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Living on the Hinge of History with Defiant Hope: Engaging the Climate Crisis – G191121

Workshop ID: G191121
Dates: November 10 - November 15
Price: $440.00 - $1,030.00


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Offer Expires 10/1/2019.

The climate crisis provides people of faith with opportunities to embrace new vocations rooted in hope expressed in action. We will move from despair and feeling overwhelmed to joyful engagement as we understand and experience our call to make a difference on a local, national and global level. Climate activist and denominational leader Rev. Dr. Jim Antal will examine the most recent science as well as our grief over the loss of our home as we identify and commit to grounded, resilient strategies to thwart the impending crises, amidst the poignant locale of Ghost Ranch.

As a participant, you will experience a safe context in which you can discern how God is calling forth your distinctive gifts to address the greatest moral crisis humanity has ever faced. You will practice and hone various strategies for engagement. By the time we finish, you will have identified and “owned” commitments to spiritual practices and vocational directions to engage the challenge before us. The quiet, stark beauty of the surroundings will help you to get more deeply in touch — and to fall in love (again) — with God’s magnificent gift of creation. The quiet will allow you to encounter an inner voice that too often is drowned out by the cacophony of our busy lives.


This retreat is based on Rev. Dr. Antal’s book, Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change, which was featured on Earth Day 2018 in The Chicago Tribune.



Rev. Dr. Jim Antal is a denominational leader, climate activist, author and public theologian. He serves as Special Advisor on Climate Change to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.

Over the past 13 years Rev. Antal has served as the head of the UCC for the 350 UCC churches in Massachusetts, and the national climate spokesperson for the UC C. He has preached on climate change in over 200 churches (and other venues including Harvard, Yale, and other universities) to tens of thousands of folks.

Antal is a graduate of Princeton University, Andover Newton Theological School, and Yale Divinity School, where he was Henri Nouwen‘ s teaching assistant. In 2017, Yale Divinity School honored him with the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice. An env ironmental activist from the first Earth Day in 1970, in July 2017 Antal authored a resolution declaring a new moral era in opposition to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.

Photo by Julie Amador.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,030.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$980.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$800.00
Camping RV$560.00
Camping w/Electricity$535.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$440.00
Jim Antal

Jim Antal is a denominational leader, climate activist, author and public theologian. He serves as Special Advisor on Climate Change to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Antal’s book, CLIMATE


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Living on the Brink of History with Defiant Hope: Engaging the Climate Crisis

Instructor: Jim Antal

Start Date: 11/10/19, End Date: 11/15/19

Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 11/10/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm

Invitation: Thanks for your interest in this workshop. If you feel called to face the climate crisis – or to engage it in a deeper way – this workshop will give you an opportunity to discern your next steps. We will explore environmental racism as we examine how climate change is already increasing inequality, starvation, homelessness, migration and all forms of injustice. If you participate in a worshiping community, you will come away with strategies and ideas that will help your house of worship become a voice for climate justice. By taking a deep dive together, we will be able to share our grief and amplify our courage to address the greatest moral crisis humanity has ever faced.

Learning Outcomes: Learn why scientists are increasingly alarmed. Understand and embrace why and how climate change must inform everyone’s vocation Learn why climate change is an injustice amplifier and multiplier. Identify specific ways people of faith and houses of worship are called to actively engage climate change.

Course Schedule: I imagine that each morning will begin with some journaling – or perhaps sharing from journaling that participants had done the previous day. This could be done as a whole group or in diads or triads. The day might also begin with a poem or brief prose meditation. I would then present for 60-90 minutes. After a break, we would re-gather for Q&A/discussion. Total morning time: about 2 . hours. Then, most afternoons we would re-gather to engage in an exercise. For 3 days, the whole group would be involved a group exercise. For 1 or 2 days, I’d offer a few alternative exercises for participants to choose from and form a few small groups each pursuing a different topic.

Testimonials: Since publishing Climate Church, Climate World in March 2018, hundreds of congregations have used it as a guide for engagement and a source of hope. In January 2019, Sojourners Magazine published It’s Now or Never on Climate Change in which I provided an update on the current calamity and the increasing resistance. In May 2019, I will be honored as a recipient of the Steward of Creation Award alongside Prof. Katharine Hayhoe and Rev. Gerald Durley. Over the past twenty years, the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care has given this award to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Bill McKibben, the Sioux Nation, James Hansen, and Wendell Berry (among others). For Earth Day 2019, the Christian Century Magazine gave a very favorable review of my book, echoing the feature review in the Chicago Tribune on Earth Day 2018. In June 2019 I expect to be championing a resolution I have drafted in support of the Green New Deal for the national UCC Synod. On Earth Day 2020 I will be preaching at Riverside Church NYC.

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
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All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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