unitarian Universalist for Earth is presenting Rev. Dr. Clyde Grubbs and Rev. Karen Van Fossan to commemorate World Water Day, to raise awareness that 2.2 billion people live without access to safe water. These two spiritual leaders in the UU for Earth movement will help us build a heart-centered approach to a right-relationship with Mother Earth and her waters. Register here.

March 22, 2024, at 3 p.m. PDT, - Prosocial World is having a free online seminar with Tomas Veloz and Floor Schukking: Exploring Socio-economic Influence on AI: Re-imagination and Integration from Various Worldviews. "Many of the current problems we face, such as the acceleration of environmental breakdown, have been a result of the same Euro-Western system of scientific knowledge and neo-liberal ideals that have shaped the definition of what this intelligence entails.... After an introduction to perspectives on AI, we try to shift away from this neo-liberal capitalist worldview and shift our focus to various other perspectives, such as degrowth, feminist, indigenous wisdom, and systems thinking." Register here.

March 26, 2024, at 6 p.m. PDT - SOCAN's Monthly Meeting: Why We Are Beaver Believers will be held in the large meeting room, Medford Public Library, 205 South Central, Medford, OR

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 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 16, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. PT - "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:

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

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. 

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.


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