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Rev. Fred Small on Justice, Equity, Compassion & Climate change Feb 17

Rev. Fred Small on Justice, Equity, Compassion & Climate change  Feb 17

Rev. Fred Small will speak at 10am Sunday Feb 17 at First Parish Sudbury, 327 Concord Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776, directions here.

“Praise Be the Flood” Scientists predict that climate change will have dire consequences for humanity and the planet we inhabit. Can global warming move us to change course and build a new society grounded in justice, equity, and compassion?

A Unitarian Universalist parish minister for nearly two decades, Fred is also a singer-songwriter and environmental lawyer. In 2015 he left parish ministry to devote his energies to climate advocacy.

One of the first to engage in civil disobedience to draw attention to climate change, he was arrested with 21 others in prayer outside the US Department of Energy in Washington, DC, in May 2001. In 2007, he was a lead organizer of the Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue from Northampton to Boston, Massachusetts. Grist Magazine has named him one of 15 Green Religious Leaders worldwide.

Educated at Yale (BA 1974) and the University of Michigan (JD and MS in Natural Resources 1978), Fred served as a staff attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation. In 1980, Fred left CLF to tour internationally as a folksinger and songwriter, releasing seven albums over two decades (http://rounder.com/). Pete Seeger called him “one of America’s best songwriters.” In 1999, Fred earned his MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister, and began serving First Church Unitarian in Littleton, Massachusetts. In 2008, he was called by First Parish in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

One of the first to engage in civil disobedience to draw attention to climate change, Rev. Small was arrested with 21 others in prayer outside the US Department of Energy in Washington, DC, in May 2001. In 2007, he was one of the lead organizers of the Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue from Northampton to Boston, Massachusetts. In 2016, he was twice arrested with other faith leaders in nonviolent civil disobedience protesting construction of Spectra Energy’s fracked gas pipeline in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

In 2007, Grist Magazine named Rev. Small one of 15 Green Religious Leaders worldwide (http://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2007/07/24/religious/). In the July 26, 2015, issue of Boston Globe Magazine, Bill McKibben highlighted Rev. Small’s leadership in religious climate activism (https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2015/07/25/what-religion-can-teach-climate-scientists/LAZYZ6DBVHr1THqvWFXffO/story.html#). In 2017, UU Mass Action honored him with the Ruth Rowan Award for his musical contributions to social justice movements.

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