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October 2023 Eco-Spiritual Calendar

Updated: Oct 8, 2023

Here is a partial list of some activities in Rogue Valley and online that may be of interest to spiritual communities and others with eco-sustainability concerns.

October 3, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. PT online - The BTS Center is starting five Tuesday Book Groups to study: Who Do We Choose to Be: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity by Margaret J. Wheatley. The dates are October 3, 17, and 31, and November 14 and 28. Plus there will be an online Author Event with Margaret Wheatley on Tuesday, October 24th at 4 p.m. PT Click here for more information and to register.

October 4, 2023, at 4 p.m. is the online national launch of Blessed Americas's One Home One Future movement. One Home One Future is "a multifaith campaign to strengthen vitality, relevance, and community connection across generations in local congregations nationwide. It is a coalition effort of American faith denominations and organizations working for visible and collective climate action by faith leaders." Register here.

One Home One Future offers seven inspiring pathways to engage:

October 5, 2023, at 1 p.m. PM - Global Kinship presents JD Stillwater on Nature’s Scripture: The Interfaith Promise of Science. "JD’s full-time mission is to lead the wider culture toward a worldview that is more aligned with how reality works. The currently dominant worldview of separation and exploitation only offers imminent planetary catastrophe. To be effective in creating more sustainable systems, we must change the way we think. Global Kinship meets on the first Thursday of the month. Register here.

October 7, 2023, from 2-4 p.m. PT - SOCAN has organized a Climate Change Panel presentation at Grants Pass Museum of Art, 229 SW G Street. Presenters will include Ann Chadwick Reed, Natalie Niblack, and Alan Journet.

October 9, 2023, at 6 p.m. PT - Global Kinship Meditations - Members of Creation Spirituality's Global Kinship community meet on Monday evening after each webinar for 20 minutes for meditation, turning attention to the emerging Noosphere to allow the focus and vision of our presenter to enter our own consciousness, thereby expanding the Noosphere through our meditation." Register here to receive your personal perpetual link.

October 9, 2023 - David Sloan Wilson has created a reading group centered around his novel, Atlas Hugged, starting on October 9th. Atlas Hugged is a fictional portrayal of events that can take place in the real world—the rapid cultural evolution of worldwide cooperation. Admission is free, but a commitment is required to write reflections on the themes of the book, and to share your thoughts with others as part of a scientific research project on worldview evolution. The group will meet weekly online for four 90-minute sessions, starting Monday, October 9, at 6:00 p.m. PT. Learn more and apply 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 Learn more here.

October 11, 2023, at 10 a.m. PT - Brooks Berndt will moderate a Creation Justice Webinar, with a multi-faith panel of climate leaders that will reflect upon Pope Francis' updated plea for climate action (a "second part" of his encyclical on the climate crisis and inequality on the October 4th feast day of Francis of Assisi,.) Panelists will include:

Even if you cannot make the webinar at its scheduled time on October 11th still sign-up, and we will send you a link to a recording of it. Register now!

October 12, 2023, at 4:30 p..m. PT - The SOCAN Climate Action Team in Central Point is meeting at the Central Point Public Library to share ideas (like composting, resilience hubs, energy saving, and creating community awareness) for our planet. RSVP:

October 15, 2023, from 3-6 p.m. PT - Rogue Climate is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Block Party & Fundraiser for Climate Justice at its office and parking lot, 205 N. Phoenix Ave., Phoenix, OR. They celebrate the community's accomplishments: "from stopping Jordan Cove LNG, to organizing fire relief efforts, passing legislation to work towards transitioning away from fossil fuels, empowering youth climate leadership, and more." Registration is on a sliding scale from $5 to $150.

October 16, 2023, the start date for four, online, Mondays at Noon, - ProSocial World and Charter for Compassion present Becoming Creatures of Boundless Love - a month-long journey through Wayne Teasdale’s Nine Interspiritual Elements, led by Diane Berke, Kate Sheehan Roach, and Susan Soleil. Leaders will "engage in dialogue, contemplative inquiry, and spiritual practice in a way that leaves these nine attributes emblazoned on your own mystic heart." Cost: $40. Register here.

