Rabbi's Education Series Workshops: Religious Teachings About Care for the Planet

posted Mar 8, 2019, 11:33 AM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir   [ updated Mar 8, 2019, 11:51 AM ]
On Sunday March 31 and on Sunday April 7, Rabbi Julie Greenberg will lead our last two participatory discussions for 2018-2019.  They will be on the theme of Religious Teachings About Care for the Planet.
With daily dire warnings about the escalation of climate crisis, we know there is a huge role for people of faith to play in unifying humanity so that we can work together towards solutions. (If you want to take a deep dive into a most comprehensive, beautiful multi-faith teachings on the spiritual issues involved, read Laudato Si by Pope Francis. Jewish communities around the world are studying this text.)  
We will work with spiritual exercises taught by feminist philosopher Joanna Macy and with values found in Jewish sacred text.   
Assignment for March 31:
  1. Prepare a list of five items or experiences in nature that have moved you.  For example, seeing a sunset at the beach, planting a tulip bulb, dedicating a tree in Israel to a relative. 
  2. List five things that make you sad as you daily hear news about our climate crisis. What hurts about this news, what do you grieve, what is lost? Or do you feel numb? Why?
Assignment for April 7:
  • Take a look through these Jewish resources for sustainability:
  • Read the three paragraphs of the Shema prayer and write a one paragraph commentary about how it applies to climate crisis today. (Focus especially on the second paragraph of the Shema.) 
Light brunch will be served.
You need not have attended prior sessions to participate. Come one, come all! 
Sundays, March 31 and April 7
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The William Penn House  
1919 Chestnut St., Community Room, 1st Floor
Advance registration: $10 - members, $15 - guests
Walk-in registration: $15 - members, $20 - guests
RSVP deadlines:
Thursday March 28th for March 31
Thursday April 4th for April 7
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