InterfaithCincy, in partnership with A Blessing to One Another, is offering Interfaith Community Engagement Grants. Any Faith community or any faith-based youth group that partners with a faith community or youth group from another faith tradition to work on a community engagement project can apply. To view the grant application, please click here. For Information and application form contact Dr. James Buchanan at A Blessing to One Another at [email protected].
Investing in the Future Means Investing in Sustainability
By: Kathleen SellersCincinnati, OH – On February 26, Faith Communities Go Green (FCGG), an initiative of the Green Umbrella, hosted the webinar Save (for) the Planet: Know the POWER of your Dollars, which was attended by more than thirty people. This educational event was designed to teach participants how to make Earth-friendly choices with their money, by exploring how banking choices impact the planet and climate change. Ditte Wolin, Member of TH!RD ACT, Ohio Working Group; Howard Fischer, Steward and the Chief Evangelist at Gratitude Railroad; and Kyle Väth, Parishioner at Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal Church engaged in a conversation in which they shared insights from their decades of combined experience with sustainable investing, divestment, and collective action concerning sustainable finance. Becca Desai, Co-Leader of FCGG Education/Lifestyles Working Group, moderated the conversation. While each speaker had distinct experiences and training in this topic, they agreed that thoughtful engagement with the banking system is one of the most impactful ways that we can individually and collectively live out sustainable values. “Every dollar we spend impacts the environment,” explained Howard Fischer, an emeritus leader in capital management, which is why people should be intentional that their spending can and should “best serve your values and needs.” One key way that people can do this is by investing in companies that share their values for sustainability. Fischer explained that there are financial management companies that specialize in impact investing and sustainable investment, and many firms today offer investment portfolios that do not include any fossil fuel companies, for example. Investing is not the only way that presenters recommended aligning their money with their values for sustainability. Kyle Väth described how the choice of where to bank, what credit card to use, and even where to purchase auto or home insurance can have significant impact on the environment, because each of these financial tools and institutions uses our money for some “downstream” purpose. That is, they profit by investing our money in other companies, companies which may or may not be sustainable. If we are deliberate about the financial institutions we work with we can be more confident that our money is supporting a sustainable future. The choice to act so deliberately is necessary in our capitalistic society. As Väth asserted, “Where there is profit, we need prophets.”Both Väth and Ditte Wolin were clear that while our individual actions do matter, working together with others increases our impact. Wolin, who is active in an organization called TH!RD ACT, which mobiles citizens over 60 to fight for climate justice and democracy, reflected, “What do you tell your grandkids [you did to respond to climate change]?” One clear answer, she suggests, is to move your money. But by working with TH!RD Act, Wolin shared how collective action among concerned citizens can encourage larger financial institutions to move their money too, like when a petition from tens of thousands of concerned citizens prompted the new CEO of Costco to reconsider their ties to CitiBank. Väth brought the idea of collective action even closer to home, by reflection on how congregations can also take action to make more sustainable investments. And he explained, people of faith should address this issue because climate change is indirectly causing harm to the most vulnerable in our society. If we care about the vulnerable, and care about future generations, we need to reckon collectively with the fact that “money is where the power is.” Väth recommended several steps that congregants can take to start moving their faith communities toward more sustainable action, beginning with forming a “Green Team.” Anyone interested in exploring this idea further, or wanting to learn more about sustainable investing, divesting, and reinvestment strategies can begin with this Program Toolkit, provided by the presenters at this event. You can also get more engaged in sustainability work in the Southwest Ohio region by visiting the Faith Communities Go Green website: https://fcgg.org/.
Save (for) the Planet: Know the POWER of your Dollars
A virtual program on
February, 26 2024 at 7 pm EasternPlease register HERE!
All investment activities can result in positive and negative sustainability outcomes to people and the planet. In this FCGG program, our speakers will introduce you to the topic and talk about its relevance. We hope to inspire you to think about how you can make banking and investment choices which can positively impact our planet.
We will provide attendees with a basic toolkit of resources.
Our Speakers:Janice Stenken
Member of TH!RD ACT, Ohio Working Group
Steward and the Chief Evangelist at Gratitude Railroad
Parishioner at Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal Church
Program Moderator: Becca Desai, Co-Leader – Education/Lifestyles Working Group, FCGG
How Sweet It Is: Bake-Off for Ignite Peace
Join Ignite Peace for some sweet treats as we raise funds for our anti-racism programming. More information coming soon.
How Sweet It IsFriday, February 9
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Fill out this form to sign-up to bake!
Cincinnati, Ohio – For many, this time of year is full of celebrations. Jews celebrate Hanukkah, when Jerusalem was recovered and the Second Temple rededicated. Christians celebrate Christmas, the commemoration of the birth of Jesus. And Pagans celebrate Yule, when the Winter Solstice happens, marking the coming of longer days and shorter nights. For those struggling with homelessness, however, these long and cold nights are not times of celebration but deep struggle. For this reason, the date with the longest number of nighttime hours each year is also known as Homeless Memorial Day and is considered by many a national day of mourning.Each year in Cincinnati, numbers of unhoused people die from exposure to the winter weather. That is why each year, The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition hosts a memorial service on the longest night of the year, Winter Solstice, to remember those unhoused residents of the city who passed away. “Everyone is welcome. You can come and speak, you can sing, you can be quiet and listen. Come in any way that is meaningful to you” wrote The Homeless Coalition in an invitation for the event. This year, 175 names were read at a candlelight service held in Washington Park, Over-The-Rhine. This list was compiled by friends, family, and organizations around the city that knew and cared about these residents. The service was attended by dozens of people, including from many faith communities around the city. Whether or not you attended this year’s service or know those affected by homelessness, there are lots of ways that you can offer support. In Northern Kentucky, the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky welcomes material and cash donations, as well as volunteer support. Visit their website to learn more: https://emergencyshelternky.org/In Cincinnati, The Homeless Coalition invites community partnerships, donations, and subscriptions to Street Vibes, a newspaper written and distributed by those affected by homelessness. They also host regular community-engagement meetings, where you can learn how to get more involved. Please visit their website to learn more: https://cincihomeless.org/
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