Fall 2015 Speaking Tour
Rabbi Yonatan Neril, founder and executive director of The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, engaged in a speaking tour of North America on faith and ecology which included 7 cities during the Fall of 2015. In light of new evidence that 2015 will likely be the hottest year ever recorded, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other religious leaders joined together at the Parliament of World Religions pledging faith-based action to combat climate change. The event took place in Salt Lake City, and brought together over 8,000 people from scores of faiths and nations. In addition, he attended the Summit of Conscience for the Climate in Paris with over 500 people. He also had the honor of participating in the Symposium on Climate in Istanbul and speaking as the Jewish representative in the interfaith session of the event.
Rachel Winner, ICSD’s Project Manager, conducted a tour from April 9 – May 1, 2015 along the East Coast of the United States (from North Carolina to New York City) to speak to faith communities and schools about ICSD’s work. Tour discussions included:
Interfaith Environmental Collaboration in Israel
Discussing the projects and methodology of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD); a look at the successes and weaknesses of interfaith advocacy and environmentalism in Jerusalem through the lens our work at ICSD (www.interfaithsustain.com).
Uniting Religious Leaders and Scientists to Curb Climate Change
Discussion about an emerging international leadership council to work to address climate change from both the international and grassroots levels. The United Planet Faith and Science Initiative (UPFSI – www.upfsi.org) is a project of the ICSD that bridges faith and science as two leading but often conflicting schools of thought to combat the greatest challenge society has faced thus far.
Shifting Consciousness in the Age of Climate Change
As given at the UN Climate Talks in Lima this past December, this presentation addresses climate change as a fundamentally spiritual problem, namely in the context of our relationship with economics; and provides suggestions and solutions with regard to reframing our consciousness for a more sustainable future.
This presentation is Rachel’s story as a young professional in the field of social justice and sustainable development; coming to Jerusalem to explore the rich complexities of this shared and tense land, and her own multi-faith identity within it. To simultaneously learn and to give back – somewhat of a paradox in a place that takes generations to fully understand.
Spring Tour Schedule 2015
- Thursday, April 9: Unity Center, Mills River, NC – Presentation at 7pm
- Saturday, April 11: Beth Israel, Asheville, NC – Saturday Services at 9:30am
- Friday, April 17: Temple Isaiah, Fulton, MD – TBD
- Saturday, April 18: Adat Shalom, Bethesda, MD – Tentative: services at 10:30am and program at 1pm
- Monday, April 20: Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA – Presentation at 6pm
- Wednesday, April 22: Derech HaLev, Philadelphia, PA – Presentations at 5pm and 7pm
- Thursday, April 23: William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA – Classes at 8:15am, 9:40am, 12pm
- Thursday, April 23: Mishkan Shalom, Philadelphia, PA – Presentation at 7:30pm
- Friday, April 24: Germantown Jewish Centre, Philadelphia, PA – Services at 6pm and program at 8:30pm
- Tuesday, April 27: Hunter College Hillel, New York City, NY – Presentation at 1:30pm
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