Monthly All-EcoFaith National Zoom Gathering

Beginning in the summer of 2019, EcoFaith Recovery is offering  Zoom webcam meetings grounded in The Practices for Awakening Leadership.

This gathering will help you learn how to engage The Practices and connect with others across the country to share what we are learning with one another, inspire one another to more creative and strategic action, and mentor one another in our leadership development as we seek to organize our communities. 


Thur, November 14th

5:00pm – 6:30pm PST

(6:00 p.m. MST
7:00 p.m. CST
8:00 p.m. EST)

Community Carbon: Join the Movement with Pastor/Organizer Robyn Hartwig and the St. Andrew Community Carbon Team

Join us from the comfort of your own living room or office as leaders from St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Beaverton share their experience as EcoFaith’s Recovery’s first Community Carbon pilot community and help inspire other communities to get involved. This year EcoFaith seeks to engage 3 – 5 Community Carbon pilot communities and 25 congregations in developing “Carbon Gardens.

We welcome you to gather online with us via Zoom webcam meeting to learn first-hand what it is like to be part of a Community Carbon pilot community from congregational members who are excited to share their experience with others. St. Andrew Soil team co-chair, Carol Harker, will talk about what the congregation is learning about how to sequester carbon in suburban yards. Minister of Music, Allison Katsufrakis, will talk about how the initiative is weaving into the congregation’s worship and ritual life. MACG Organizing co-chair, Pat Christiansen, will talk about the Listening Season the congregation plans to launch to hear stories about their members’ relationship to soil and the land. Pastor Robyn Hartwig will talk about the energy and enthusiasm she has observed in a time of climate despair and the possibilities this initiative holds for greater justice among those who work the land.

If you are interested in getting engaged with Community Carbon yourself and engaging your particular community in the powerful relationship between humans, soil and climate, please join us!

If you have questions, please email


October 24th
SOIL 101 with Practicum Intern Ariel Aaronson-Eves

Practicum Intern Ariel will be offering a brief overview of soil science and the potential of well-managed soil to sequester carbon. Ariel brings a Unitarian Universalist theological perspective that emphasizes the values of community, cooperation, and the inherent worth and dignity of everything. The word humus, that rich organic matter that gives fertility to soil, comes from the same root as the words human and humility. How might nurturing the soil contribute to the flourishing of our communities?

Thursday, September 26th

Practice #4: Mentor One Another

Nathan Holst will be our guest leader sharing stories about how he showed up in relationship with a City Councilor in Duluth and was instrumental in changing that Councilor’s vote on a pivotal issue. You too can mentor key leaders in your community and see that change that can happen through these relationships.

Thursday, July 25th

The Importance of Telling Our Climate Justice Stories (Practice #3)

We will be focusing on Practice #3: Discover Our Stories. Sarah Holst will be leading us in reflection and practice of telling our climate justice stories in order to more fully understand ourselves and our role in this movement, and to move people to join us in this work.

Sunday, June 23rd

The Art of One-to-One Conversations for Effective Organizing (Practice #2)

Many of us have heard or even believe that one-to-one relational conversations are important to our work of organizing with our communities so that we can be part of the change we want to see in the world. But why, exactly, is this work so important? How does this intentional, spiritual work of developing relationships grow our power for organizing? How does such an intentional practice of developing relationships change us, change others, change our communities, and change the world?

This online gathering (Zoom technology) will engage us in these larger questions of developing relationships, enable us to review characteristics of powerful one-to-one relational conversations, demonstrate a model one-to-one conversation during the gathering, and give everybody the opportunity to practice a short one-to-one conversation and reflect upon the experience afterwards. Together we will cultivate the art of one-to-one conversations for effective organizing capable of accomplishes lasting change

Friday, May 31st

Meetings that Fill our Cups rather than Emptying Them: What a difference the EcoFaith Practices make!

This month, we will be joined by EcoFaith Leader and Coach Rev. Solveig Nilsen-Goodin. Solveig was a founding member of the EcoFaith Recovery Core Team in 2009, Solveig is a spiritual director, activist, organizer, teacher and EcoFaith Recovery leadership coach. She is also a certified ELCA coach. Solveig will lead us in an interactive teaching on utilizing the practices to facilitate meetings. We will dive into the power of The Practices for Awakening Leadership on a very practical level within your community.

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