First Conference

On February 15th and 16th  2013, we explored the transformational process of healing of our world and ourselves. Three Keynote speakers interacted with one another, with a panel of people active in specific causes, and with all 116 participants. Music, poetry, shared meals, and meditative exercises filled out the weekend. You can watch videos of part of the conferences: The Democracy Tree, Music and PoetryIntroductionsKeynote Speakers, and the Earth Rights songThe program from the event, including Problem & Solutions statements from each speaker and panel member can be found on our Facebook Group page  or you can download the  pdf here.

(Panel of persons involved with local "boots on the ground" groups, in conversation with keynote speakers about ways to impact both local issues and the larger concerns)

Healing of the Earth – Keynote Speaker 

Patricia Siemen, Director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, Barry University School of Law, will discuss Earth Law and how care for the earth is integral to care for ourselves. Visit the CEJ Facebook Page.

Maintaining the Right to be Heard – Keynote Speaker

David Cobb, National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited, national spokesperson for Move to Amend, will explain how this Amendment will preserve the individual’s right to vote, and remove civil liberties from Corporations, that have heavily influenced the electoral process, and promoted legislation that protects the rights of corporations over people and nature.

Healing of Ourselves – Keynote Speaker

Bruce Alexander, professor and author of Peaceful Measures: Canada’s Way Out of the War on Drugs and The Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit.
When we think of addiction in the broadest sense, we realize that two of the most damaging addictions in society are the addiction to money and to the media circus. Can we set ourselves free of addictions of all kinds to think clearly, without bias, and with compassionate action for all living beings? Can our society begin to restore its own health, with the help of each of us?

Humankind is 200,000 years old but compared to Mother Earth, we’re “the new kid on the block.” Yet, we have wreaked more havoc than any other species on earth. We’ve polluted waterways, caused the extinctions of whole species and exterminated ancient cultures. Can we save Mother Earth, indigenous peoples, and yes--capitalism, and transform our own lives as well? In this period of rapid social change, and climate change, can we protect human rights and the delicate ecosystems of nature, hopefully within a free market society?

Conference was Co-Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brevard, Florida

and the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Florida. This ministry is funded in part by the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility