EcoFaith Recovery, the Wilderness Way Community and Leaven

offer round SEVEN of Organizing in the Biocommons ~Fall 2014

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IMPORTANT UPDATE:  The Organizing in the Biocommons class will ONLY be offered on Monday evenings this fall.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the teaching team is unable to offer the Friday track at this time.

If you were intending to register for the Friday class and cannot take the Monday class, please join our email list stay up to date the next time the course is offered.

For clergy and lay leaders of spiritual communities, congregations and networks who are asking…

What is the nature of the clear, immediate and immense ecological crisis in our region and the biosphere?

What are the impacts of this crisis on our families, congregations and communities?
What are the sources of this crisis?
What are the sources of spiritual wisdom and power we can draw on to creatively and powerfully engage this crisis, and create new possibilities within it?

 

Why are we offering this course?

We are in the early stages of an unprecedented YES-NO-YES in our region.

The First and Great YES is the power of sacred life manifest in the biosphere and all creation.  This great YES is profoundly threatened by a devastating NO.

This NO is the assault on our climate and species systems from the concentrated force of oil, natural gas, coal, rail and pipe-line firms, backed by their investors and lenders.

This assault is expressed in three ways:

Earth Crisis. Our climate system is disrupted and the Sixth Great Species Extermination is underway.
Economic Crisis. We suffer vast inequalities of wealth, income and power; unemployment, underemployment and mis-employment, all driven by the unsustainable idea of unlimited growth.
Polis Crisis (our Democracy). As our classic mediating institutions implode and become irrelevant to public life, we are increasingly ruled by Kleptocracy (corporations control our governments) and Petrocracy (key among those corporations are those in the fossil fuel sector).

This profound threat is giving rise to the Second Great YES: The Great Opportunity – Our Great Work – to re-create and co-create a generation of Organized Mediating Communities, which become deeply literate about this YES-NO-YES, in order to imagine and help create an economy and culture of Creationjustice.

Primary Questions Shaping the Content of the Course 

  • What are the systems of ecology-climate, economy-finance, captive government, and religion-spirituality that underlie the Yes-No-Yes of our current regional/global situation?
  • How do our congregations/communities move beyond symptoms and denial, into root causes and system assumptions driving our situation?
  • How do congregations shift from maintenance-focused, non-mediating institutions to mission-focused, Organized Mediating Communities?
  • How do we shift, in our emotions and spirits, from the current dominant world-view, which is obsolete and destructive, to the emerging world-view, which is life-giving and hope-full?
  • How do we deepen the capacity of our spiritual communities/networks/congregations so that our people can creatively engage both the Threat and the Great Work of this time and our place?

Schedule of sessions: 

Track 1: 10 MONDAYS, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
September 15  – November 17
Location: Leaven Sun Room (5431 NE 20th Avenue)
IMPORTANT UPDATE:  The Organizing in the Biocommons class will ONLY be offered on Monday evenings this fall.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the teaching team is unable to offer the Friday track at this time.
If you were intending to register for the Friday class and cannot take the Monday class, please join our email list stay up to date the next time the course is offered.

For each class:

•     Read the required readings for each session, which will be posted at test.ecofaithrecovery.org at least two weeks prior to each class.

•     Come ready and open to develop relationships, share stories, and learn from one another.

Registration and Fees: 

For planning purposes, we ask that you register by Sunday, AUGUST 31, 2014.

Please register as an individual and fill in the name of your team in the RSVP form

Cost:  $50 for participants who come with a team of 5 or more from their congregation/community/network.

$75 for participants coming as an individual, or in teams of 2 – 4.

Please pay for teams by congregation/community/network on the first day of your course.

Questions?

Questions about registration email Office@ecofaithrecovery.org

Contact Rev. Robyn Hartwig if you have childcare needs or questions: PastorRobyn@ecofaithrecovery.org (503) 646-0629 x211

All other questions may be directed to the primary facilitators of the sessions:

Dick Harmon (dickwisingup@hevanet.com)

Rev. Solveig Nilsen-Goodin (solveigng@gmail.com)

Learn More:

Readings for the Winter 2014 class are here.

Contact us if you are interested in learning more!

Click Here to Read the Testimonies of EcoFaith Recovery Participants

Click here to check out the readings that were assigned in the 2012-2013 version of the course.

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