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September 2019

Toward a Healthy Planet Conference

September 24 - September 25
Duquesne University, Power Center, 5th Floor 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15282 United States
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The fifth Annual Duquesne University Presidential Conference on the Integrity of Creation focuses on the topic Toward a Healthy Planet to discuss what is going right with planet earth. The event is scheduled for September 24-25, 2019, at the Power Center on the university campus.  The interdisciplinary conference invites participants from different disciplines to engage each other in civil discourse on a different topic each year. Dr. Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda Professor of Theological and Social Ethics, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary…

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Public Charge 101 for Faith Communities – Webinar

September 24

Interfaith Immigration Coalition, in which the ELCA participates, will present a primer on the new public charge rule and its impact on vulnerable families. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24 from 2 - 3 p.m. (EST).  Register to hear the presentation. Are you getting questions from members of your congregation or community about whether or not enrolling in SNAP or Medicaid will harm their immigration status? Experts from the Interfaith Immigration Coalition and the Interreligious Coalition on Domestic…

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Civil Conversations Facilitator Training

September 27

Interfaith Philadelphia continues A Year of Civil Conversations. Interfaith Philadelphia is helping Pennsylvanians learn how to "speak together differently in order to live together differently.” In May, 50 bridge-builders gathered in Harrisburg for civil conversations facilitator training co-sponsored by United Lutheran Seminary, LAMPa, and ecumenical partners.  They are now putting their training to work in their communities. Interfaith Philadelphia will a virtual facilitator training that will give participants the skills to organize civil conversations in their congregations, workplaces, and communities.…

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ELCA Breaking Down Walls Worship Materials Published

September 30

On Nov. 9, 2019, the world will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. As we look back to remember this important moment in human history, we are reminded that there is much work to be done to tear down the walls that divide us today. Galatians 3:28 reminds us that in Christ all that separates and divides us no longer holds sway over us. There is no longer Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male…

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October 2019

Webinar: The Moral Imperative to Improve Planetary Health Through Climate Solutions

October 3

The Season of Creation, Climate for Health, Blessed Tomorrow, the Planetary Health Alliance, the Center for the Study of World Religions, and the Harvard Divinity School are hosting a discussion and webinar with faith leaders and health professionals, focused on the moral imperatives of taking action on planetary health.  The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, October 3 from 1:00pm - 2:15pm ET . Speakers will discuss how we can safeguard our health and promote social justice by mobilizing communities to…

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Healing Communities Training For Clergy and Congregations

October 5
Church of the Holy Cross, 7507 Kelly Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208 United States
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The Healing Communities Training focuses on the restoration and healing for people affected by crime and the criminal justice system. Healing Communities are needed as one in 104 American adults are currently incarcerated and one in 33 are under criminal justice system control. The odds are EVERY congregation has members affected by crime and the criminal justice system, whether as crime victims, offenders, or families. The Healing Communities model equips congregations to become a “Station of Hope” by providing training…

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LIRS Hope for the Holidays 2019 Webinar

October 8

Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services (LIRS)  is sponsoring a brief webinar on Tuesday, October 8 at 3:00pm EST as they recap the state of immigration issues in the U.S. and launch their annual card-writing and gift-giving campaign: Hope for the Holidays. In a time of unprecedented suffering at our border, LIRS continues to lead missions on the border to bear witness to the conditions of detention centers and immigration facilities housing individuals, families and children. LIRS has a special opportunity…

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Register Today for the Christian Unity Gathering

October 14 - October 16
Holiday Inn, 980 Omni Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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This year the National Council of Churches will be marking 400 years since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in America. At the Christian Unity Gathering, sponsored by the National Council of Churches, those assembled will join together in a public witness at Point Comfort, Virginia, where it is recorded that the suffering of millions began in a legacy that lives on today through systemic racism that ravages our churches, communities, and lives. This year's theme is Confronting the…

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Climate Change: Local Impacts, Awareness, and Action

October 16
Dickinson College, 360 W Louther St, Carlisle, PA 17013
Carlisle, PA 17013 United States
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Join the Cumberland Conservation Collaborative as they present a forum on Climate Change: Local Impacts, Awareness, and Action on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 6:30PM—8:30PM at Dickinson College in the ATS Auditorium. Presenters include: John Baley, Susquehanna River Basin Commission; Matthew Steinbugl, National Weather Service; Greg Czarnecki, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and Peter Buckland, Ferguson Township, Centre County and Penn State Sustainability Institute. There will be opportunities for audience conversation and interaction on next steps. The Cumberland…

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Community Navigator Training Bucks County on Immigrant Rights Action

October 19
Salem United Church of Christ, 186 E Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901
Doylestown, PA 18901 United States
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The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) will be hosting a Community Navigator Training on Immigrant Rights Action in Bucks County on Friday, October 19 to give community leaders the skills and knowledge to assist their peers in accessing resources and understanding their rights. Interpretation and childcare are available upon request. Community Navigators are community members who receive specialized training to provide quality immigration services for their communities in an empowering and effective way. Topics include: Introduction to PICC and…

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