Meetings

The Green Interfaith Network holds Board of Directors meetings on the first Tuesdays of the month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Grandview Christian Church in Johnson City (address & map below).

General membership meetings are held quarterly, usually on the third Sunday afternoon of the second month of the quarter from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Starting in 2017 these general membership meetings will be held at member faith community facilities in the Johnson City area or at special events.

Meetings (dates and locations) for the first quarter of 2017 are:

January 17: "Facing the Surge" a documentary film being shown at Jonesborough Public Library, co-sponsored by GINI and Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) of Northeastern Tennessee. Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

February 9: "Before the Flood" a documentary film being shown at the Culp Auditorium, co-sponsored by ETSU's Environmental Studies interdisciplinary program. Time: 7:00-9:00 PM.

March 14: Presentation of our Energy Stewards activities at the annual Tennessee Environmental Conference at Meadowview Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport.

April 22: "Climate Resilience in the Mountain Empire," a day-long symposium to be held at the Willow Tree in Johnson City.

Directions:  Grandview Christian Church is located at 300 University Parkway, Johnson City, TN 37604 (Google Maps directions to Grandview Christian Church )

Join Green Interfaith Network at the movies! Environmental and Nature films will be shown on the 4th Sunday of each month starting at 2 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 500 North Roan Street in Johnson City.

A moderated discussion may follow the showing of the movie.

The Green Movie Schedule for 2017:

  • January 22: Facing the Surge documents tangible costs of sea level rise for the people of Norfolk, Virginia (home of the largest naval base in America). This is not a film of loss and inaction, rather it tells the stories of citizens as they step forward to raise awareness and push their government to solve climate change.
  • February 26: Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.
  • March 26: Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
  • April 23: The Man Who Planted Trees is the story that begins in 1913 with the unnamed narrator hiking by foot through Provence, France. During his journey through the desolate and windy valley and the old decaying villages, he by chance encounters a solitary shepherd. Curious about the quiet man named Elzéard Bouffier, the narrator briefly stays with him, discovering that the shepherd had been planting countless acorns in the region over three years. The young narrator leaves the shepherd, and later fights in the First World War. After the war, he returns to the valley to discover the shepherd has become a beekeeper, but is still hard at work planting oak, beech, and birch trees. By this time, young saplings begin to prosper and new streams emerge in areas that were once dry. The narrator decides to visit Elzéard Bouffier every year henceforth. Bouffier unceasingly continues slowly and surely with his planting; the area is subtly transformed into a vibrant forest.
  • May 28: Thomas Berry: The Great Story documents a pioneer in the field of spirituality and ecology, Thomas Berry created a quiet revolution. He was a monk, a cultural historian, an author, a teacher, and a mystic. At the heart of the film is Berry's experience of the universe as a cosmic liturgy. He reminds us that "we are not a collection of objects but a communion of subjects." His values were rooted in this sacred cosmology which includes the entire natural world. The mountains, rivers, birds, fish, all living organisms are not there for our use but for a union which is needed for us to become who we are. As Berry said, "I am not myself without everything else."
  • June 25: The Geologic Wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains takes the viewer on a journey of the formation of the southeastern Appalachians from the viewpoint of a geologist.
  • July 23: Kilowatt Ours is a timely, solutions-oriented look at one of America’s most pressing environmental challenges: energy. Filmmaker Jeff Barrie offers hope as he turns the camera on himself and asks, “How can I make a difference?” In his journey Barrie explores the source of our electricity and the problems caused by energy production including mountain top removal, childhood asthma and global warming.
  • August 27: The Story of Stuff, originally released in December 2007, is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the Stuff in your life forever.
  • September 24: Fuel With America so dependent on oil, filmmaker Joshua Tickell sets out to prove that biodiesel, made from vegetable oil, is a viable alternative. Although politicians and energy execs have done their best to quell it, the benefits of biodiesel are real. This documentary (winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance) chronicles Tickell's quest to popularize the untraditional fuel source, citing the environmental and economic advantages the country could reap by adopting it.
  • October 22: How to Change the World spans the years 1971-79 in this absorbing documentary. The film chronicles the birth of Greenpeace, which quickly became a media-savvy organization that used the power of images as a mechanism for environmental change.
  • November 26: I Am in this contemplative documentary, filmmaker Tom Shadyac conducts in-depth interviews with prominent philosophers and spiritual leaders -- including Archbishop Desmond Tutu -- about what ails the world and how to improve it.
  • December 17: Antarctica: A Year on Ice spends long stretches in Antarctica for more than a decade, documentarian Anthony Powell uses his camera to capture the extremes of human and animal existence, as well as the polar landscape's icy beauty.

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