Climate change workshop at Scattergood Nov 2-3, 2013

“Climate Change: Where Faith Leads Us” is a workshop that will  challenge participants to examine the environment, science and the role  of faith during times of drastic change.  Sponsored by the Friends  Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), the oldest registered religious  lobby in the United States, Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends (Conservative)  and Scattergood Friends School and Farm, the event will take place Saturday,  November 2, 2013, at Scattergood from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Scattergood  is located near West Branch, Iowa, at 1951 Delta Avenue (see for directions).

Participants, as well as the general public, are invited to join Scattergood  students and staff the following day, Sunday, November 3, on an Earth  Walk, underscoring the urgency of addressing climate disruption.   The Earth Walk will be from the school to Iowa City’s pedestrian mall.   High school and college students are welcome at both events.

“Climate Change: Where Faith Leads Us” will equip participants  with the science and facts behind climate disruption, explore the way  faith influences how we talk to others about climate change, and provide  the tools and connections needed to support local and national legislation  to mitigate climate change.

Speakers include Jose Aguto, FCNL Legislative Secretary for Sustainable  Energy and the Environment;  Susan Guy, Director of Iowa Interfaith  Power and Light; Robb Hogg, Iowa State Senator; David Osterberg, founding  member and former director of the Iowa Policy Project; and Steve Shivvers,  Iowa Coordinator of Citizens Climate Lobby.

The workshop fee, which includes lunch and materials, is $10 for those  who pre-register by October 26.  High school students and faculty  who pre-register by October 26 are invited to attend at no cost.   For those who do not pre-register, the fee will be $15.

To pre-register send name, address, email, telephone number and organization  to Deborah Fink,, or 222 South Russel1,  Ames, Iowa 50010.  The fee will be collected at the workshop.

Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends (Conservative) is an association of  Quaker meetings and worship groups in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri,  South Dakota and Wisconsin.  FCNL (Friends Committee on National  Legislation) works on a variety of peace, social justice and environmental  issues.  Scattergood Friends School and Farm is a college preparatory  high school fostering simplicity, equality, integrity, non-violence  and stewardship of the earth in a community setting.

For more information, contact Deborah Fink at 515-232-2763 or Rüdiger  Rückmann at 319-643-7646.

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