The theme of General Assembly (GA) 2016 is “Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect.” There will be many workshops and activities that tie this theme to environmental, ecological, and climate justice. These presentations may be of interest to individuals and congregations looking for inspiration and projects for their Green Sanctuary action plans.
Also, come by the UUMFE booth in the Exhibit Hall (#222), a.k.a., “Climate Justice Central.” for UUMFE, UU Young Adults for Climate Justice and Commit2Respond newsletters, action alerts, and sign-up stations.
Note: HR = Hyatt Regency CC – Convention Center
Building Interfaith Partnerships To Address Climate Justice:
Thursday at 10:45 a.m., HR Union E, UU Ministry for Earth.
Panelists will share how the global events of Paris and Laudate Si get played out in localized environmental justice coalitions.
The Color of Water:
Thursday, 12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m., UUSC, Booth #207, Exhibit Hall C,
Amber Moulton, the UUSC researcher who produced the UUSC report The Invisible Crisis: Water Unaffordability in the United States will be discussing the report in a ‘pop up’ session at the UUSC booth. Moulton will be available for questions and share where to find more information.
Exploring Regional and Interfaith Grassroots Organizing for Climate Justice:
Thursday at 1:15 p.m., CC Union Station Ballroom A, North Texas UU Congregations.
Come for stories and discussion of regional, interfaith, multicultural climate justice organizing that strengthens roots and relationships for localized transformation and liberation.
Sustainable Development and Interfaith Action Against Climate Change:
Thursday at 3 p.m., CC Hall F, UU United Nations Office.
Learn about UU delegates’ multi-faith and multinational dialogue at COP21, the United Nations climate conference where the Paris Agreement was adopted, and how we can engage in interfaith climate action in our communities.
Proposed Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAI) for 2016-2020:
Thursday at 3 p.m., CC C220-222, Commission on Social Witness.
Hear advocates for four proposed CSAIs present their issues and respond to questions. Voting for the next CSAI will take place in the General Session II, Friday 8:30am – Noon.
Faith Communities Can Work Together To Reverse Climate Change:
Friday at 3 p.m., CC Battelle South, UUs for a Just Economic Community; First UU Church of Columbus, OH.
Faith community leaders will discuss climate change, and practical actions to address the failure of democracy to mitigate its, due to unchallenged corporate power and money.
MORALtorium: The Faith Community and Hydrofracking:
Friday 4:45 p.m., CC Battelle Grand B, UU Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network
The moral implications of fracking, including our health, safety and climate change will be discussed. Also, strategies will be presented that have resulted in moratoriums that have been successful. Excerpts from the documentary Groundswell Rising will be featured.
Shared Liberation: Movement Building That Honors Front-Line Communities:
Saturday at 3 p.m., CC Union Station Ballroom A, Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal
Through a race, power, and climate justice lens, learn how UUs can stand on the side of love holistically, authentically, and with integrity.