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Faithful Climate Conversations: Public Forum on Faith, Science, & Climate Solutions
June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$10
Religion and science are not in opposition on the issue of climate change. Science has a great deal to teach us about both the urgency to act and the solutions that are at hand. Our faith informs the actions that we take to care for Earth and all of its inhabitants. So how do people of faith and conscience seize the moral opportunity to lead on the most important issue of our time?
Join Rev. Susan Hendershot, president of Interfaith Power & Light, and Dr. Kenneth Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, as they undertake their first joint speaking tour on the intersection of faith, science, and climate solutions. GIPL is thrilled to welcome them both to Atlanta! Kait Parker of The Weather Channel and Chair of the Interfaith Power & Light Board, Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley join us as event moderator and panelist, respectively.
Ken Kimmell is president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science-based nonprofit that combines the knowledge and influence of the scientific community with the passion of concerned citizens to build a healthy planet and a safer world. Mr. Kimmell has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies and a driving force behind UCS’s “Power Ahead” campaign to build a large and diverse group of clean energy leadership states.
Prior to becoming President of The Regeneration Project and Interfaith Power & Light, Rev. Susan Hendershot served as the Executive Director at Iowa Interfaith Power & Light for seven years. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with an M. Div. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, a B.A. from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction. Currently Rev. Hendershot serves as co-chair of the Executive Committee for the RE-AMP Steering Committee, a network of over 170 climate, energy, and environmental organizations throughout the Midwest. Rev. Hendershot believes that climate change is a moral issue, disproportionately impacting those who are most vulnerable in our world. She gets her motivation and inspiration from her two sons.
Kait Parker is an atmospheric scientist that has studied and covered every major US storm on-air for the last decade. Before joining The Weather Channel digital team, she hosted America’s Morning Headquarters on The Weather Channel and regularly appeared on Good Morning America. Additionally, she has worked as a meteorologist in West Palm Beach, Florida and Montgomery, Alabama. A graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in Environmental and Atmospheric Science, she has also been an instructor for a graduate level course on Climate and an undergraduate course on Storm Chasing. Kait hosts the podcast “Warming Signs” and is the Climate Reporter for the digital team of The Weather Channel. Follow her on Twitter.
Rev. Dr. Gerlad L. Durley is the former Pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta, where he served for nearly 25 years. Rev. Durley’s previous roles include Executive Director of the Head Start Program for Fulton and Douglas Counties, Director of the Health Promotion Resource Center at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and founder of Perspectives, International, a consortium of historically black colleges and universities. In 2011, Rev. Durley was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame for his contributions during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
This event will take place at in the main auditorium of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, a GIPL community partner.
We are grateful for our event co-sponsors.