[pccgrads] Reminder: Phillips on "Religious Frames for Climate Change"-TODAY 2/24 at 3:40

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Tue Feb 24 06:21:04 PST 2015

TODAY!! Week 8 (Feb. 24) (originally scheduled for Jan 20th)

Guest: Rev. Jenny Phillips

Title: "Religious Frames for Climate Change"

Room: OSB 425


Abstract: Convincing people of faith to speak out about climate change can
be challenging. Some people struggle with a fixation on personal piety that
makes them feel that their lives must be perfectly "green" before they can
speak out against systemic environmental injustice. Others fear that without
a science background, they won't be taken seriously. But many faith
communities have common language and narratives that provide helpful
frameworks for encouraging faith communities to engage with climate change.
Concepts of grief, narratives of leadership amid uncertainty, and stories of
transformation and justice are important resources for climate communicators
with faith communities. These frameworks can help people of faith connect
climate change to other core concerns of faith communities like hunger and
poverty, and can ultimately move them toward engagement and activism.

Bio: Rev. Jenny Phillips is Minister for Environmental Stewardship and
Advocacy for the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist
Church, and Coordinator of Fossil Free UMC, the movement calling The United
Methodist Church to divest from fossil fuels. She has worked in
environmental and financial stewardship ministries for over a decade and has
consulted with and written resources and curriculum for the National Council
of Churches, GreenFaith, Earth Ministry, and others. Jenny was among the
first group of faith leaders to be trained by Vice President Al Gore to give
his slide presentation based on the presentation in the film, "An
Inconvenient Truth." She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the
University of Washington in Seattle, and a Master of Divinity from Union
Theological Seminary in New York.

Next Week:

(March 3) Guest: Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impacts Group and
Assistant Dean for Applied Research in the University of Washington's
College of the Environment

Title: "To what end? Communicating climate change to build climate

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