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  • Virtual program on Climate Change & Faith to Save the Earth offered free through Chautauqua Institution

    Dear Friends,


    On behalf of Environmental Justice here at FCC and the Environmental Ministry team of the Southern New England Conference, UCC, we are pleased to announce that the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York, is featuring two prominent speakers well known to our conference.


    Our own Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas and Rev. Jim  Antal will be featured speakers this coming week at the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York.  Chautauqua (NY) is an amazing place and an amazing experience as anyone who has been there can attest.  This year, as a result of the COVID virus, programming which would normally be at the site in Chautauqua, NY is being done digitally.   And we all have the ability to enjoy it for free!  See below.


    The 2020 Chautauqua Summer Assembly will be held in a greatly expanded presence online.  The summer session is FREE, but you need to sign up.  


    If you have never heard of Chautauqua Institution, be sure to check it out! Due to COVID-19, Chautauqua is offering a new, online summer program, CHQ Assembly — eight weeks of incredible programming that is all (at least mostly all) FREE!


    Week One (June 27-July 4)
    “Climate Change: Prioritizing Our Global and Local Response” and “Faith to Save the Earth” features two UCC-affiliated clergy: the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas will preach about the climate crisis on Sunday, June 28, and every morning that week. The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal (author of Climate Church, Climate World) will give a lecture at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2.


    Climate change is often called a scientific or political issue, but is there an imperative that comes from a position of faith? In this week, we explore what role various faith traditions play in response to the care of the earth and how those different world views might be harnessed to prioritize our global and local response.


    Lecturers this week include, among others, Christine Todd Whitman (former head of the EPA), Janis Searles Jones (Ocean Conservancy), Katharine Wilkinson (Project Drawdown), Beth Roach (Alliance of Native Seedkeepers), Christiana Figueres (Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 2010-2016), and Dahr Jamail (author of The End of Ice).

    For complete information, visit the Chautauqua Assembly Website here

    This week’s events — and ALL Chautauqua events this summer — are FREE. To view them, you need a subscription to CHQ Assembly All-Access Video Pass. To sign up for the free 90-day trial (if you decide to continue, you pay $45/year), visit here.


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