ONLINE: Shelter in Love

NOTE: Due to the current need for physical distancing, this service will be conducted online using Zoom, not meeting in person. We recommend people connect around 10:15 to work out any connection issues and say hello before the service starts.

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Meeting ID: 996-2265-2377

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Meeting ID: 996-2265-2377

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Service Description:

Rev. Fred Smalls –  “Sheltering in Love” – Suffering, if we can bear it, can be a wise teacher. What can we learn from the coronavirus pandemic? While it lasts, what will help us survive–and thrive?

Cited by Bill McKibben as β€œone of the key figures in the religious environmental surge,” Rev. Fred Small is Executive Director of Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light, which mobilizes people of faith as climate activists. He also serves as Minister for Climate Justice at Arlington Street Church, Boston.

A Unitarian Universalist parish minister for nearly two decades, Fred is also a singer-songwriter and environmental lawyer. In 2015, he left parish ministry to devote his energies to climate advocacy.

One of the first to engage in civil disobedience to draw attention to climate change, he was arrested with 21 others in prayer outside the US Department of Energy in Washington, DC, in May 2001. In 2007, he was a lead organizer of the Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue from Northampton to Boston, Massachusetts. Grist Magazine has named him one of 15 Green Religious Leaders worldwide.

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