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Connecting Care: Building a Network

“The protocol is not very complicated; it's just a matter of making sure the doors are wide open for people to come into our air-conditioned environment, and making sure water is available at all times.” — Matthew Pearce, the CEO of Old Brewery Mission
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/matthew-pearce-heat-wave-homeless-1.4732065

The Lighthouse Project in Hamilton has been building a network of residents and community stakeholders in the interest of preparing neighbours for the impacts of increasing extreme weather events. This network is newly named as Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW) Hamilton.

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Welcoming our Central Saskatchewan Chapter

Growing from an effort to broaden and deepen the work of Churches for Environmental Action, Central Saskatchewan's new interfaith group to promote inspired sustainable living, Communities Inspired for Environmental Action, invites you to join us!

To plan our launch event (for November 29th) and shape our vision, we will be meeting in the front welcome area at St. Francis Church on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 from 7-9pm. St. Francis is located at 222 Willow Street in Saskatoon.

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FCG seeking Deputy Executive Director

Faith & the Common Good is currently seeking a dynamic Deputy Executive Director to guide, build, and help tell the story of the organization’s raison d’etre and diverse array of programs. The successful candidate will demonstrate skills at developing, funding, evaluating, and executing programs, managing administrative operations, fostering strong community and cross sectoral partnerships, and realizing the organization’s vision and strategic goals. The position will be considered as the next-in-line for the role of Executive Director.

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Water & Spirit: Allyship in Action on the Grand River

MaryAnne and Melissa

On June 24th, Divest Waterloo and Parkminster United Church partnered on Water and Spirit: Allyship in Action — a lunch and Indigenous Allyship gathering designed for people who are wondering about how to go beyond land acknowledgements, curious about terms, or wanting to discover positive best practices for working with Indigenous peoples. Melissa Ireland (pictured on the right above, bio below), Manager of Indigenous Student Services at Laurier University, facilitated this participatory gathering employing a circle approach to help participants self-discover where they sit in their Indigenous Allyship journey.

Following this, Mary Anne Caibaiosai (pictured on the left above, bio below) shared her stories and prayers for the water and plans for the All Nations Grand River Water Walk that will be held from September 15th through the 29th. The workshop and lunch were free, with donations to support the Water Walk gratefully accepted.

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Oakville Community Foundation Supports Pilot To Enhance Local Resilience to Extreme Weather

Faith & the Common Good, Halton Environmental Network, Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel, and an array of partners will be working together over the next year, thanks to funding received from the Oakville Community Foundation (OCF), to pilot an Oakville neighbourhood extreme weather resilience hub model using places of worship and other neighbourhood organizations as neighbourhood engagement and care anchors.  The goal is to create an Oakville resiliency hub network that engages diverse community stakeholders to increase community capacity and understanding around how we can work to support each other.  The Project plan is to pilot “neighbourhood hubs” in 3 geographic hubs based in the community of Oakville.

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One Burlington Festival 2018

GSS Halton Peel boothCongratulations to our Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel chapter (with a special shout-out to Laura Irvine) who helped organize this year’s One Burlington Festival using the Green Rule as an organizing theme.

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Season of Creation

hummingbirdThe ecumenical Season of Creation runs from September 1st to October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, and invites Christians around the world to pray and care for creation. Several resource suggestions are offered below to help with planning a Season of Creation event. They can be adapted for other times as well.

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Jaffari Community Centre's Green Journey

Jaffari_20170526-min.jpgThe Jaffari Community Centre is a proud member of ClimateWise Business Network. The organization is currently participating in Faith & the Common Good’s energy benchmarking program.

The Jaffari Community Centre’s sustainability journey demonstrates how passionate people can impact the way a community acts on climate change. A few like-minded women were the forerunners of a sustainability movement that effectively shifted the way community members think and act. Their “Eco team”, which started five years ago with a grass roots approach to reducing waste is now a fully integrated eight-member Eco Board, working to improve the Centre’s overall sustainability method.

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