The Hidden Costs of a Mainstream Lifestyle And … You Thought it was Inexpensive Economic justice begins at home and is reflected in many of our personal decisions and public policies. In this workshop we take a look at an example of one of our most fundamental needs and the hidden costs to society that we won’t see listed in our monthly bills. Coal continues to generate a significant amount of the electricity used by Illinois residents. In our modern world of electric cars, convenience appliances and instant communication, clean, reliable and inexpensive electricity is our everyday lifeline to a high functioning society. Yet, this longstanding source of cheap energy has a dark side that is emblematic of the difficult choices ahead for energy consumers who are of faith and conscience.
Through a multi-media presentation and audience participation, this fast-paced workshop will engage attendees in the process of identifying the externalized and surprising costs of a convenient lifestyle. Participants will learn of the far reaching economic connections that our everyday decisions can have on social and eco-justice, understand their own role in the impact chain, and be able to ask key questions that will help them become advocates for more just public policies.
About SCUPE’s 2014 Urban Ministry Congress
The 2014 SCUPE Urban Ministry Congress will be an exciting conference with top notch speakers, artists, and workshops all focused on one of the most important topics of our time: Economic Justice. This conference which crosses multiple disciplines places SCUPE along with Interfaith Worker Justice at the center of the global economic justice conversation and continues to demonstrate our leadership in the field of Urban Ministry and Social Justice.
We are planning by our leadership and the over design of the Congress to model partnership, cooperation, and innovative approaches to contemporary urban challenges facing our cities here at home and abroad. It is our goal to empower leaders by giving them the theological grounding for action, training them in the tools of organizing, and inspiring them to think systemically about the economic justice issues in their communities and networks.
This year’s conference will take place at:
DePaul University, Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Chicago, IL 60614
June 23, at 7 pm, through June 26, at noon
(note The overlapping IWJ and SCUPE conferences will take place at DePaul from Monday evening, June 23rdthrough Tuesday afternoon, June 24th.)