Recommended Events for November 2020

Wednesday the 4th • Interfaith Paths to Peace Presents: A Thousand Years of Healing
Wednesday the 4th • Silent Vigil for Racial Justice at Big Four Bridge Lawn
Thursday the 5th • Louisville Community Grocery Garden Mixer
Thursday the 5th • LSURJ Meeting: What's Next? Post Election Strategies
Friday the 6th • Five Dollar Friday Family Forest Foray at Bernheim
Tuesday the 10th • ReCenter, ReGround, ReFresh: A Post Election Process
Wednesday the 11th • Loretta Ross on Calling in the Call Out Culture
Wednesday the 11th • Silent Vigil for Racial Justice at Big Four Bridge Lawn
Thursday the 12th • Climate Crossroads: The intersections of Climate Change & Social Justice
Friday the 13th • Five Dollar Friday Family Forest Foray at Bernheim
Saturday the 14th • Navigating the Now: Transformative Tools for These Times
Saturday the 14th • REAL Good News: Local Action for Climate Care
Tuesday the 17th • Grounding in Gratitude with Mark Steiner
Tuesday the 17th • Louisville Story Program: The Fights We Fought Have Brought Us Here
Tuesday the 17th • Sierra Club presents Jeff Young on Appalachian Fall
Wednesday the 18th • Silent Vigil for Racial Justice at Big Four Bridge Lawn
Friday the 20th • Five Dollar Friday Family Forest Foray at Bernheim
Saturday the 21st • Grounding in Gratitude with Mark Steiner
Saturday the 21st • Night Hike at Louisville Nature Center
Sunday the 22nd • Becoming Earthlings: Embracing our Ecological Identity
Monday the 23rd • Mapping Gratitude: Noticing and Expressing Thanks
Wednesday the 25th • Grounding in Gratitude with Mark Steiner

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2020 Louisville Earth Walk!
Despite the challenges presented by the Covid Crisis you all made it a success.

Wednesday, November 4, 3 pm

Interfaith Paths to Peace Presents
A Thousand Years of Healing: Our Roles In Moving Forward

Offered Online
Join Louisvillians from across our city as we share and reflect on ways we will move forward to bring about healing in our community. 2020 has been a challenging and polarizing year, yet we believe another way is possible as each commit to doing our part to “hum, and call, and create a Changing Song."

You are invited to join in our Zoom conversation and in less than minute share; 1) how we can heal as a community and, 2) what you are committing to do to make that happen. The conversation will be recorded and shared to inspire a movement of healing across our city.
IPP Zoom:  Password - 938122

November 4, 11 and 18,
5 - 5:40 pm

Silent Vigils for Racial Justice

Big Four Bridge Lawn

Individuals from different Buddhist sanghas in Louisville offer this series of 12-week silent and in-person vigils for racial justice and community safety for all people. Masks and social distancing. Inspired by Buddhist principles and a commitment to non-harming, compassion, and loving-kindness for all beings, these vigils are open to all. After brief opening words, each session consists of three consecutive periods of 8 minutes and 46 seconds of meditation, prayer, or reflection. These vigils are part of a larger interfaith campaign entitled “A Sacred Calling: Community Safety for All.”

Sign up for more information about this initiative here.

Thursday, November 5,
5:30 - 6:30 pm

Louisville Showing Up For Racial Justice
Monthly Meeting
What's Next? Post-Election Strategies

Offered Online
Let's gather after Election Day and find ways to take action together, especially if we need to show up to make sure every vote is counted. And whatever the outcome of the election, our work to end white silence about white supremacy will need to continue--join us!

Register here:

ASL interpretation available--please request by emailing

Learn more about LSURJ at

Thursday, November 5, 7 - 10 pm

Louisville Community
Grocery Garden Mixer

1205.5 S 6th Street, 40203
Postponed by one week for some clear skies. See you for a sneak peek FB live 10/29 at 7:30, and see you in the space Thursday 11/5 (don't forget to vote!!!)

Join us for a real life celebration of Fall bounty and community with local musicians, artists, leaders in food justice and politics, and food producers. Owners, volunteers, and board members, bring guests who are interested in joining the movement! Open to all, and information on owning with the co-op will be shared at the event.

Note, this event will be indoor-outdoor with most of our time in the lovely back garden on our new HQ / shop front in Old Louisville!

Friday, November 6
Friday, November 13
Friday, November 20
10 - 11 am or 1 - 2 pm

Five Dollar Friday
Family Forest Foray

Bernheim Forest, Clermont, KY
Bernheim is happy to offer the opportunity for families to come out to Bernheim for a hike with a Bernheim naturalist every Friday. There will be two hikes offered per day, one from 10-11 a.m. and another from 1-2 p.m. Each Friday will feature a new hike to a different place for exploration, adventure, and a little bit of learning.

