After Paris COP21; How are we feeling about Climate Change? What thoughts do we have about it?
Announcing; a Covenant Group convened to Explore Thoughts And Feelings related to Climate Change.
(Co-Sponsored by Beacon Unitarian Climate Change Task Force and Unitarian Church of Vancouver Covenant Groups.)
The group will meet on the first Wednesdays of the month (Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 2, Apr 6 and May 4), from 6:30 – 8 pm. We will meet in a private room at Waves Coffee Shop, 715 Columbia, New Westminster, two blocks from the New Westminster Skytrain Station.
The Climate Change Covenant Group will be open for the first two sessions, however, after the 2nd session, no new members will be added.
Following “covenant group” processes, the group will be “mostly listening” as people share in a respectful and compassionate circle. The focus will be to provide an opportunity for each person to speak and be heard, and each session will include a reading and questions to consider.
The series will culminate in a group decision and action to carry out a project as a group.
First Session; Listening (Teresa).
Second Session; Principles of Active Hope, based on work by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone (Mary).
Third Session: Taking the Long View (Keith)
Teresa Morton attends Beacon Unitarian and is one of the three co-leaders in the Beacon Climate Change Task Force. Teresa has extensive facilitation experience, coordinates an art program for adults living with mental health issues and loves helping organizations to change.
Mary is a member of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver and has been involved with the Environment Committee almost since its inception in 1995. She’s an experienced facilitator, a visual artist and a community catalyst. Her work life included working as Executive Director of the Canadian Unitarian Council.
Mary and Teresa have been friends and colleagues for over twenty years. They meet weekly to create art together and their conversations are wide-ranging.
Our First Climate Change Covenant Group went well… and there’s room for you.
Six of us convened at the private room at Waves Coffee Shop near the New Westminster Skytrain Station to share–and listen–to each other around our thoughts and feelings about climate change.
Teresa facilitated the session with a focus on listening.
Mary, Michael, Judy, Marilyn and Lynn participated in the group. We have a maximum of 10 and the group is open for February. So if you’re interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are the readings on listening for you to enjoy.
“So if we love someone, we should train in being able to listen. By listening with calm and understanding, we can ease the suffering of another person.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh
“It is only through dialogue, deep listening, and passionate disagreement that we find our way to something larger than a singular and isolated point of view.”
― Henry Kimsey-House, Co-Active Leadership: Five Ways to Lead
“Can we listen to each other the way veins listen to blood?”
― Mark Nepo, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What Is Sacred
“If it is language that makes us human, one half of language is to listen. Silence can exist without speech, but speech cannot live without silence. Listen to the speech of others. Listen even more to their silence. To pray is to listen to the revelations of nature, to the meaning of events. To listen to music is to listen also to silence, and to find the stillness deepened and enriched.”
― Jacob Trapp
The February session will be facilitated by Mary using resources from the book Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone.
The Spiral questions can be found here: http://www.joannamacy.net/theworkthatreconnects/the-wtr-spiral.html
Next session: 6:30-8pm Tuesday, February 3