Our focus for the training is to offer faith leaders and people of faith the opportunity to network, learn how to best support their communities and congregations, and process the hope and grief of climate work in a sacred sanctuary space. Ashland is a natural welcoming sanctuary space. We will address climate from a number of social perspectives as well as looking at how to tell the climate story. See below for a list of some of our presenters.
Who can apply? This ecumenical event is open to clergy and ministry
leaders who lead congregations and/or extension ministries and want to know
more about climate and how climate work intersects with the local church. Please apply here. Our application date has passed, but there are still a few spots left! If you are interested, please apply. We would love to fill our slate!
Space is limited To apply, please
for an application link or apply directly here. Your submitted application will be followed up with a phone
call. For questions and more information, contact Rev. Richenda Fairhurst, firstname.lastname@example.org
The history of this training—The idea for this
training follows the success of the Ministers’ Trainings at the Center
for Earth Ethics at Union Seminary, in New York
City. The opportunity to collaborate with the Climate Speakers Network to bring a similar training to the west coast seemed
clear and timely.
When, Where, and How Much?
Where—The training is located in beautiful Ashland, Oregon, at the Ashland First United Methodist Church (175 N. Main Street, Ashland, OR, 97520). The Church is walking distance from hotels, parks and restaurants. Ashland, Oregon, has easy accessibility along the I-5 by car, and is connected by direct flights into Medford Airport from a number of major cities in the west.
When—The training is three full days, from May 1st to May 3rd. Registration begins at 10:00am, we ask you please to come on time as we will begin and end the training with a ceremonial Peacemaking Circle.
Costs—The training is FREE, and includes most meals, however, attendees will need to pay for their own lodging and travel as well as any meals not provided and taken off campus. We have a limited number of rooms with special rates, contact email@example.com for info on those.
Lodging—Special group discounts are available within walking distance of the church and downtown plaza, but space is limited and must be reserved by the first week of April. Upon acceptance of your application, we will provide further details on lodging.
Accessibility—The Ashland United Methodist Church is fully wheelchair accessible.
(Subject to change)
Tuesday, May 1
Registration and Opening Prayer
Session: Greeting, healing, and Peacemaking
Circle led by Rev. Terri Stewart
Sessions: Climate Speaker’s Network/Climate
Reality Presentation, led by Karla Bollier and Jill Leaness.
Songs for people of faith, led by Jennifer Schlomming
Session: Healing Circle with Holy Communion
led by Rev. Terri Stewart
on your own.
8:30am Opening Worship and Rally Songs with Rev.
Sharon Delgado and Jennifer Schlomming.
Morning Sessions: Climate Science 101, how the
Science works with Prof. Jamie Trammell followed by snacks and
workshopping, breakout sessions.
Doctrine of Discovery and the Watershed. led by Coyote-Marie
Hunter-Ripper and David
Afternoon Sessions: Panel discussion: Colonialism,
Discovery and its impacts in the West, Q&A with David West,
Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble, Karla Bollier.
Preach it! Storytelling. How to tell the Climate story, led
by Alison Carey, writer for the Oregon Shakespeare
on your own
Evening Session: Theatre Presentation, An Incoherent Truth, A Muse Zoo of Ashland, Oregon.
Thursday, May 3
Session: Practice: Sharing and
leading songs of justice and solidarity as a person of faith, led by Jennifer -
organizing works. How to build movements and bring real change, including
the environmental review process, the legislative process, and working as a
person of faith
with faith-based and secular organizers. These sessions led by Don
and Alona Steinke, Diane
Werich of Ashland Interfaith Coalition, Kathy Conway of
SOCAN, Hannah Sohl of Rogue
Climate, and Rev. Caren Caldwell.
Two minutes of Testimony, how to use 2-3 minutes at public hearings to
authority and from the heart, led by Rev. Richenda Fairhurst
Sessions: Application & Practice: Public
witness. What does it mean to attend a march or rally? What is a
action? What is a faithful or pastoral response to these and those who
will explore these questions at this workshop.
and Peacemaking Circle, led by Rev. Terri Stewart
7:00pm Community Closing Worship, A Sacred Service of Prayer for the Creation with guest preacher, Rev. Sharon Delgado.