Space is limited and social distancing protocol will be enforced. Masks required when family groups are within 6 feet of others. $5 per person, regardless of age, member and non-member rate. Registration required by 4 p.m. the day prior to the program. Call (502) 955-8512 or click here. Space is limited.

Tuesday, November 10, 8-10 pm

ReCenter • ReGround • ReFresh
An Online Post-Election Spiral Process
based on the Work that Reconnects

Offered online

You’re invited to sign up for a small group process, guided by experienced facilitators, to move through a despair and empowerment spiral to process the intensity of the current moment--the societal impacts of this US presidential election in the midst of climate chaos--and recenter, reground, and refresh in order to take empowered action.

Each event will be limited to 25 people (one Zoom screen) to create an interactive space for processing and working through the spiral. Please only register if you can commit to being there live at the time of the event. These programs will not be recorded.

The program listed above is one among many. The registration link will take you to a list of options including the program spotlighted above facilitated by Kathleen Rude and Mark Steiner. Register here.

These programs are not limited to people within the US. However we will be focused on the current events in the US, with recognition that they have impact globally. The modality featured is the Work that Reconnects (

Wednesday, November 11
from 5:30 to 7:30pm

The 14th Annual Braden Memorial Lecture
featuring Loretta Ross on
Calling in the Call Out Culture

Offered Online
Loretta Ross is a feminist and anti-racist leader with 45 years' experience in intersectional social movement-building, ranging from the National Anti-Klan Network to co-founding SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.

Visiting Associate Professor at Smith College in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Ross transforms anger into social justice to change the world.

Register in advance for this webinar:
For more information contact us at:
(502) 852-6142

To register:

Thursday, November 12, 12 - 4 pm

Annual 2020 Louisville Sustainability Summit
Climate Crossroads:
Exploring the intersections of
Climate Change and Social Justice

Offered Online
This event will highlight the deep roots of climate change and race, health, gender, and equity. The 2020 Summit will provide a platform for local, regional, and national speakers with diverse backgrounds and expertise, specifically highlighting women and experts of color. This will be a space for unpacking and understanding through productive, progressive conversation followed by action steps you can take today.

It is the LSC’s goal to connect communities, convene strategically, and provide resources, tools, and education for a more equitable and just future. We can’t wait to see you there!

Registration and details here.

Saturday, November 14, 12 - 5 pm EST

Navigating the Now:
Transformative Tools for
These Times
with Renee Ananda &
Aim Me Smiley

Way of the Heart Woods, Indiana
(Covid restrictions apply)
This empowering and equipping retreat will help you find inner calm in the eye of the storm in the remarkable offering of nature in Way of the Heart Woods.

Come for an afternoon of release, reflection, rejuvenation, and find your center of peace. Nurture yourself in the serene offering of nature in Way of the Heart Woods.

There is a way to navigate this now and find calm amidst the chaos. Knowing the tools to help us transform in these times will equip and empower us to slow down, revel in the moment instead of escaping it, and among all the madness and chaos that surrounds you, be at peace within.

In these challenging times and what may come in the months ahead, you can be better empowered and equipped to live in calm in the face of chaos.

We will release in the fire of transformation our concerns, anger, sadness, and dismay for our world, the Earth, our families, and ourselves – calling in surrender, trust, and the tools to navigate this now

We will connect with and deepen our inner center of peace calling in rooted, compassionate connection and loving detachment.

Covid restrictions including safe distancing and masks will be in place. Details with registration.

Saturday, November 14
6:30 to 8:00pm

REAL Good News:
Local Action for Climate Care

A Virtual Conversation

Join the members of REAL, the Renewable Energy Alliance of Louisville, to learn more about what Louisville is doing for the sake of our climate.

Keynote speakers:
Sam Avery, Nancy Givens, & Margaret Stewart
REAL - Renewable Energy Alliance of Louisville

Guest speaker:
Markus Winkler,
District 17 Metro Councilman

Music by:
John Gage, folksinger

Register for this free Zoom event:

Sponsored by St. Paul United Methodist Church
and Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light

Tuesday, November 17 at 2 pm
Saturday, November 21 at 10 am
Wednesday, November 25 at 6pm

Grounding in Gratitude

An online workshop inspired by
Joanna Macy’s
Work that Reconnects

Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about. - Mary Oliver

As we struggle to find balance and meaning during these strange and challenging times it becomes increasingly important to focus on that which feeds our hearts and minds. In this 90-minute experiential workshop we will explore how gratitude and a focus on nature can become primary sources of renewal and hope providing much needed grounding and rejuvenation. Offered on 3 dates and times, choose the one that best fits your schedule.

Cost: Donation basis

These workshops are limited to 12 participants. Registration is through zoom:
for Tuesday, November 17 at 2 pm click here
for Saturday, November 21 at 10 am click here
for Wednesday, November 25 at 6pm click

To learn more about the work that reconnections explore these videos.
Tuesday, November 17, 6 - 7 pm

Louisville Story Program Book Launch:
The Fights We Fought
Have Brought Us Here
Offered Online

Celebrate the publication of The Fights We Fought Have Brought Us Here.

