Recommended Events Calendar for December 2019

Tuesday, December 3 • Climate Change, Environmental Justice Conference
Tuesday, December 3 •  Louisville Sustainability Forum
Thursday, December 5 • Metro Council Meeting: 100% Renewable Energy Resolution
Saturday, December 7 •  2019 Kentucky Alliance Unity Dinner
Monday, December 9 •  Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
Saturday, December 14 •  Bernheim Pipeline Hike
Sunday, December 15 •  Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s Winter Festival of Hope
Tuesday, December 17 •  Greater Louisville Sierra Club Winter Potluck
Saturday December 21 •  ECO Kids: Hot Chocolate Hike
Saturday, December 21 •  Winter Solstice Gathering at Way of the Heart
Saturday, December 28 •  Mapping Life: Seeing Our Lives with New Clarity

January Preview

Starting Thursday, January 2 •  Compassion Cultivation Training Class w/ Anne Walter
Thursday, January 2, Friday, January 3, Monday, January 6 •  Winter Break Day Camp
Starting Tuesday, January 7 •  The Great Work with Kyle Kramer and Tim Darst
Monday, January 20 •  Annual Martin Luther Ling Day Celebration at St William

And More

Read about Richard Louv’s new book: Our Wild Calling

Interfaith Paths To Peace Names Jud Hendrix as New Executive Director

Tuesday, December 3, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Climate Change, Environmental Justice - Investing in Our Future
Simmons College of Kentucky,
1000 S Fourth St, 40203
"Climate Change, Environmental Justice - Investing in Our Future" is the theme of The West Jefferson County Community Task Force’s (WJCCTF) fourth annual Environmental Justice Conference. WJCCTF was established by the Jefferson County Division of Environmental Health and Protection to identify environmental problems in the West Louisville area.

The NAACP states "From the ballot box to the classroom, the dedicated workers, organizers, and leaders who forged this great organization and maintain its status as a champion of social justice, fought long and hard to ensure that the voices of African Americans would be heard. For nearly one hundred years, it has been the talent and tenacity of NAACP members that has saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society. " They are committed to the cause of Environmental Justice and with the West Jefferson County Community Task Force dedicate their efforts to address the environmental issues that impact our world and are especially detrimental to disenfranchised and underserved individuals and communities whose voices are often not heard.

The WJCCTF believes that "Robotics replacing man, new ways of learning, quantity vs. quality, the race for control vs. outcome, disregarding consequences, stem from demands we as consumers require, allowing ourselves to become complacent to the physical world around us, not realizing that we all have three things in common, the air we breathe, the water we consume and the soil that sustains us." Our fragile world is being impacted by climate change now, not just in the future. This conference is designed to focus our attention and efforts and inform us about Climate Change - Environmental Justice - Investing in Our Future.

Environmental Stewardship has a name. Is it yours? Register here .

Conference registration is free. Sponsorships are welcomed.Continental breakfast and lunch is provided. Watch our Facebook page for info on presenters, as we finalize details.

Questions? Call (502) 645-3588 or email

Tuesday, December 3, 12 – 1:30 pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum
Passionist Earth and Spirit Center,
1924 Newburg Road, 40205
Please join the Louisville Sustainability Forum each month for interesting and informative presentations, dialogue, and networking about sustainability issues. At each meeting there are one featured presentation and two shorter presentations plus discussion, announcements, and opportunity for community-building.

Main Presentation

Three Steps to Restore Human Balance with Nature: Part 1
with Barry Zalph

Many of us feel confident that life on earth will continue in creative bounty regardless of human actions. Nonetheless, we humans might well take ourselves out of the story (and kill off many other creatures) by means of our ill-considered actions. Barry will describe a trio of steps by which we can re-establish balance and harmony with the ecosphere with which we have co-evolved. He identifies these steps as Accountability, Alternatives, and Action and suggests a framework for each. This first presentation will focus on step one, Accountability, in which we identify core imbalances and their causes, and hold the responsible parties accountable.

