Dr. Carmen Lansdowne will be the featured guest speaker in the Sanctuary (949 W. 49th Ave) Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 7p.m.
This special event will be the second in a new UCV-organized series, “Mobilizing Faith and Spirit for the Climate Crisis.” The event will be available online by livestream, and there will also be limited in-person seating in The Sanctuary.
About the Speaker
The Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne joined First United as Executive Director in 2017. An ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, she has served on the Executive of the General Council, as United Church representative to the Executive and Central Committees of the World Council of Churches, and currently sits on the Theology, Inter-church, Interfaith committee of the national church. She holds a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and speaks, writes and publishes across North America on issues of indigenous theology and indigenous-Christian relationships.
About the Series: Mobilizing Faith and Spirit for the Climate Crisis
Every day we are reminded that we are in a climate emergency. Unprecedented heat waves, droughts, fires, extreme weather events, floods, refugees – the list goes on. Taken together with the current pandemic, it’s understandable that many of us feel frightened, overwhelmed, powerless. Where can we find the individual and collective strength to clearly face the truth of the emergency, mourn the damage being done to our blue planet, and inspire ourselves and others to action?
The Vancouver Unitarians are hosting a series of talks by prominent Canadians from faith, spiritual and secular backgrounds to support us in answering that question. They will educate, nourish, and inspire us, drawing on diverse faith and spiritual traditions including those of Indigenous peoples. They will delve into how these traditions and practices, and the values they represent, help them contend with the climate emergency and the actions they are taking. And, in this way, they will help us engage more effectively with the crisis and create our way forward to a sustainable future – for ourselves and our families, our communities, our nation, and for the health of our loved ones and our planet.
To attend our next event in person, book your spot now here: https://vancouver.breezechms.com/form/Jan12ClimateEvent
All the events in this series including the Jan. 12 event will be available to watch via livestream here: ucv.im/FaithAndClimate
In case you missed it: WATCH Seth Klein’s talk and Q&A from Oct. 28
About the Format
The speaker series will be live-streamed from the campus of the Vancouver Unitarians before a small audience. The speakers will appear in person or virtually. Two Vancouver Unitarians will moderate the series – introducing the speakers, leading discussions after each talk, and providing continuity over the course of the full program. The series will include occasional panel discussions of key themes and learnings from what we heard.
All events in this series will be held in the Sanctuary of the Unitarian Church. It is recognized as a remarkable mid-twentieth century architectural legacy – a well-received spiritual gathering place and a civic gathering place for events in the arts, public affairs, and discourse on the issues of the day.
Past Events in this Series
Oct. 28, 2021: Seth Klein