Global Ministries EarthKeepers

 United Methodist Environmental Justice Training Coming to Austin Sept 26-29, 2019

The General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church is hosting an EarthKeepers training at First United Methodist Church in Austin, TX September 26-29, 2019.  Global Ministries EarthKeepers equips United Methodists to develop environmental initiatives in their churches and communities, and connects them with a broader community of United Methodists who are actively engaged in creation care.  Training topics will include eco-theology, anti-racism, strategies for social change, and United Methodist resources.  We’ll also explore the intersection of climate change and migration with leaders from San Antonio Justice for Our Neighbors and Texas Impact.

During the training, participants will develop a plan to implement a project in their churches and/or communities.  After the training, participants will have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 to support their projects.

Training, food and lodging expenses during the event are paid for by Global Ministries.  Participants are responsible for their own travel, parking and incidental expenses.  Local participants may sleep at home.

Global Ministries EarthKeepers come from annual conferences around the United States and range in age from 13-99.  Participants ages 13-18 may attend with a participating parent or guardian.

More information and application are at: www.umcmission.org/EarthKeepers

News from the Third Coast Activist

ROBIN LAKOFF ON “NARRATIVE CONTROL AND THE HUMAN PROJECT”

Date: September 11, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm  to  8:30 pm

Robin Lakoff, Professor Emerita of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on “Narrative Control and the Human Project” as part of the University of Texas Humanities Institute’sDistinguished Visiting Lecture Series focused on “Narrative and Social Justice.” Analysis of the 2020 presidential campaign has often focused on “narrative control”–which candidate will control the central story that ultimately defines the campaign? What does this fight for narrative control tell us about how early 21st century Americans are constructing our roles as actors in the human project?

Lakoff is an expert on language and gender, the politics of language, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics. She is the author of several books, including the groundbreaking 1975 book Language and Woman’s Place.

More information online. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

Location: Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 201 E. 24th Street (SE corner of 24th and Speedway), UT Campus

 

BUILDING GREEN JUSTICE FORUM: “POTENTIAL THROUGH PLACE”

Date: October 15, 2019

Time: 8:00 am  to  4:00 pm

Huston-Tillotson University will host the sixth annual Building Green Justice Forum, this year focusing on “Potential through Place.”

The modern environmental justice movement understands that our fates are linked to the places we live and work, and that for people of color those places often are ignored, under-resourced, and overly burdened with polluted air, water, and soil. Yet these places also are home to the environmental justice community’s pride, strength, and motivation.

Registration and coffee begins at 8 am, with speakers, panels, and workshops throughout the day. The speakers and schedule will be announced soon. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The forum is free but please register online. More information on the Facebook event page.

The event is sponsored by the HT Center for Sustainability and Environmental JusticeGreen is the New BlackThe Dumpster Project, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, and the Third Coast Activist Resource Center.

For more information on sponsorship, contact Karen Magid, kmagid@htu.edu, or Amanda Masino, htmasino@gmail.com.

Location: Dickey-Lawless Science Building, Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin, 78702, with free parking in the Chalmers Avenue lot and free street parking around campus