Barry Zalph, a retired engineer, worked in sustainable transportation, energy and resource conservation, and education for 30 years. At Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, he developed projects and policies to conserve energy and reduce pollution emissions. He co-founded the advocacy and education group Bicycling for Louisville, and served as its executive director for 5 years. He has practiced principles of sustainability in his personal transportation, diet, household, and advocacy since the 1970s. He holds BSE and MS degrees in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke University, and a PhD in wood engineering and timber mechanics from Virginia Tech.

Shorter Presentations

Non-Traditional Celebrations
Phyllis Fitzgerald

Being Maximally Green
Max Green

Thursday, December 5, 3:00 pm
Metro Council Parks and Sustainability Meeting:
100% Renewable Energy Resolution
City Hall, 601 West Jefferson St, 40203
Come show your support for the 100% Clean Renewable Energy Resolution by attending this Metro Council Parks and Sustainability Committee meeting where the resolution will be on the agenda for the sixth time. We believe a vote on the Resolution is likely. There will be small signs available for you to hold while the Resolution is being discussed. The meeting will be held in council chambers in City Hall, 601 West Jefferson St.

Here is a list of previous committee meetings in which the Resolution was discussed (including the group that provided testimony each time):
• August 15 - none
• October 3 - Metro Public Works
• October 17 - Resolution advocates
• October 31 - LG&E
• November 14 - Energy Manager of Cincinnati

Sometimes meetings are cancelled and agendas change. You can confirm that the meeting is still scheduled and the Resolution still on the agenda by clicking either here or here .

You can see videos of previous testimony by clicking  here . (See especially the Cincinnati Energy Manager at the Nov. 14 video’s 22:15 mark.)

You can take more action and get more info at this website .

Saturday, December 7, 6 - 9 pm
2019 Kentucky Alliance
Unity Dinner
Hotel Louisville, 120 W Broadway, 40202

It was forty-five years ago that the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression emerged from the movement to free Angela Davis and started down the road for justice and freedom in Louisville and around the South.

In 2019 we celebrate that history and the struggle that gave us birth by having as our keynote speaker for this year’s Kentucky Alliance Unity Dinner, Bobby Seale, a co-founder and organizer of the Black Panther Party.

At this year’s annual gathering, one of the Louisville social justice community’s favorite events, we will be honoring community activist Ms. Lucille Leggett with the Carl and Anne Braden Lifetime Achievement Award. And we will also honor the Black Six, those brought to trial for the 1968 rebellion that protested the possible reinstatement of a white policeman for brutally beating a Black man weeks earlier. And other "Unsung Heroes", those doing important work mostly behind the scenes will be honored as well.

As we do every year, from 5-6pm, we will have the "Social Justice Hour" where you'll find tabling by some of Louisville's social justice groups.

Individual tickets are $60 with a discounted price of $40 for students. Tables of eight are $480. Reserve your seats now by going to to pay online. Or send a check payable to the Kentucky Alliance, PO Box 1543, Louisville, KY 40201.

We hope you will join us as we celebrate 45 years of fighting for freedom and justice!


Monday, December 9, 6:30 pm
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
First Unitarian Church,
809 South Fourth Street, 40203

Join the Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth for our monthly meeting! Agenda TBA.

As always, food will be provided, and we welcome you to bring a dish to share. Our meetings are family-friendly and casual. Young folks are welcome to attend and participate in the meeting, and we'll have some supplies on hand to help keep younger kids busy. If you need childcare, please email .

First Unitarian Church is wheelchair accessible and has gender neutral bathrooms. If there is anything else that would make this meeting more accessible for you, please reach out to .

Saturday, December 14, 2 - 4 pm
Bernheim Pipeline Hike
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Ky

This will be a short hike through the newly acquired Cedar Grove section of Bernheim Forest including the proposed LG&E pipeline right-of-way.  Andrew Berry, Conservation Manager, will lead the expedition and speak briefly about the need to preserve this wildlife corridor as a connection to nearby natural areas. Sam Avery will speak briefly about the need to prevent long-range dependence on new fossil fuel infrastructure. For location details, contact .

Sunday, December 15, 5 pm - 8 pm
Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s Winter Festival of Hope
1501 Castlewood Ave, 40204

Come out to enjoy an evening of live music, sweet treats, warm drinks and family fun! Bring your family, friends and neighbors and join us for this celebration of fellowship and community, and share your hopes for the New Year.

Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s mission is to restore, enhance and forever protect Louisville’s Olmsted-designed parks and parkways, connecting nature and neighborhood while strengthening the community’s well-being.
Locust Grove

Tuesday, December 17, 6 – 8:30 pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club Winter Potluck
Locust Grove Visitor Center
561 Blankenbaker Lane, 40207
We will host our traditional Winter Solstice Celebration on Tuesday, December 17, 6:00 p.m. at historic Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY (for directions see It is a potluck event, but we will provide the meat (Momma’s BBQ) and the drinks.

Please join us for a casual dinner and engaging fellowship as we celebrate the successes of 2019, wrap up a challenging and productive year, and welcome special guests. We’ll return to the UCHM building for our monthly program on Tuesday, January 21.

Saturday December 21,
9 am - 4:30 pm
ECO Kids: Hot Chocolate Hike
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Ky
Earn a free cup of hot chocolate by completing the On Your Own Challenge hiking sheet and turning it in at Isaac’s Café – yum!

9 am - 5 pm:   On Your Own Challenge, a self-guided adventure
1 pm - 4 pm:   Hands-On Discovery Stations, led by Volunteer Naturalists
2 pm - 3 pm:   Hike of the Day, led by a Bernheim guide

$10 per car recommended donation applies to non-members.

 Saturday, December 21, 1 pm - 10 pm
Winter Solstice Gathering
Way of the Heart Woods, Indiana
Free and Open to everyone! Please RSVP by emailing us at so we don't overbook the parking area. We encourage carpooling!

We will bask in the Forest, connect with the infinite within ourselves, give thanks for the return of Light and embrace the ageless wisdom that darkness holds. Without fear, we sit in stillness, with great joy we dance and sing around the great fire, with community we feed each other and with Love we invite healing for ourselves and the world.

"The longest night has come once more,
the sun has set, and darkness fallen.
The trees are bare, the earth asleep,
and the skies are cold and black.
Yet tonight we rejoice, in this longest night,
embracing the darkness that enfolds us.
We welcome the night and all that it holds,
as the light of the stars shines down.

Saturday, December 28, 1 - 3 pm
Mapping Life:
Seeing Our Lives with New Clarity
Just Faith, 224 Woodbine Street, 40208
As you prepare for a new year, would you like fresh perspective on your life?

Do you want to make changes in your life, but aren’t sure where to start?

Do you understand things better when you can see them?

Mapping Life: Seeing Our Lives with New Clarity offers a Nonviolent Communication (NVC) framework for examining your life more closely. NVC is a communication tool that cultivates empathy and understanding for oneself and others. The workshop will include a short teaching of the NVC framing and guidelines to create your map using this framing. Then you’ll have ample time to work on your map, looking at past, present, and future, as well as various areas of your life, such as work, play, friendships, spirituality. Facilitated and offered by Heart Communication and Cory Lockhart.

Through this visual mapping you will:

- see more clearly the places of abundance and scarcity in your life
- understand more fully the needs and values that motivate you to action or deplete you of energy
- begin to explore ways you can act differently to address needs that are not currently being met

Investment is $30. Register by December 21 using the coupon code EARLYBIRD and pay only $25. I do not want money to be a limiting factor. Please contact me if you'd like to attend, but have limited resources and we may be able to negotiate something that works for both of us.

Coming in January

Starting Thursday, January 2, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Compassion Cultivation Training Class Series with Anne Walter
Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion
411 N Hubbards Lane, 40207
Beyond expanding empathy and concern for others, CCT develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and the resilience to prevent compassion fatigue. This process involves training our minds, developing skills in relating to ourselves and others by intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions, qualities that enhance our personal relationships and help us make a positive difference in the world.

8 Thursdays, Jan 2 - Feb 20, 6:30 - 8:30pm: Priced according to your ability: $150, $265, $370; CEs: $50 fee. Limit: 15 students; Register here .

