Join Catholic Climate Covenant on Thursday, November 2nd at 2:00 pm (eastern) for a webinar titled “Faith and Science Responses to Storms, Wildfires, and Climate Change.” In light of the recent wildfires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean, there is no better time to immerse yourself in this discussion. The webinar will address the question, “Is climate change to blame for the recent hurricanes and wildfires?” Register for this webinar to learn from top climate scientists about climate change and its effects.
Join Catholic Climate Covenant for a webinar to explore international security issues and climate change on Thursday, June 22 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Key questions that will be addressed include:
- How are food and water scarcity, extreme weather events, poverty, political instability, and social tensions, exacerbated by climate change, particularly upon the most vulnerable peoples around the world?
- How do these impacts affect international security?
- How is the Catholic Church seeking to address them?
Speakers include Eric Garduno, Senior Policy and Legislative Specialist at Catholic Relief Services and Brigadier General Gerald Galloway, USA (Ret) and Advisory Board member of the Climate and Security Institute.
Join Catholic Climate Covenant on Thursday, March 23 for their next webinar:
Just Transition: Shrinking our Carbon Footprint While Leaving No One Behind
2:00-3:00 p.m. (Eastern time)
Presenters: Dr. Erin Lothes Biviano, Assistant Professor of Theology at the College of Saint Elizabeth, New Jersey; and Dr. Jessica Wrobleski, Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies at Wheeling Jesuit University, West Virginia.
The webinar will focus on:
1) How poor and vulnerable communities bear the biggest burden of the impacts and consequences of climate change and how these same communities bear the biggest burden of the primary cause of climate change–fossil fuel extraction, transportation and combustion.
2) How we address the challenges of the transition to a clean energy economy and the rebuilding of communities left behind as we move away from a fossil-fuels based economy.
3) What Catholic Social Teaching has to say about a just transition to a clean energy economy and the communities impacted by the transition. Special focus will be given to Appalachia and how the decline of the coal economy has devastated an already forgotten region.
Interfaith Youth Core is hosting a webinar entitled “Stepping onto your Soapbox: Exploring Interfaith Connections to Campus Mission, Vision, and Values” on February 21 at 1:00 PM EST. This webinar is part of a three-part spring series designed for campus professionals and college/university educators who are interested in making a stronger case for interfaith cooperation as a campus-wide priority.
While the webinars have been designed these to build upon one another, you may sign up for as many or as few as your schedule allows. The following two webinars in the series are Finding Your People: Expanding Buy-in for Interfaith Initiatives on March 21 and Planning for the Next Year: Exploring Strategies for 2017-2018 Interfaith Initiatives on April 27.
Join Ignatian Solidarity Network on Thursday, February 16 at 3 PM EST for an online conversation with Jesuit college and university faculty and administrators on how to support students who are undocumented. A new political landscape in the U.S. has brought with it unique realities for people in the without documentation, including students at Jesuit colleges and universities. How are faculty and administrators responding to the changing reality facing these students?
Jennifer Ayala, Ph.D.
Director of The Center for Undocumented Students
Saint Peter’s University
Anna J. Brown
Chair, Department of Political Science
Saint Peter’s University
Associate Director of Student Financial Services
Undocumented Students Advisor, Division of Student Affairs
Director, Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
Loyola University Chicago
To learn more or to register, visit the Ignatian Solidarity Network website.
The USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development recently hosted two webinars on advocacy and legislative issues. The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is not occurring this year because of another one-time national convening, but the CSMG community is encouraged to participate in district visits to legislators to advocate for just social policies during the Congressional recess.
The first webinar is Advocacy 101. This webinar focuses on training new advocates (or refreshing seasoned veterans) on the fundamentals of visiting legislators. The webinar covers the basics on setting up meetings, what to know before you go, best practices during your visit, how to handle problems that may arise, and what to do after the meeting.
The second webinar is a Legislative Advocacy Issues Briefing. This webinar goes over informational advocacy materials and the importance of each of the issues that the district visits are focused on. For more information on these webinars, visit the CSMG website.
The Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Office at Loyola University Chicago , partnering with the Ignatian Solidarity Network, have shared a video presentation from their “Undocumented Students Ally Trainings” program. This video focuses on skills to understand the value and importance of exploring the experiences and perspectives of undocumented students. The training session aims to generate knowledge for self-learning and to increase on-campus support for undocumented students.
At Loyola University Chicago, upon completing the training, trainees receive a placard that recognizes them as allies and as points of support for undocumented students on campus. The goal is that participants display these placards in their work area to invite questions and/or dialogue about the issues that impact this community. For more information, see the blog post from Ignatian Solidarity Network.
Register now for the 2017 Legislative Advocacy Issues Briefing webinar on February 7, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. ET hosted by the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG). The free briefing will prepare your students to take our issues of concern to our Senators and Representatives in their home district offices with other members of state delegations during the Congressional recess week of February 20-24, 2017.
Join 2017’s CSMG virtual community in ongoing efforts to raise our collective voices to defend and empower the most vulnerable. This webinar will feature advocacy experts from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and its collaborating organizations. They will reveal step-by-step strategies for advocating with your Senators and House Representatives in a clear, consistent voice on issues important to the Catholic community.
Following the webinar, you will receive additional information on coordination of legislative in-district visits.
Please fill out the registration form by Wednesday, February 1, to ensure your spot. Click here to learn more about visiting your Congressional representatives.
Last month, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development co-sponsored a YouTube live event on how college and university communities learn about and respond to the Church’s social mission. The webinar is the fourth video in the We are Salt and Light series and is available to watch online.
The 30-minute video features Kathleen Smythe, on how Xavier University in Ohio engages sustainability students to assist a local cooperative coffee shop, Tom Southard, on Cabrini University’s community-based learning about refugees and climate change, and Fr. Etido Jerome, on Xavier University of Louisiana’s work on global solidarity.