Two things this week: a splendid organization and a beautiful church initiative.
In chapter 6 of Refugia Faith, I explore a bit the ways in which activism can become a refugia space. Joining together with others and engaging in meaningful work creates community and builds capacity for growth–key aspects of refugia. Activist groups can therefore become sort of “pop-up refugia.”
So under this heading, I refer back to that inspiring Zoom call this week with the good people of Third Act. This is a brand new group inviting “elders” over 60 years old (I don’t quite qualify, but they let me in anyway) to join in supporting climate action. While youthful leadership is an impressive feature of the climate movement, this group aims to leverage the strengths of older folks. The people involved are experienced, savvy, diverse, and lovely.
Third Act is working on two major initiatives right now: securing voting rights and persuading the top four biggest, most guilty banks to stop funding the fossil fuel industry.
Even better, Third Act is building out sub-groups, including an interfaith group that is already up and running. To find out more, check out their website.