Radical Hope with Fred Small
Radical Hope: an Evening of Songs and Conscience with Fred Small provides an uplifting note to inspire our own continuing climate justice work. Hear him Saturday, April 9 at 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis. Seating is limited. Online sign up is below.
Rev. Small is well known as a UU minister, folk singer, and passionate advocate for climate justice which is now his full-time ministry. Reverend Small will preach on Radical Hope, offering hope in troubled times, at both April 10 Sunday services (9:30am and 11:15am), conduct a workshop, Give Light: Spiritual Nurture for Climate Activism, on Sunday afternoon, and give a concert Saturday night, April 9. All three events will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 27074 Patwin Road, Davis.
It will be a time to learn and deepen a spiritual commitment to saving the earth. Additionally, the weekend will provide an impetus for deeper engagement in advocacy and political activism. Read one of Small’s sermons called The Most Important Number on Earth here.
Turning the tide against global warming will require the largest, most diverse, most creative, and most courageous mass movement in human history. We have no time to lose.
After graduating from Yale with a degree in American studies and the University of Michigan with degrees in law and natural resources, Small worked as a staff attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation. He left CLF to tour internationally as a folksinger and songwriter, releasing seven albums over two decades. He earned a Masters of Divinity from Harvard in 1999.
Fred Small is also a Minister for Climate Justice at Arlington Street Church, Boston, and Director of Faith Outreach for Climate XChange, which advocates for carbon-pricing legislation in Massachusetts. Bill McKibben (founder of 350.org) calls Small “one of the key figures in the religious environmental surge.” Grist selected him one of 15 most influential green religious leaders world wide here.
Saturday Concert: Radical Hope: An Evening of Songs and Conscience – 7pm
In addition to being an activist, he is a musician of some repute. Pete Seeger called Small, “one of America’s best songwriters.” Music critics at The Boston Globe called Small’s work, “Simple majesty in songwriting” and at the New York Times, “Small’s affection and optimism are contagious.” On April 9, the UU sanctuary will likely fill to capacity on Saturday night at 7pm for what will be Fred’s very last concert of his career, Radical Hope: an Evening of Songs and Conscience.
Hear one of his popular songs here.
Tickets for the concert can be purchased here. Seating is limited! The cost is $12. Reduced fee or work study options are available. Please choose that ticket option if needed and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Sunday Workshop: Give Light: Spiritual Nurture for Climate Activism –1pm
On Sunday afternoon from 1:00-3:30 pm Fred will offer an interactive workshop, Give Light: Spiritual Nurture for Climate Activism. He will invite us in to meditation, reflection, prayer and song; strengthening our spirits for the struggle for climate justice. Tickets for the workshop can be purchased here. Seating is limited! The cost is $22. Reduced fee or work study options are available. Please choose that ticket option if needed and contact email@example.com to discuss.
It will be an honor and a pleasure to hear Reverend Small sing, preach and teach. With his ideas and inspiration, the fortunate ones who attend can become more effective advocates for climate justice.
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