Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A Wild Weekend

Wow. That’s all I have to say when I look at the line up of faith and environment events in Seattle this weekend. There is such an amazing array of fabulous gatherings and speakers, I almost get mental gridlock when I consider all of the options.

But first, I have to ask – why do they ALL have to be on the same weekend?!? It’s like cosmic forces pointed at the calendar a year ago and said in a great booming voice, “APRIL 12 IS THE DAY!” And so it is. So buckle up and make sure you get to at least two of these events, or you’ll be the only one at the water cooler on Monday morning with no great stories to tell!

Healing Our Planet Earth: Singing a New Song of Hope
April 12, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Bellevue
Participate in a national conference focused on faith, justice, and the environment, and be there when the Genesis Covenant on global warming is launched! Earth Ministry staff are making three presentations at this conference: a noon workshop on Greening Congregations (Jessie & Kaitlin), a panel discussion on Advocacy (Jessie), and a panel discussion on Climate Change and the Genesis Covenant (LeeAnne), both at 3pm.

Seattle Green Festival
April 12 & 13, Seattle Convention Center
Discover some of the best green products and services the Northwest has to offer, and listen to amazing speakers from a wide variety of disciplines. I’ll be speaking at noon on Saturday on “Climate Change as a Moral Issue”.

Everything Must Change Tour
April 11 & 12, First Free Methodist Church, Seattle
Brian McLaren (author of “Everything Must Change”) keynotes this conference. Learn what shifts in our faith and our culture need to happen for "everything to change". Deanna will be on at panel at 11am on Saturday, sharing creation care success stories of our churches.

Seeds of Compassion
April 11-15, Multiple Locations in Seattle
Anchored by the deep wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this event will nurture and empower children, families and communities to be compassionate members of society. Unfortunately, most of the events are sold out, but if you don’t have tickets, don’t despair – the workshops at Seattle Center are free and first-come, first served! Episcopal Bishop Steven Charleston is leading a workshop on “Youth and Environment” Tuesday at 5pm.

I hope to see you this weekend…say, maybe Saturday the 12th?

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