Be The Spark Workshop Series

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light is excited to announce our Fall 2013 Be The Spark Workshop Series!  For members of faith communities interested in deeply engaging their congregations on climate change issues, and for those offering programming, support and leadership in the larger interfaith community, we are offering four engaging evenings of learning together.  These experiential and dynamic sessions will give participants a broad and adaptive palette from which to draw as leaders in the growing interfaith climate movement.  Each 3-hour session will have a different focus yet the complete course will rely on a supportive and collaborative learning community that grows together.  Sessions will be held Sunday afternoons from 4-7 on October 20, November 3 and 24, and December 8. 

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When: Sessions will be held Sunday afternoons from 4-7 pm on October 20, November 3 & 24, and December 8.

Where: St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1895 Laurel Ave., St. Paul MN

Who: You!  And others you think would benefit from this program. 

Cost: To help us cover our costs, there is a suggested donation of $200 for the series.  But this is absolutely a "pay what you can" opportunity.

Facilitators: Julia Nerbonne Ph.D is the Executive Director of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MNIPL) and teaches Environmental Ethics and Sustainability Studies at the University of Minnesota.  She has been organizing volunteer leaders to be powerful change makers for over a decade.  Erin Pratt, LPC, is the Program Coordinator at MNIPL.  She is also a facilitator and trainer for MN350, a Minnesota based climate justice organization.  When not at MNIPL Erin does individual and group nature based therapy and is a youth group leader at St. Luke Presbyterian church.   Individual sessions will also feature some training from various leaders in the community. 

Questions: contact Erin Pratt at (612) 716-3336.

Overview of Sessions:

1. Climate conversations: In this session we will explore story, pivotal questions and active listening to engage in constructive and connecting conversations.  Modeled off the brilliance of the "Vote No" campaign this will give participants tools for effectively engaging family members, friends and strangers.  Participation will give you the opportunity to engage in a pilot “climate conversations” campaign MNIPL will be launching this fall.

2. Climate conveners: Whether you plan to host a movie discussion, facilitate a committee meeting at your church, offer a workshop or teach Sunday School, this session will help you plan a dynamic, participatory and experiential learning experience.  We learn best by seeing, saying and most importantly by doing.  Particularly in the overwhelming area of climate change, getting participants moving, thinking, talking and creating is essential in empowering people to move forward.

3. Strategic thinking and organizing in congregations: Featuring some of the most effective organizing tools and strategic thinking from 350.org this session will help participants plan their approach to working in community to raise awareness and take action on climate change.  We will offer a 3-part framework for faith communities as they design action plans for engaging their community. 

4. Understanding and working with the complex psychology of facing climate change: Pulling from the work of Joanna Macy (Active Hope, The Work that Reconnects), Rasmussen (Earth-Honoring Faith) and Mary Pipher (The Green Boat) we will explore the mix of emotions, thoughts and responses we have in the ongoing process of responding to climate change. We will learn how we can create a space for each other and the people we engage that can help us share and process and move forward as the voice and body the world needs, and that as people of faith we are called to be.