October 18, 2023 - A two-year program toward a new EcoSpiritual Direction certificate is starting October 18th and ending June 2025. This unique, first-of-its-kind program "combines the powerful eco-spirituality experiential program of Seminary of the Wild Earth with the leading spiritual direction training center out of California called STILLPOINT, which has been training people to companion others in their lives of faith, spiritual practice and action for forty years." Click here for more information and registration.

October 18, 2023 from 6-7:30 p.m. PT and October 26, 2023, from 12:00=1;30 p.m. PT - The City of Ashland OR has scheduled two public engagement meetings at Council Chambers, 1175 East Main Street, for residents to give testimony regarding developing the ordinance to protect our indoor air quality by creating an emissions standard for HVACs and water heaters in new construction. . Earlier in September, the Ashland Youth for Electrification campaign held a Rally for Climate & Clean Air and demanded that the city quickly move forward to develop an ordinance. Sign up to give testimony at this link.

October 19, 2023, at 2 p.m. PT on Zoom - IRAS will present a free webinar with Bradley S. Artson, Friends or Enemies? Science and Judaism As Partners In Wonder. "Rather than assuming science and religion are adversaries, we will explore how science and religion, properly understood, can offer complimentary pathways to enhance our humanity, augment our sense of wonder at the world and all it contains, and advance a human commitment to expand knowledge, foster healing, and repair the world." Register here.

October 19, 2023, to November 9, 2023 - Bioneers is offering The Rights of Nature - Training on how to draft, adopt, and enforce Rights of Nature laws in cities, towns, and counties. Learn more and register here.

October 21, 2023, at 4-5:30 p.m. PT - Michael Dowd (Post Doom, No Gloom) is offering a free, 8-week book discussion on Terry LePage's book "Eye of the Storm: Facing Climate and Social Chaos with Calm and Courage with Zoom calls on Tuesdays or Saturdays, starting October 21 and 24. This is a collaborative event of the Deep Adaptation Forum (DAF) and Post Doom. Click HERE for details and to register and receive the Zoom link.

October 28, 2023 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am PT - Sustaining Climate Activists hosts monthly gatherings with social time, resilience tool education, and sharing. During the summer months, they meet in person at Blue Heron Park, Phoenix, OR.

October 31, 2023, at 6 p.m. PT - SOCAN monthly meeting

November 1-5, 2023, online - The Work That Reconnects Network is organizing its first-ever Gaian Gathering. The event is online and features a curated mix of world-renowned keynote speakers, skill-building workshops, and live practices of the Work That Reconnects. We’ll also have spaces to express our creativity through art and music, and find community through networking designed for meaningful connections. Registration opens soon. Click here to sign up to receive a reminder when registration goes live!

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

November 14, 2023 - Bioneers Learning is presenting a 4-week course Honoring Your Emotional Ecosystem on Tuesdays starting November 14th through December 5, 2023, from 11 a.m. - to 12:30 p,m., PT led by author, researcher, and emotions-and-empathy expert Karla McLaren, M.Ed., Register here.

November 17-19 2023 - Human Energy presents the N2 Conference – The Noosphere at 100: The Future of Human Collective Consciousness at the International House, University of California, 2299 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720. The 3-day conference, features thought leaders, scholars across fields, and eminent scientists, including Philip Beesley, Johan Bollen, Anne Clin, John Cressler, Terrence Deacon, Ilia Delio, Ben Goertzel, Francis Heylighten, Kevin Kelly, Robert Lawrence Kuhn, Jaron Lanier, Wolfgang Leidhold, Raphael Liogier, Louis Savary, Gregory Stock, Brian Thomas Swimme, David Sloan Wilson, and others. The program includes plenary and concurrent sessions featuring invited and selected presentations and a selected poster exhibit.

The early-bird Registration deadline is October 7th.


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