2021 Interfaith Summit on Vulnerability and Climate Change, Online, April 11, 2 - 4pm

  • 11 April 2021 To 11 March 2021
  • Start time : 02:00 PM
  • End time : 04:00 PM
  • Event Host : Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) 
3rd Annual Interfaith Summit on Vulnerability and Climate Change
Event Description

In the wake of the National Climate Assessment and UN report in 2018 on the projected serious consequences of unchecked climate change, interfaith leaders from the greater Boston area will come together with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) to host the third annual interfaith summit on vulnerability and climate change on the afternoon of April 11th, 2021 from 2pm-4pm on zoom. 

This now abbreviated digital summit will focus on the role of faith communities in helping their community members build resilience, whether from future climate impacts such as floods, extreme heat, and severe storms, or more immediate concerns like a pandemic. We will shall share knowledge on the types of changes we are already seeing and can expect to see in the Northeast, discuss practical ways congregations can prepare themselves and their surrounding community, and discern together how our spiritual practices could help sustain not only our efforts, but also our souls, hearts, and minds, as we engage in this most critical mission.

There will be an optional hour of networking from 4pm-5pm on the same zoom line that participants are encouraged but not mandated to attend.


Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) 

CREW is a network of local leaders building grassroots climate resilience through inclusive & hands-on education, service, and planning.

Together, we are working to equip families & communities with the resources and capacity to prepare for and respond to local climate changes equitablysustainably, & collaboratively.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) 
  • Agenda
    • 2:00pm-2:05pm Welcome, Rev. Vernon K. Walker, Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW)

      2:05pm-2:20pm Land acknowledgement, Jean-Luc Pierite, North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB)

      2:15pm-2:25pm Defining this year theme, Dr. Tallessyn Zawn Grenfell-Lee

      2:25pm-2:45pm Keynote Address, Rev. Jim Antal

      Breakout groups

      2:45pm-3:30pm Breakouts to Discussion of Cultural/Spiritual Approaches to

      Healing Facilitators

      Rabbi Katy Allen, Executive Director of Jewish Climate Action Network

      Shua Khan Arshad, Founder & President of LUWS Academy LCC

      Helping Facilitator

      Rev. Dr. Rodney Peterson, Executive Director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries

      Building Resilience Facilitator

      Rev. Annie Gonzalez Milliken, Minister of Faith Development at First Parish in Bedford

      3:30pm-3:40pm Breakout Group Report Backs and Reflections

      3:40pm-3:50pm- Next Steps and Resources - Craig Altemose, Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW)

      3:50pm-4:00pm Closing Prayer, Rev. Dr. Robert Massie
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Keynote:

      Rev. Jim Antal is a denominational leader, climate activist, author and public theologian. Hundreds of churches are reading his 2018 book, CLIMATE CHURCH, CLIMATE WORLD. Jim is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Divinity School. He has preached on climate change since 1988 in over 300 settings and has engaged in non-violent civil disobedience on numerous occasions. In 2018 he retired as the leader of the 350 UCC churches in Massachusetts. He currently serves as Special Advisor on Climate Justice to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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