Activating Faith Communities for Climate Justice

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies at First Church Seattle
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12:00 PM, Sunday, April 28, 2024 PST
Location: First Church Seattle (click for map)

Meaningful Movies at First Church Seattle invites you to an in-person or online discussion prompted by The Letter, a 2022 documentary about the impact on people around the world of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s encyclical on the climate crisis. The event will explore how faith communities are responding to the climate crisis. After hearing from two panelists, attendees will be invited to ask questions. You may attend the April 28 event in person or via Zoom.

Pope Francis wrote an encyclical letter – a short book that popes write – called Laudato Si’.  The letter was addressed to everyone and encourages us to see how everything is connected. The way we treat the Earth, our common home, is a reflection of how we treat each other. Caring for each other means caring for the home we share.  The Letter highlights the voices of those most affected by climate change – youth, the poor (including climate refugees), indigenous people, and wildlife. A representative of each of those groups was invited to Rome, and the film shows their dialogue with the Pope and each other.

Register: Register by CLICKING ON THIS LINK.  After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link for the April 28 event and a link to watch the film before or after the event.  You may attend the event in person or on Zoom.

Link to watch film: Before the event, at your convenience and at no cost, you can watch The Letter.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rps9bs85BII

Link to watch trailer: https://youtu.be/l3EBHebH17Y?si=10vSaZbMhgEM7_E4

The film will not be shown at the event.  It is not necessary to watch the film to attend the April 28 event.

Guest Speakers:

Jim Antal, author of Climate Church, Climate World, and a leader of the interfaith climate movement, will join us virtually to share how congregations around the nation are taking action. Jim serves as Special Advisor on Climate Justice to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. An environmental activist since the first Earth Day, he has preached on the climate crisis since 1988 in over 400 settings and has engaged in non-violent civil disobedience on numerous occasions.

Anna Johnson, North AmericaSenior Programs Manager with the Laudato Si’ Movement, will join us in person to share how Seattle-area faith communities, including her own parish, are engaging in the climate justice movement. Anna has an Executive Master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership from Arizona State University.Jim Antal, author of “Climate Church, Climate World”, and a leader of the interfaith climate movement, and Anna Johnson, North America Senior Programs Manager with the Laudato Si’ Movement.

Special Guests: Jim Antal and Anna Johnson

Sponsors: Laudato Si' Movement:  https://laudatosimovement.org/news/the-letter-a-million-reasons-for-hope/

Release Year: 2022

Running Time: 80 minutes

Director: Nicolas Brown

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