Faith & The Common Good
October, 2018
“This isn't climate change — it's everything change.”
— Margaret Atwood


Dear Friend —

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming came out recently. Top scientists say that limiting global warming to 1.5ºC so that we can retain a liveable planet, will require rapid and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.

We must work together to change our ways.

The good news is that from November 1st-7th we have a chance to join more than 10,000 committed persons of faith and conscience from around the world gathering at the 2018 Parliament of the Worlds Religion in downtown Toronto. Entitled “The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change,” the 2018 Parliament will comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, among which action on climate change is a vital theme.

More than ever our communities need us to help spiritually galvanize the radical change that our world so desperately requires. In lieu of our yearly forum, FCG is encouraging our network to take advantage of this opportunity for fellowship and learning. The range and depth of Parliament programming is incredible and, as you will read about below, we are proud to be taking part in a variety of events. I am particularly excited about the interview I’ll be doing with world-renowned and beloved Canadian poet, novelist, and environmental activist, Margaret Atwood. Together with the audience, we will be exploring the intertwined nature of climate change, conflict, and violence against women.

It’s going to be an energizing and motivating few days and I can’t wait. I hope many of you will join me.


Lucy Cummings
Executive Director, Faith & the Common Good



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Parliament of the World's Religions

Faith & the Common Good is participating in the following sessions at the Parliament:

The Chemical Valley Project
Saturday, November 3rd, 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Rm 105
Faith & the Common Good is proud to sponsor “The Chemical Valley Project: Protest. Performance. Reconciliation.” Aamjiwnaang, an Indigenous community of 800 residents, is smothered by Canada's petrochemical industry. Two sisters, Vanessa and Lindsay Gray, have dedicated themselves to fighting environmental racism and protecting their community's land and water. In The Chemical Valley Project, Broadleaf artist Kevin Matthew Wong documents and explores Canada's ongoing relationship with energy infrastructure, its colonial past and present, and indigenous solidarity and reconciliation. This one hour protest theatre performance will be followed by a long table discussion with Aamjiwnaang First Nation Water and Land Defender Lindsay Gray.

Taking action on the climate imperative: faith and community groups on the front lines
Sunday, November 4th, 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Room 701B
The great religious and spiritual leaders of our time have issued statements acknowledging the science behind climate change and affirming – in no uncertain terms – the moral imperative to confront the climate crisis. Now is the time for action. Faith communities are some of the largest demographics in the world and have a great deal of influence with their constituents and in the public sphere. Faith groups are involved in every aspect of the climate fight, including policy and advocacy, energy infrastructure, climate justice, congregational greening, and providing educational resources. Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel’s Laura Irvine will join a global panel of speakers.

Wisdom Raising Her Voices: Networking for Justice
Monday, November 5th, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Room 801B
Times are changing. Patriarchal bias is being challenged for its negative effects on women’s self-understanding, spiritual participation and global flourishing. This session will be an opportunity for participants to share: a conversation on what breaks the heart, and what gives hope regarding the issue of women’s equality in Wisdom traditions. Together, presenters and participants will reflect on individual and collective capacities, and practice creative strategizing, networking, and ritual. Featuring Faith & the Common Good Trustee Sr. Janet Speth and a powerful line up of leaders from the Catholic Network for Women’s Equality.

Women and Climate Change: A Conversation with Margaret Atwood
Monday, November 5th, 4:15 PM -5:15 PM
Rm 106
“This isn’t climate change – it’s everything change.” Margaret Atwood is renowned as a literary icon by way of her poetry, novels and environmental activism. She is the Governor General’s Booker Prize-Winning Author of over fifty books, including The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace. Participants will join Margaret Atwood and Dr. Lucy Cummings in a conversation that explores the intertwined nature of climate change, conflict, and violence against women.

Spirited Women as Agents of Change on Climate
Tuesday, November 6th, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Rm 606
Women of strong spirit from across different cultures and traditions have been taking the lead on shifting our communities toward justice, sustainability and a healthy future for the next generation. Faith & the Common Good will be moderating a panel of Indigenous, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian women on the front lines of climate action within their own traditions.  Panelists will share personal stories of how as grandmothers, mothers, daughters, and sisters, they are motivated and sustained by their faith and values to protect Mother Earth. Together with the audience, the panel will share personal experiences and learning around why women are both more vulnerable to climate impacts and critical to spearheading the societal, cultural, and value changes needed to forestall climate destabilization.

Full Schedule

Save 20% on registration fee with Promo Code: EARTH2018

Discounted prices:

7 Day Pass $395 $156
Weekend Pass $175 $89
Day Pass $89 $40

* must provide current student ID

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Other Upcoming Events

Faith & the Common Good is holding a number of additional events in November. See below.


Date: Fri. Nov. 2
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Place: Crescent Fort Rouge United Church

Join Faith & the Common Good's Building Audit Manager Stephen Collette in person to learn more about the grants, tools, and support for UCC congregations to measure and improve the energy efficiency of their buildings!

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Date: Wed. Nov. 14
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST

This online presentation is targeted at faith communities in the GTHA in Ontario who are interested in our energy benchmarking pilot project. The event will include presentations by two faith communities who have signed on to the project and are starting to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.

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Date: Sat. Nov. 3
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Crescent Fort Rouge United Church

Places of faith anchor and shape our communities. Yet many congregations are facing declining attendance and insufficient funding to maintain and operate their historic buildings. These important community assets are in a period of transition across the country.

Join us at this unique event where local faith groups, heritage, and community organizations will share their experience, concerns, and creative solutions to the challenges confronting places of faith in Winnipeg in an interactive and engaging format.

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