These films and podcasts from a number of sources teach and inspire.
This Declaration by the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative recognizes a “profound moral obligation to make care for tropical forests a top spiritual priority” and commits religious leaders to raising awareness about the deforestation crisis within their communities, places of worship and congregations as an expression of their care for Earth. Read the “Faiths for Forests Declaration”and watch a short video with Jane Goodall about the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative.
Journey of the Universe
In a lifetime there are events and experiences that change one’s perspective completely. This film did that for me. Expanding a story of creation from thousands of years to billions does not discount the later stories that we learn in our traditions and cultures. What it creates is a new context for who we are and where our journey takes us now with our enhanced knowledge of where we belong and where we fit in the story.
The award winning film is now available in video format and you can view it here.
Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts
This film is one of the responses of the Anglican Church of Canada’s Primate’s Commission on discovery reconciliation and justice. The purpose of this film is to respond to the calls to action by helping to provide education and insight into the racist foundations of many of our property and other laws still in existence to this day. You can access the complete video here. It is also useful to access the individual sections of the film to review them or highlight their contents.
I saw this film at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions and was inspired by it several times since. The film maker was part of a panel and noted that film is the Shakespeare of our time. This short film reflects that and you can watch it here.
Beyond Despair and Denial - Facing Climate Change
This video was live streamed some time ago - but you can still watch it by going here
Amid dire news of climate change, the question only intensifies: What do we do now? As we sort through the accumulating data and endless politics, a vital element gets lost — the moral dimension of the environmental crisis, and its especially punishing toll on poor communities.
Green Majority Radio sits down with Professor Stephen Scharper of the University of Toronto to discuss ‘visions of a good life’, methods for listening deeply to nature, and how we can transform our apocalyptic visions into prosperous ones. Also on the table is the ecstatic celebratory energy of the universe. Listen to it here.
Here is another podcast in which Professor Scharper is interviewed - at the beginning and the end.