Dear Audubon Advocate - I'd like to take a moment to let you know about an exciting workshop the National Audubon Society is sponsoring in Arizona at the Biosphere 2 near Oracle. We still have a few openings and want to invite you and others you think may be interested to join us. The Planet Awakening Workshops on Faith, Health, Population and Environment are practical hands-on workshops for anyone interested in examining the population issue and how it relates to our environment, our daily lives and our faith. One need not be an Audubon member to attend this workshop. Audubon believes that human population growth is one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. We hope, by opening a dialogue with and among people of faith, that we can affect positive change on this issue that will benefit birds, other wildlife, and people, too. Audubon would like to extend an invitation to you to join us at this important workshop. You'll find further information about the workshop, as well as how to sign up in the email below. If you have any questions, please email me at the address above, or call me at 800-741-9658. Thank you for your time. Please feel free to pass this information on. Sincerely, Lise Rousseau Communications Director Audubon's Population & Habitat Program _____ Planet Awakening Workshops: Outreach to Faith-based Communities on Population & Environment The Planet Awakening Workshops on Faith, Health, Population and Environment are practical hands-on workshops for people of faith, of all faiths, including local religious leaders, counselors, spiritual directors, religious laypersons and other interested citizens who are experiencing a process of awakening hope for the future and care for Earth and all its inhabitants. Three intertwined workshops <http://www.audubonpopulation.org/sections/planet/religionWorkshops.cfm> Our Bodies, Our Earth; The Whole Shebang: How Congregations Contribute to the Future of the Planet; Stewardship of Our Minds, Bodies, Spirits and Emotions, specifically engage the issues of health, population and the environment for leaders in the spiritual movement. (read below for more detailed descriptions of the workshops.) The workshops are lead by Margaret Mitchell, D. Min. and Bro. Gary Morton; Patricia Waak, M.A., D. Min. & Senior Advisor the Population & Habitat Program; and Gary Gunderson, D. Min. (read below for a short bio of our workshop leaders.) Audubon will be conducting a Planet Awakening workshop in the following city: Biosphere 2 , Oracle, Arizona April 14-16, 2002 A single fee of $125 will be charged to attend the workshop. This fee covers workshop expenses, including food and lodging (if required), and reading materials which will be sent to you before the workshop. The reading materials are: Deeply Woven Roots, Gary Gunderson; Planet Awakening, Patricia Waak; and Ecotherapy, Howard Clinebell. There are no additional fees to attend the workshops. <http://www.audubonpopulation.org/sections/planet/religionScholarship.cfm > Scholarships are available. To sign-up, visit our website at <http://www.audubonpopulation.org/sections/planet/religion.cfm> http://www.audubonpopulation.org/sections/planet/religion.cfm. Or for more information or a brochure, call us at 1-800-741-9658. Workshop Descriptions: Our Bodies, Our Earth This workshop is based on Rev. Dr. Patricia Waak's book, Planet Awakening, and provides an in-depth experience in grappling with the issues of reproductive health and family planning, the relationship to ecological health and well-being, ecological justice for nonhuman species and social justice for all Creation. The opportunity to understand the relationship between humans and Earth carries deep spiritual revelation. In particular, the workshop explores the connections between the fertility of humans and the fertility of Earth. The intent of this track is to provide a process of discussion and dialogue. The session provides creative ways to help people to reclaim their personal spiritual heritage, explore their connections to the global community, express concerns about the issues of justice, and experiment with new approaches to bringing this dialogue to the larger religious community, as well as society at large. The workshop is appropriate for all levels of participants, whether religious leaders or laypersons. It enables individuals and groups to take often-controversial issues and present them in a relevant and reasonable manner to their families, neighborhoods and worship groups. The Whole Shebang: How Congregations Contribute to the Future of the Planet The workshop, led by Rev. Dr. Gary Gunderson, gives leaders of all faiths an opportunity to explore their capacity to unlock the enduring strengths of congregations that can build the wholeness of communities and the planet. The workshop may be especially good news for smaller congregations that have members sensitive to challenges of human need and environmental stress but think such problems are beyond their capacity to engage meaningfully. Based on the framework of the book Deeply Woven Roots, participants: * Visualize and map their congregation in terms of its eight enduring strengths (to accompany, convene, connect, frame or story, bless, pray, sanctuary, endure) * Explore practical ways to develop and enhance the specific strengths present in their current congregations * Identify specific ways the congregational strengths might be exercised in the context of the global challenges of environment and population Stewardship of Our Minds, Bodies, Spirits and Emotions We are each a wonderous work of art. Each person is responsible for being a wise steward over his/her well-put-together system. In the course of this workshop, Rev. Dr. Margaret Mitchell and Brother Gary Morton will share ways to become better personal stewards. The overall workshop theme will be: Healthy people=healthier families and congregations=healthier communities=healthier world Together we will explore: * Expanding our perception of the word "health" * The difference between being "in health" versus "in dis-ease" * How our lifestyle choices are major determinants of our health * How what we eat and drink affects our health * How to be proactive rather than reactive about our health * The benefits of fasting as a preventative spiritual and health discipline * How nonviolence and love strengthens our total well-being * How the Hippocratic oath, "First Do No Harm," applies to our personal well-being Course Leader Bios: Rev. Dr. Margaret Mitchell and Brother Gary Morton, a husband and wife working team, have a health ministry in inner Cleveland at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church. Inspiring teachers of health, they follow a vegetarian and fasting discipline for themselves and have studied with many model teachers, including Dick Gregory. A teacher in the public schools for 30 years, Rev. Margaret is a director of supportive care for Olivet's Health and Education Institute, while Brother Gary, as a community builder, is hospitality and maintenance coordinator. Patricia Waak, M.A., D. Min., a Senior Advisor for Audubon's Population and Habitat Program, has served in a diverse series of leadership responsibilities dealing with global health and environmental issues, notably as the initiator of Audubon's internationally recognized population efforts. She is a certified archetypal therapist and Jungian psychologist. A front line organizer and deeply reflective thinker, Pat is now exploring advanced research in spirituality and the environment. Her book, Planet Awakening, is one of the workshop texts. Gary Gunderson, D. Min., Director of the Interfaith Health Program at Emory University, has worked for years as an activist leader in the areas of faith, health and poverty. In seven years at The Carter Center he has worked closely with decision-makers in health systems, government, foundations, denominations and community. Author of one of the workshop texts, Deeply Woven Roots, and numerous articles, he challenges leaders to keep faith with their faith and with the modern world. Lise Rousseau, Communications Director Population & Habitat Program National Audubon Society 4730 Table Mesa Drive Suite I Boulder CO 80305 303.554-7600; 303.554-6080 fax www.audubonpopulation.org ________________________________________________________________ GET INTERNET ACCESS FROM JUNO! Juno offers FREE or PREMIUM Internet access for less! Join Juno today! For your FREE software, visit: http://dl.www.juno.com/get/web/. You are subscribed to AZ-LEADER. 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