Ten young writers from Central High School write about the fights they've fought that have brought them to where they are today.

Book launch events are important celebrations of the hard work our authors put in to create the books you love so much. Unfortunately, the authors of The Fights We Fought Have Brought Us Here will not be able to benefit from a large public event. So, please mark your calendars and join us for our first ever virtual book launch on Tuesday, November 17 at 6pm.

Register here.

Tuesday, November 17, 7pm

Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents:
Jeff Young on
Appalachian Fall

Offered Online
Please join us for a presentation by Jeff Young, author of an important new book, Appalachian Fall. We’ll meet virtually, via Zoom. Here’s the link to sign up-

Since its launch in 2016 the Ohio Valley ReSource has documented the extraordinary change underway in what has long been a bedrock element of Appalachian economies and culture: the coal industry. Their coverage shows how the industry’s sharp decline challenges coal-dependent communities that are now left with the legacy costs of mining and the task of reinventing local economies.

They have compiled years of reporting and interviews in a book, “Appalachian Fall: Dispatches From Coal Country On What’s Ailing America.” In it they share the ground-level stories of those dealing with coal’s collapse and its costs; out-of-work miners blockading a railroad; men and women sickened by an epidemic resurgence of black lung disease; families and communities struggling with polluted water.

They introduce you to the innovative and dedicated people tackling the worst effects of an addiction crisis, mass economic dislocation, and environmental injustice, people who are inventing new ways to make a living and revive rural communities.

They also explore what those stories reveal about America today: What does the nation owe to a region that provided fuel for others for a century, and what is at risk if the country stands by watching as Appalachia, and its people, fall further behind?

Jeff Young is the managing editor of Ohio Valley ReSource, a regional journalism collaborative reporting on economic and social change in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. The ReSource includes seven public media outlets across the three states, including WFPL in Louisville, and aims to strengthen news coverage of the area’s most important issues. Jeff previously worked for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and was a Washington correspondent for the Public Radio International program “Living on Earth.” Jeff grew up near Huntington, West Virginia, and studied journalism and biology at Marshall University and the University of Charleston. His reporting has been recognized with numerous awards, and he was named a 2012 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University. He lives in Louisville with his wife, Helen, and their daughters, Hazel and Louisa.

November 21,
7 - 8 pm

Night Hike

Louisville Nature Center,
3745 Illinois Ave, 40213

Join us for a guided hike through the forest after dark.

For safety, this event will be limited to a maximum of 10 participants. Masks required for all in attendance.

Located in the center of Louisville and adjacent to the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, the LNC offers nature and sustainability education, as well as an urban wilderness experience. The unique urban forest includes two miles of hiking trails through the 41 acre Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, and 30 acres of surrounding forest.

The Nature Center and Preserve are located on 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 Nature Play Area, a Bird Blind, a Rain Garden and a Sensory Garden that are home to butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects, and the center itself, which houses a few reptiles and amphibians, as well as other native wildlife specimens.
Earth 2012

Sunday, November 22, 11 am

Clifton Unitarian Church Presents
Becoming Earthlings:
Embracing our Ecological Identity

Offered online
Guest presenter Mark Steiner will explore the importance of recognizing and embracing our Earthly origins. He’ll do this through the lens of the foundations of the Work that Reconnects as articulated by Joanna Macy. 

Those foundations are:
• This world, in which we are born and take our being, is alive.
• Our true nature is far more ancient and encompassing than the separate self defined by habit and society. 
• Our experience of pain for the world springs from our inter-connectedness with all beings, from which also arises our powers to act on their behalf.
• Unblocking occurs when our pain for the world is not only intellectually validated, but experienced.
• When we reconnect with life, by willingly enduring our pain for it, the mind retrieves its natural clarity, and the experience of reconnection with the Earth community arouses desire to act on Earth’s behalf.

We hope you’ll join us.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 833 2399 2863
Passcode: 634304

Monday, November 23, 7 - 9 pm

Mapping Gratitude:
Noticing and Expressing Thanks for the Good in Our Lives

an online workshop

Gratitude practices are central to many spiritual traditions. Recent scientific studies show that gratitude not only gives us a spiritual boost, but also enhances our physical and psychological well-being. Practicing gratitude encourages us to move out of a scarcity mindset to one in which we notice the abundant good in our lives.

Want to spend an evening exploring the abundance in your life, even in the midst of 2020’s tumult?

In this 2-hour workshop you will be guided through the process of creating a gratitude map. Based on the compassionate communication framework of observation, feelings, and needs, the workshop will include a short teaching and ample time for you to reflect, create your gratitude maps, and share in the abundance with each other.

For details, costs and registration visit here

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