Sunday, September 21, 2014

 Sign up to join other people of faith at the People’s Climate March in Portland

Just announced, new details below!!!

Pre-gathering, 2:00pm meet at St. James Lutheran Church: 1315 SW Park Ave, Portland(on the SW corner of Jefferson) The Wilderness Way Community, on behalf of the entire EcoFaith Recovery network, will be singing, drumming and teaching songs to prepare and inspire us for the march.  This will be the place for congregations to gather so we can participate in this action together!

March & Rally 3:00 p.m. – Rally and march begins at Portland Waterfront Park’s South Bowl, Portland, Oregon

Immediately following the March meet at St. James: 1315 SW Park Ave, Portland(on the SW corner of Jefferson). Directions and details here. We will gather to join in our collective practice of reflection and evaluation of the event!

Click here for everything you need to know regarding “Details for the Day!”

Resources to use for worship, education and bulletin inserts in your congregation on Sept 21

PDX_PCMWhat is the People’s Climate March? 

On September 21st, in New York City, there will be an unprecedented climate mobilization in size, beauty, and impact. As heads of state convene in New York City for a historic UN summit on climate change, with our future on the line, we will take a weekend and use it to bend the course of history.Our demand is a world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet. In short, a world safe from the ravages of climate change.

This moment will not be just about New York or the United States. Heads of state from around the world will be there, as will the attention of global media. We want this moment to be about us the people who are standing up in our communities, to organize, to build power, and to shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world. To do that, we need to act together.

What is the People’s Climate March in Portland?

 A march and rally of thousands of Oregonians in solidarity with the main rally that will take place in New York City that same day.

How can my congregation get involved?

EcoFaith Recovery invites you to organize a group from your congregation to participate in the People’s Climate March in Portland (PCM in PDX) on Sunday, September 21st, 3:00 p.m. Pre- and Post- gatherings will be announced later so all who desire can participate in singing and spiritual grounding before the march and debrief our participation afterwards. Please save the date, and start publicizing, organizing, and mobilizing your congregational team! As details become available, you will find them on this webpage.

TIMELINE: Ways to get involved

Right Now – Share these resources

* Incorporate prayers of blessing for Marchers and U.N. Summit into your Sept. 21st worship service (and email us whatever you create so we can add it to the resources page for others to use)

* Extend personal invitations to Sept. 21 to organize your team.

*Have your Communities of Faith Endorse the March
If you are affiliated with one (or more) organizations, groups, businesses, community leader, associations or institutions – have them endorse the march by filling out this form by 9/10.

*Social Media
Join the main event page on Facebook and share widely with your networks.

Also join the EcoFaith Recovery event page for people off faith subset group.

* Consider hosting a screening of the 60 minute film Disruption on Sept. 7th or thereafter and inviting EcoFaith Recovery to co-sponsor and advertise it with you to help build momentum and engage people in conversation in advance of the September 21st rally and march. Click here to watch the film Disruption with an Oregon faith community that will screening it.

* Donations may yet be needed to fund the rally and march itself. To contribute to PDX to help with permitting and advertising costs for the march, visit this link. To contribute to EcoFaith Recovery’s efforts to mobilize the people of faith, visit this link.

*In the spirit of 1 Corinthians 12 that there is but one body with many members who have many gifts, decide with your team if there is any particular gift that your community of faith might like to offer to/at the march (i.e. music, water, fruit, costume, shoulder massages, etc.) Decide how your congregation will dress in order to identify yourselves and one another as people of faith. Congregational T-Shirts, Same colored T-Shirts, Church Banners, Hand-made signs are all viable options!

Sunday, Sept 21st – People’s Climate March & Rally in Portland

* Morning:  Participate in worship. Have worked with worship planners in advance so that the team of marchers can receive a prayer or blessing or commissioning from your community of faith during worship.

*Then: Consider sharing lunch with your team before or after you travel by public transportation (or carpool if necessary) to Portland Waterfront Park’s South Bowl.

* 2:00 p.m. The Wilderness Way Community, on behalf of the entire EcoFaith Recovery network, will be singing, drumming and teaching songs to prepare and inspire us for the march at St. James Lutheran Church, 1315 SW Park Ave, Portland. This will be the place for congregations to gather so we can participate in this action together!

In the heart of downtown on the Park Blocks, it’s easy to get to St. James via transit:
Max Red or Blue lines: Eastbound get off at Library, SW 9th & Yamhill, walk four blocks south on SW 9th/Park.Westbound get off at Library, SW 9th and Morrison, walk five blocks south on SW 9th/Park.

Max Yellow or Green lines:  Get off at SW 6th and Madison. Walk south to Jefferson and then walk  three blocks west.

Bus lines that run on Jefferson are:6 (Martin Luther King)45 (Garden Home)55 (Hamilton)58 (Canyon Rd)68 (Marquam Hill)

The Streetcar from NW Portland: Get off at SW 11th and Jefferson, walk two blocks east to St. James.
For more details and schedules check

* 3:00 p.m.Participate with your congregation in the Rally and March and offer your faith community’s unique gift while you are there.

*Following the march, join other EcoFaith Leaders and Congregational Teams in a Grounding for Action Reflection and Debriefing back at St. James.

Saturday, Oct. 11th – Leaders Retreat

Attend the All-EcoFaith Recovery Retreat at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Beaverton to more deeply ground ourselves in EcoFaith’s Practices for Awakening Leadership and help chart the course for how our congregational teams can most effectively prepare to take further public action for the recovery of human life and healing of God’s creation.

The retreat is an incredible opportunity to put our faith into action and engage our people in working together more creatively and intentionally.

Supporting New York and the Movement: If you were considering going to New York and have decided to participate in Portland instead, the Beyond Fossil Fuels Organizing Team of EcoFaith Recovery invites you to consider taking action in the following ways:

1) If you know ANYONE on the east coast, do whatever you can to get THEM to go to the march in New York City. This movement requires not just thousands, but hundreds of thousands of people in New York City to really make a difference!

2) The Beyond Fossil Fuels Organizing Team encourage us all to consider donating  the cost of your trip to EcoFaith Recovery (or any of the many organizations working in this area) to build the faith-based movement for a more sustainable way of life here in the Pacific Northwest.

Finally…. We believe that attending this march together will be highly energizing and motivating for your congregational team. For your team to be best equipped to take action for the recovery of human life and healing of God’s creation, there is no better place than our Organizing in the Biocommons course.

Many of our leaders are viewing the September 21st Rally/March and the Organizing in the Biocommons course as two outstanding ways to build a team of people who can act together from within your own community of faith. Register for Organizing in the Biocommons by September 15.

Additional Questions: Contact Better yet, join us on September 11th for Grounding for Action, and have your questions answered in person!

For those of you who still want more: If you would like to help participate in the grass roots coalition of many individuals and organizations who are coming together to organize this march, feel free to sign up for a workgroup or switch your workgroup at this link. To join the Listserve through which this event is being organized, sign up here.

Resources to use for worship, education and bulletin inserts in your congregation on Sept 21

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