Climate Stewardship Summit II
Sunday, October 12, 2014
4:00pm – 9:30pm
Congregation Beth Israel
West Hartford, Connecticut
Monday, October 13, 2014
7:30am – 5:30pm
University of St. Joseph, Hoffman Auditorium
West Hartford, Connecticut
Invitation & Background
You are warmly invited to join us for the second interfaith Climate Stewardship Summit on October 12 – 13, 2014 in West Hartford, Connecticut
Last year, on November 7, 2013, the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (IREJN) hosted its first Climate Stewardship Summit at Asylum Hills Congregational Church in Hartford, CT. Attended by over 200 people from Connecticut and New England states, the Summit conference was a call to action, an opportunity to learn, and a chance to network with other faith-based climate activists.
The second Climate Stewardship Summit’s mission is to create awareness across the entire New England and surrounding East Coast region about the interfaith religious communities’ common spiritual beliefs and moral responsibility to respond to climate change and empower them to communicate effectively and act decisively at the local, regional and national level.
- The first goal of the second Climate Stewardship Summit is train attendees in the art of faith-based storytelling, so that all participants will be able to speak about climate change in a way that is informative, effective, and compelling.
- The second goal is to inform attendees about and provide access to direct actions and advocacy options to address climate change.
The Message of Climate Change: Is It Reaching People?
Although the scientific consensus on climate change is indisputable, climate justice advocates — like other policy advocates and climate scientists themselves — face significant challenges in moving the public to take decisive action. While many climate advocates know a tremendous amount of knowledge about climate change and care about it passionately, they often lack the skills to effectively communicate their concerns to people who don’t care or are simply apathetic. If climate justice advocates are to intervene in the moral crisis of climate change, they must change the way they interact and connect with others on this critical issue.
As its ethical and spiritual implications become more obvious, climate change increasingly is taking its place as a central concern of communities of faith. The interfaith community’s role as moral leaders gives us a real opportunity — and obligation — to move the call for climate justice forward in a powerful way.
Notable speakers, diverse panels, and breakout sessions will address climate change from a variety of viewpoints. This summit will provide attendees the opportunity to learn how to tell their personal stories about climate change in a way that is engaging, while also providing them with the latest evidence on climate change and its environmental and societal impacts. All participants will participate in a workshop on faith-based storytelling and then have an opportunity to learn about specific topics related to climate change, such as public health, direct action, fossil fuel divestment, and the theology of environmental stewardship.
Please Join Us…
In an age of growing cynicism about the role of religion in our society, the credibility of our faith communities as moral agents may increasingly rest on our collective response to the unfolding climate crisis. Please join us for two days of exploration, growth, and stewardship.
The Climate Stewardship Summit conference is presented by the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (IREJN)