Offering a range of live and internet-based workshops and events, Faith & the Common Good (FCG) occasionally records those events for later consumption. This page lists our current offerings of videos, podcasts, webinars, and DVDs.
DOWNLOADS: Most items are downloadable. We do ask for your name and email address, for internal purposes. We do not share this information. If you are downloading resources for your faith community, we would appreciate you registering your faith community as part of our network.
DVDs: DVDs are available for purchase. There is a link to the order form and a price beside those items. Payment is via PayPal for hard copy items. You do not need a PayPal account.
Video: A Journey of Community Resilience: St James Town
Filmmaker Gregory Greene asked Lidia Ferreira if he could make a short video about her work with FCG, CREW, and the Lighthouse Project in Toronto’s St. James Town. Supported by a small grant from Toronto’s Resilience Office he worked with Lidia to identify local issues around climate change adaptation and building community resilience. Then everything changed. A six-alarm electrical fire in one of the St. James Town apartment towers led to a mass evacuation and a host of very difficult challenges for all of its residents. The fire gave Greene his resilience story which is told by a fire survivor, a community leader and a resident activist.
One Planet: Harnessing Hope
" With one foot in the world of social work and the other in the world of photography, I feel I have finally found the perfect union. " -- Irene Borins Ash
Irene Borins Ash is social worker, photographer, author, speaker, and environmentalist.
Thirty years ago when she was studying at Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York City, she came across the philosophies of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. The Rebbe preached about a non-judgmental love for all mankind and he counselled people of all faiths. This was the beginning of Irene's lifelong passion for multi-faith.
“One Planet: Harnessing Hope” is her latest work about what some multi-faith and multi cultural groups are doing to help the environmental situation we are all experiencing. She partnered with Dr. Lucy Cummings, Executive Director of Faith & the Common Good, in this endeavor.
We are all in this together. We are one.
Videos produced in 2017
Climate Justice & Indigenous Allyship
Faith & the Common Good’s 2016 Annual Forum brought together a dozen speakers from Canadian Indigenous and settler backgrounds to address allyship, climate justice, and the interfaith response. The all-day forum was held at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON. Thanks to Divest Waterloo for co-ordinating the event. This video recording contains bookmarks for each of the speakers.
Videos recorded June 10, 2016
Podcast: Faith Spaces and the Arts
Kendra Fry of Faith & the Common Good, National Trust for Canada, and Trinity-St. Paul's Centre for Faith, Justice, and the Arts discusses the potential of collaborations between faith spaces and the arts to foster "spaces for people not profit".
With host Jessa Agilo.
Listen to the podcast.
Community Resilience to Climate Change podcast
April 3, 2018
Sheila Murray, Beatrice Ekoko, Lidia Ferreira, and Michelle Sullivan all work in some capacity with an initiative called the Lighthouse Project, a pilot that aims to develop new approaches for building resilience in a number of Ontario communities in the face of the growing spectrum of threats presented by climate change. Scott Neigh interviewed them about those threats, about what exactly resilience might look like, and about the different approaches they are using to get there.
Listen to the podcast.
Presentation on Building Automation Systems
Building Automatic Systems Lunch 'n' Learn Webinar
Jan. 30, 2019
Presenter: Murtaz Abid, C.E.T.
Learn more about controlling the heating, cooling and ventilation in your faith buildings. This subject is somewhat complex, and thus requires specific knowledge and expertise. Murtaza a.k.a Taz, a Certified Engineering Technologist, talks about ways to save energy by controlling your building through technology, whether it be smart programmable thermostats or smart self-sustained Automation Systems, or everything in between.
Download PDF (1.2 MB)
Listen to the audio recording.
Energy Savings Webinar
Recorded November 15, 2017
Saving energy is becoming increasingly important for large buildings, with cap and trade now in Ontario. But did you know that faith buildings account for 42% of all faith community green house gas emissions?
This is why Faith & the Common Good is engaging in an exciting, new benchmarking program. It will allow you to measure and track your energy consumption, and reduce it over time.
Watch and listen to webinar (1 hour, 20 minutes)
Presented by Faith & the Common Good: Greening Sacred Spaces Toronto chapter, with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto Hydro, Save ON Energy, and Enbridge Gas.
Climate Change and Energy Benchmarking Webinar
Recorded January 22, 2018
We were delighted to welcome Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Dianne Saxe, to the webinar launch of our new Faith Building Energy Benchmarking program. For those of you who attended, we hope that you found Dianne Saxe’s talk inspirational, concerning the moral, physical, and economic urgency of meaningful action on climate change.
Download options include:
- Entire webinar
- Individual pdf presentations:
- Dianne Saxe presentation — Facing Climate Change
- Faith & the Common Good presentation — Energy Benchmarking
- Toronto Hydro presentation — Energy Saving Programs for your Place of Worship
- Enbridge presentation — Minimizing the Cost Impact of Cap and Trade through Energy Efficiency
Watch and listen to webinar (1 hour, 23 minutes)
Download individual presentations
Renewable Energy 101
Recorded April 2015
Description: Learn the basics of renewable energy and community power in Ontario
Presenters: TREC Renewable Energy Coop, the Federation of Community Power Co-operatives, and Faith & the Common Good co-hosted this webinar.
Watch and listen to webinar
Greening Sacred Spaces DVD
Created in 2008, this engaging and instructive 5-part DVD highlights different aspects of the Greening Sacred Spaces program.
The first part is a 12-minute segment, Reasons to Green, offering insightful interviews with faith leaders from eight religious traditions on why people of faith need to address the ecological crisis and how their faith communities are responding.
The Renewing the Sacred Balance section offers stories of how people from different faith traditions are working to change their ways of life to be more ecologically sustainable.
The Greening Sacred Spaces section, in both an 18 minute and 5 minute version, point to a variety of ways that faith communities have begun to green their buildings. These are divided into light, medium, and deep green options.
The final section, Audits, provides a 5-minute tour of how a professional auditor conducts an energy audit of your religious building.
Order the Greening Sacred Spaces DVD($12)