First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego

                                                                                                 For Immediate Release
                                                                                                                       
Thursday, March 8, 2018


Contact: Rev. Bonnie Tarwater, Affiliate Community Minister
Telephone: (858) 248-5123



                                  A Reunion of Science and Religion
Earth Day Weekend Celebration with International Environmental Leaders

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego will hold an intergenerational Earth Day weekend celebration, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Sat., April 21, 4190 Front St. San Diego, CA 92103.

Veerabhadran Ramanathan, eminent climate scientist and adviser to Pope Francis, and the Rev. John B. Cobb Jr., environmentalist, author, and renowned theologian, will speak about uniting people throughout the world to help save the Earth from environmental catastrophe.

Ramanathan is a distinguished professor at Scripps Institute of Oceanography at University of California San Diego and UNESCO Professor of Climate and Policy TERI University, New Delhi, India. In 1975, Ramanathan discovered the greenhouse effect of halocarbons.

Cobb is a scholar in the field of  process philosophy  and process theology. He is the author of more than 50 books and is described as one of the most significant theologians of the past century. His is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a major influence in the ecologic movement in China visiting with the Vice President of China, Mr. Jialu Xu, in 2017. In 2015 at age 90, he was the architect of a major world conference with Claremont School of Theology, “Seizing and Alternative: Toward an Ecologic Civilization,” with over 200 people from China in attendance.

The speakers, in association with the work of Pope Francis, are a monumental force in helping to unite science and religion in the service of humanity and all of creation.

The Sikh community has generously donated an Indian vegetarian dinner, representing “the equality and oneness of all humankind.” Before dinner, Earth Justice organizations will be available for a popcorn reception with music.

People of all faiths and ages are welcome. The program includes interactive music with the Martin Luther King community choir, giant rod puppets, and ritual. Young people from many faith communities are making hand puppets for the event.

Please RSVP to the dinner by going to www.earthdayreunion.eventbrite.com .  The suggested donation is $10 for the afternoon program and reception. Child care is available.

 Co-sponsors of this event are SanDiego350 , and Church for Our Common Home, a church and counseling center, www.churchforourcommonhome.com .
 On Earth Day, the following day, Cobb will preach at 10 a.m. at the Church for Our Common Home, 13014 Calle De las Rosas, San Diego, CA 92129.
For more information, contact the Rev. Bonnie Tarwater, (858) 248-5123, revtarwater@yahoo.com.