Thursday, January 2, 9 am - 4 pm
Friday, January 3, 9 am - 4 pm
Monday, January 6, 9 am - 4 pm
Winter Break
Day Camp
Louisville Nature Center
3745 Illinois Ave, 40213
Come take a walk in this Winter Wonderland! Discover the forest in the winter: track animals in the snow (or mud??), learn how animals survive in the cold. Of course there will be plenty of games and arts and crafts. $45 per day per child; $38 for Members. Before and after care from 8am-9am and 4pm-5pm is available at $10 per child. Call 458-1328 to register.

At the center of Louisville and adjacent to the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, the Louisville Nature Center features a large education facility and reference library. It is located within an upland and floodplain forest that has over 180 species of trees, shrubs and flowering plants. It is also home to over 150 species of resident and migratory birds and other animals. The grounds include a rain garden, two attractive water features and several other gardens that are home to butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects.

Starting Tuesday, January 7 10 am or 7 pm
The Great Work
with Kyle Kramer and Tim Darst
Earth and Spirit Center Barn
1924 Newburg, Avenue, 40205
Offered as five 90-minute sessions, once a week beginning Tuesday, January 7.

Human beings are the most advanced species on planet Earth – and we have also become the most destructive. If you puzzle at this conundrum, this course can help you understand the unique role that human beings play in our evolving, interconnected universe, and how we can harness our collective energies for personal, social, and planetary flourishing. 

This course explores how we can make a transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to recognizing and celebrating the sacredness of all creation and finding our place within the web of life. Drawing primarily upon the work of the cultural historian and theologian Thomas Berry, in whose lineage the Earth & Spirit Center was founded, the course explores our current ecological and cultural crises and considers the values, vision, and practical solutions we need for the healing of our world. The goal is to engage in what Berry calls "the Great Work" of our time: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet.

Call 502.452.2749 or email , or go online at

Monday, January 20, 1 pm
Annual Martin Luther King
Day Celebration
at St William, 1226 West Oak Street
And More

Read about Richard Louv’s new book:
Our Wild Calling

Interfaith Paths To Peace
Names Jud Hendrix
to be Next Executive Director
Interfaith Paths to Peace announced the selection of Jud Hendrix to be the next Executive Director. Bryan Warren, a member of the Executive Committee said, “With Jud’s hire, IPP gets a visionary community leader who brings experience from the faith, social justice non-profit and government sectors. His work with people across the community has brought to life innovative new projects like the Big Table to bridge thoughtful dialogue across differences. His leadership will bring new opportunities for IPP to join others in advancing compassion in Louisville.”

“I am deeply honored to join the IPP community and continue their rich history of interfaith and interspiritual education, collaboration and peacemaking. I believe a more just, equitable and thriving Louisville is possible if we can harvest and harness the wisdom and practice of our diverse religious and spiritual communities and join together in creative and collaborative action.”

Anne Walter, a board member of IPP and Director of the Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion said, “I'm excited to welcome IPP's new full-time director, Jud Hendrix, who brings with him well-tuned skills and longtime commitment to building bridges in Louisville. We are excited to work with him to propel IPP into an expanded leadership role in the interfaith and peacemaking community.”

“The date of the announcement is significant,” said Rhody Streeter, a board member of IPP. “November 11 is known in Europe as Armistice Day - celebrated as the end of World War I and also the date Louisville signed our Charter for Compassion, and these two commitments, peace and compassion are the pillars of our work. So it is entirely appropriate that Interfaith Paths to Peace announces their hiring of Jud Hendrix on this date.”

Jud Hendrix has been a leading social entrepreneur, connector, and change agent in Louisville for more than 30 years. He was the co-founder of the Big Table: The World’s Largest Potluck, the Project Catalyst for Lean Into Louisville, the Executive Director of The Global Human Project, the Compassion in Action Coordinator at Kentucky Refugee Ministries, the co-creator and Pastor of Covenant Community Church and an Associate Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church. Jud is finishing his Ph.D. at Bellarmine University in Education and Social Change and is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.

Interfaith Paths to Peace is a grassroots community peacemaking organization. We have been serving the community for over 20 years with a mission of bringing people of different faiths, cultures, and philosophies together for the purpose of interfaith understanding and social justice based on the principles of peace. We do this mainly through the three pathways of educating, peacemaking, and collaborating. Our vision is to leave a more peaceful world for future generations.
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