May 2023 Eco-Spiritual Calendar
Updated: Jul 23
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.
May 2, 2023 at 11 a.m. PDT - Climate Cafe Multifaith digs into the funding and resources available through government grants and mandates to address environmental injustice and climate change. Within the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) $369 billion dollars is allocated to address environmental justice, energy solutions, emissions reductions and climate change resilience. Register. Click here for a link to the Vimeo recording if you missed the in-person gathering.
"The Rogue Climate Cinema Project is a series of film screenings about climate justice, hosted in collaboration with Working Films. This screening features the film We Still Here, which tells the story of young residents from Comerío, Puerto Rico, who take action in their community in response to their government’s poor emergency relief management during Hurricane Maria."
"After the film, there will be a panel discussion about experiences with community organizing and disaster relief efforts in the Rogue Valley over the last couple of years–and current opportunities to get involved in Southern Oregon."
May 5, 2023, at 4 p.m. PDT - Unitarian Universalists Ministry For Earth's online monthly Spiritual Gatherings help us ground, recenter, and imagine what is possible in a world in need of repair. To draw us more closely into alignment with Earth-based philosophies, UUMFE follows the Lunar Calendar. They gather, via Zoom, on the Full Moon to nourish our spirit with a time for reflection and small group sharing. Bring a pen and some paper. Register here.
May 8-11, 2023 - GreenFaith is presenting No Faith in Fossil Fuels, A Climate Finance Summit. "From May 8-11 people of faith will gather to learn about how banks and asset managers continue to invest in the fossil fuel industries that are destroying communities in the U.S. and around the world – and then find out how to hold these financial institutions accountable. Together, we can commit to taking the bold steps necessary to effect real change." Find the complete agenda here. Register here.
May 11, 2023, at 10 a.m. PDT on Zoom - Join Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill, Executive Director of The BTS Center, for a lunchtime “Let’s Talk!” conversation with Rabbi Natan Margalit, author of the 2022 book The Pearl and the Flame: A Journey into Jewish Wisdom and Ecological Thinking and founder of the non-profit Organic Torah. Register here.
May 10, 2023, at 4 p.m. PDT - Unitarian Universalists Ministry For Earth will celebrate International Biodiversity Day with a new curriculum: “May You Survive and Thrive” - a multi-generational, arts-based family ministry curriculum designed to cultivate and sustain ecological awareness within and between congregations and communities. Join in to learn more about how you can use this in your congregation, family, and community. Register here.
May 13, 2023, at 10 a.m. PDT - Southern Oregon Citizens' Climate Lobby will be meeting at Pony Expresso in Ashland for their Monthly Meeting and to hear the national call with Adam Simon, Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan. Each month volunteers around the world gather locally for group meetings to do four things: Learn, Celebrate, Practice, and Act. Learn more and download the CCL May Action Sheet by clicking "Get the Action Sheet", click here
May 16, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. PDT - BTS Center is having an online gathering for trained spiritual directors and spiritual companions: Spiritual Direction for a Climate-Changed World with Justin Ferko, Rev. Dr. Stephanie Perdew, and Rev. Dr. Wanda Stahl. Stephanie trains other spiritual guides through the Spiritual Guidance Training Program of the Siena Center of the Racine Dominicans, Racine, Wisconsin. Most recently, Wanda served on the faculty and as Director of Contextual Education at Boston University School of Theology where her favorite moments were engaging with students exploring questions of meaning, purpose, and vocation. There is a $35 fee with scholarships available. Register here.
May 16, 2023, at 11 a.m. PDT - Climate Cafe Multifaith discusses Sacred Sanctuary: The Fight to Save Oak Flat (efforts of the San Carlos Apache and other tribal leaders to stop a proposed open-pit copper mine.) Register.
May 18, 2023, at 10 a.m. PDT - Artis Imogene Drummond presents Walking and Wandering: An EcoSpiritual Journey, sharing her three-month pre-pandemic “walkabout” in Scotland and Spain. Register here.
May 23, 2023, at 4 p.m. PDT - Deeptime Network presents The Sacred Depths of Nature, a free book celebration with eminent biologist and religious naturalist Ursula Goodenough upon the release of the new edition of her classic book, Click here for info and to register!
May 30, 2023, at 6-7:30 p.m. PDT - SOCAN's Monthly Meeting (at the Medford Public Library) will focus on what other climate change groups in the area are doing. They plan to offer a panel with one representative from each of the invited groups. The program title is - Climate Action in the Rogue Valley: What are regional organizations doing?