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our Faith into Action: Making a Difference for the Environment

Half-Day Retreat


Sat Feb 26

9 am - 12 noon

Centretown United

507 Bank St at Argyle


900 Welcome (Rev David Illman-White), Introductions, Reflection

905 Sharing in pairs: How will we know that this morning has been helpful?

910 Elements of Effective Faith-based Action
Mishka Lysack (University of Calgary)

915 Report from Cancun: Lessons Learned, Priorities, & Opportunities Now
Clare Demerse (Associate Director, Climate Change Unit, Pembina Institute)

935 discussion in pairs & reporting

955 Green Budget: Andrew Van Iterson (Program Manager, Green Budget Coalition)
·      what is it?
·      what are the values that inform this work?
·      what is the strategic thinking that guides this project?

1015 discussion groups: faith perspectives on Green Budget
·      What can we as people of faith learn as we develop our public voice?

1030 break

1045 Faith Groups: Opportunities for Engagement: How can We Translate our Faith into Effective Action
Janet Epp-Buckingham (Director, Laurentian Leadership Centre)
Mike Hogeterp (Director, Christian Reform Church: Centre for Dialogue)

1105 discussion groups & reporting back
·      What was the most helpful thing you learned about faith-based engagement?
·      What are the most appealing opportunities for taking action?

1120 Networking & Next Steps: (Ottawa opportunities to partner, responding to Federal Budget, Federal election, preparing for UN Talks in Durban; supporting Green Energy Act in Ontario; advocating for other actions)

1150 updates: GSS (Kathryn) & A Rocha (Paul H)

1155 Sharing in pairs: how was this morning helpful for you?

12 noon Reflective closing

Chair: John Dorner (Sustainability Liaison, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa; member of steering committee, Greening Sacred Spaces - Ottawa)