Learning Opportunities

Interfaith Power and Light Conference: Building a Collective Voice of Moral Leadership

Friday November 8th, 8:30 - 4:15p.m.

Workshop on "Grounding Our Work in Shared Joy, Grief, and Vision" - see details at here

Voices for Earth Justice

15894 Greydale St, Detroit, MI 48223

Nov. 22nd, 12p.m.

Lessons from a Pilgrimage to Honor the Earth

Grounding Our Work in Shared Joy, Grief, and Vision (Online)

3rd Sunday of the Month 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Nov. 17, Dec. 15th, etc.

Join us in creating a web-space of emotional and spiritual support for all of us working on and thinking about climate change and environmental justice. This is for those of us who have an inkling that Climate Denial might not just be a corporate and political strategy (though it is that too), but also that denial is a stage of coping with grief and fear, which we all need support with. It's for all of us who yearn to do this work in a way which makes us more emotionally resilient and joyful. This is not a place for frontal learning or arguments about best solutions, but a time in which we'll build upon each other's wisdom, as we share Our Joy, Our Grief, and Our Visions. 


For Questions & RSVP, email me at MosheGivental@gmail.com  see more details on facebook

Water from the Rock: Reconnecting with Our Ancestors, our Joy, Grief, and Vision (Online, In Development)

12-part weekly online workshop

How do we build lives of joy and resilience amidst climate disruption  and widening fault lines in a society built on colonialism, racism, and anthropocentrism?  How do we build our lives anew based on kinship with our healthy and wise ancestors, with our bodies, with our sense of vitality and purpose? Join me for this e-workshop - a place for learning through sharing, for deep ritual space, curiosity and courage.

This workshop will be based on Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects, on my experience as a psychotherapist, Rabbi, and Community Chaplain, drawing on lessons from fellow Indigenous leaders around the world, Buddhism, Deep Ecology, Eco-Psychology, and anti-colonialism and anti-racism.

When: Starting in January: Details TBD.

Email me at MosheGivental@gmail.com with questions and/or to reserve a spot.

Loss and Transformation: Maintaining Hope when Optimism Is Elusive (Online)

6-part , bi-weekly, online class with Rabbi Katy Allen and Rabbi Moshe Givental

Via Zoom ,on Thursday evenings: 9/26, 10/10, 10/24/, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, from 7:30-9.

Sponsored by Jewish Climate Action Network – MA


This interactive class is designed to awaken within participants new and deeper awareness of the tools at their disposal for coping emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically with climate disruption, rising levels of hatred, and other global concerns, as well as challenges in their personal lives. Participants will develop a new personal tool that can be used and adapted in the future for dealing with the stresses of the world.


The Loss and Transformation sessions will focus on the interconnections between personal and communal loss and between loss and transformation and the possibility of moving from chronic toxic stress or post-traumatic stress disorder to post-traumatic growth. Although not a grief workshop per se, there will, nevertheless, be opportunities to express and explore emotions around grief, as well as considerations of how grief can provide an opportunity for growth. Exercises will involve exploring and connecting four kinds of “sacred texts”: the texts of the Earth, the texts of our lives, the texts of our communities, and the texts of our tradition, as a way to find deeper connections to and among all of them. Personal exploration assignments to be done between sessions will provide opportunities for allowing memories and feelings to flow and will promote and honor creativity, personal expression, and individual journeys. Assignments to be done between session, which include guided observation explorations, meditations, journaling (with multi-disciplinary options), and responses to thought questions, will be given at each of the first five classes.

Participants should expect to invest 1-2 hours between sessions – the more time invested, the greater will be the impact of the class. A commitment to doing the assignments, actively participating in the discussions, and being present at all sessions is requested of all participants. Each session will last 90 minutes. Sessions will be held every two weeks. Class size is limited to 12. Cost: $120 to JCAN-MA. Scholarships are available if needed. To register, email Janet Green at jcan.intern@gmail.com.com. Click here to donate (under Program, choose “Fiscal Sponsorship” and then write Jewish Climate Action Network – MA in the box). Contact Rabbi Katy with questions at jewishclimateaction@gmail.com.

Pine Hill Congregational Church

Ecological Spirituality Series, Wednesdays 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Guest Teacher: Relationships with "Nature" in a MultiVocal Bible, Wednesday Oct. 30th

Geez Magazine: Climate Justice Issue Commemoration

Monday, October 28, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8 PM

Geez 54: Climate Justice is grounded in the understanding that climate change is inextricably intertwined with systems of colonialism, exploitation, and genocide. If we are to truly move towards a (re)generative way of living, we know that a full transformation will be necessary.

6:00 – Workshop on Gratitude, Grief, and Vision Rabbi Moshe Givental will lead us in a mini Work That Reconnects workshop, helping us respond to crisis and change through connections with each other and the natural world

Geez magazine is a quarterly, non-profit, ad-free, print magazine about social justice, art, and activism for people at the fringes of faith in both Canada and the US. geezmagazine.org  Email Lucia with questions, lucia@geezmagazine.org.