Oregon Interfaith Earth Summit 2023
Cherice Bock, Creation Justice Advocate for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) has invited our Rogue Valley Interfaith Climate Action Group and Rev. Richenda Fairhurst (EMO's Creation Justice Committee Chair who lives in Ashland) to participate in an Oregon Interfaith Earth Summit 2023. The theme will be Building Neighborhoods of Climate Resilience.
The Summit is scheduled for February 5, 2023 from 1:30-5 p.m. PST with the local gathering at First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, located at the southeastern corner of Walker and Siskiyou Blvd. Save the date!
EMO's last annual Earth Summit was held in Portland in 2017 and was subsequently restricted by Covid 19, but in 2023 it will be a hybrid event with both Zoom and regional, in-person gatherings held around the state.
The initial plenary Zoom session will be arranged by EMO with speakers addressing how faith communities can help neighborhoods during climate-related emergency events. This will be followed by time for local participants to get to know one another and discuss how faith communities can plan local actions for organizing neighborhoods. The Summit will end with a public witness such as a silent vigil and candle lighting.
Unite Oregon leads a fight for social justice in Oregon "by empowering communities ignored by the powerful." They focus on six interrelated issues: Climate Justice; Housing Justice; Community Safety; Education Equity; Economic Justice; and Health Equity.
Oregon Just Transition Alliance (OJTA) "is a movement of communities facing environmental racism, climate change, and economic exploitation – the frontlines of injustice and the frontlines of change."
Cherice expects to email more organizational details in early December 2022. For more information about the Summit contactor Cherice at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-314-7908 or Richenda at email@example.com and follow this Rogue Valley Voice blog for updated information.
Oregon Interfaith Power and Light (OIPL) is an EMO project that "engages the faith community to strive for accountability in our individual and collective energy decisions in an interdependent world."
OIPL is also making plans for next year's Earth Day April 22, 2023 and Faith Climate Action Week April 14 - 23, 2023.
"Faith Climate Action Week is IPL’s annual program of climate-themed worship services and sermons that spans ten days of activities in celebration of Earth Month. This is IPL’s premier event to create a mass movement of people of faith and conscience preaching, teaching, and acting to heal the climate."
"The theme of 2023’s Faith Climate Action Week is Living the Golden Rule: Just Transition to a Clean Energy Economy.” They will examine our responsibility to transition to energy sources that safeguard our common home, and how our faiths call us to respond with just solutions for all."
The kit will include an Action Guide with information on the faithful call to care for our neighbors by ensuring a just transition to a clean energy economy where the well-being of workers and frontline community members are prioritized."
"In the kit, there are suggested short films, an updated climate change fact sheet, faith-based discussion materials including a special multi-faith Golden Rule poster, and suggestions and resources for how to engage in supporting local action. Faith Climate Action Week 2023 online offerings include resources for sermons, talks, worship services, a film screening kit for the 2023 featured film, and more."
"As people of faith and conscience, we are called to ensure a just transition and create a life-giving economy and society where the interconnected community of all life can thrive in a safe climate." ~ Interfaith Power & Light