GreenFaith in the Spring, Part 3

For all that is our life" by Rev. Andrew

(Read Part 1 and Part 2.)

After a starting our day outdoors with Surya Namaskār (Salute to the Sun) led by our Hindu Fellows, we continued working on our leadership projects, refining them in small groups so that we can present them clearly and concisely. Many of our projects parallel one another in some way, which isn’t too surprising given that we share in GreenFaith’s larger purpose of working through and across religion to respond to the climate crisis. That was even more pronounced in my small group, with one Fellow developing a process for congregations to evaluate and improve their facilities and another developing a web site as a hub for green building resources and information. My GreenFaith cohort is a great resource for my own project of a Zoom-based green living and congregational sustainability workshop!

One of the buildings at Stony Point Center that now has a metal roof. As well as improving energy efficiency, the ridges of the metal seams will allow solar panels to be mounted without having to make holes in the roof.

This afternoon we broke into pairs for an envisioning exercise. Specifically, we imagined that we were writing a magazine article in the year 2030 regarding some significant difference that GreenFaith has made in response to the climate crisis. Another Fellow and I imagined an article entitled “Last Coal-Fired Power Plant in the World Decommissioned”, building on the successful divestment of all North American religious organizations from fossil fuels and the and the development of GreenFaith India to put pressure on governments and industries world-wide. Since this would be a magazine article, it would include such pictures as a shuttered coal plant, a field of solar panels and the Koch brothers crying.

This evening was focused on GreenFaith’s growing international work. We had heard from an organizer with a partner interfaith organization in Brazil, which is facing new challenges following recent elections, and now had a presentation by a partner from Indonesia, a Muslim-majority country where there as been some success with edicts against the hunting of endangered species and the destruction of natural habitats, as well as a Zoom call from a gathering in Chile where one of this year’s Fellows lives. A Quaker, a member of a Unity Church and I closed the day’s program with an embodied meditation on interdependence, using a Unitarian Universalist youth activity using a ball of thread to build a web that connected us all together.

(Read Part 4 here.)

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