Faithful Responses to Climate Change

Today, a majority of Americans believe that the status quo is no longer possible if we are to avert the most devastating consequences of climate change. But how many of us are willing to consider the seemingly impossible – that our changing climate is a result of our fossil-fuel driven, growth-oriented consumer economy? Or, that the changes the climate crisis demands of us today actually may provide the opportunity to to rebuild our broken political and economic systems into alternatives that improve our quality of life; well-being; and connectedness to one another?

Join us for a six week study of Naomi Klein’s newest book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”:

Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
2/25; 3-4; 3-11; 3-18; 3-25; and 4-1
Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ
615 West Wellington Avenue, Chicago (Lakeview neighborhood)

This interactive series has been designed to test our beliefs about a changing climate and provoke us into actions that can avert the worst impacts of a changing climate by addressing its root causes – our current political and socioeconomic systems, which have stood largely unchallenged for decades.  Each evening begins at 6pm with a light meal and fellowship, before moving into discussion.  We’ll learn and sing together “Do It Now.  Sing for the Climate”; watch short videos that help us understand each week’s topic; participate in the art project “Rolling Away the Stone”; and come away with concrete ideas and actions for systems change that can contribute towards building a more just world.

Session 1 – February 25:
Welcome, introduction to the book and overview of the series.  Come prepared to answer these questions:  “Why are you here?” “What do you want to get out of this study series?” Led by Pastors Dan Dale and Alli Baker.

Session 2 – March 4:
Part One:  “Bad Timing” (Chapters 1-4 ) and “Confronting the Climate Denier Within” (Chapter 5). Led by Pastors Alli Baker and Dan Dale.

Session 3 – March 11:
Part Two: “Magical Thinking” (Chapters 6, 7 and 8). Led by Yuki Schwartz Minister of Theological Formation, and Pastor Alli Baker

Session 4 – March 18:
“Listen to Voices from the Front Lines” The evening will include a panel of representatives from communities on the front lines of the struggle for environmental justice, and selected videos highlighting their work. Prexy Nesbitt, African activist and educator, renowned for his work in the anti-apartheid movement, will moderate the panel. Organized by Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative, and Dan Dale, Senior Pastor, WAUCC.

Session 5 – March 25:
Part Three:  “Starting Anyway”. Led by Clinton Stockwell, former Executive Director, Chicago Semester, and Dan Dale, Senior Pastor, WAUCC.

Session 6 – April 1:
COLLECTIVE ACTION – Building the social movements that are getting in the way and building the alternative future. Led by Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative, and Dan Dale, Senior Pastor, WAUCC.

For more information, contact Pam or Lan at 773.556.3417 / 3418 or Kathy at 773.935.0642

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