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OTOC to Co-host Prayerful Gathering for the Planet on Sat Sept 19

August 26th, 2015

Gathering for the planetOmaha Together One Community (OTOC) along with First United Methodist Church and other partners will hold a “Gathering for the Planet” on Saturday, September 19 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the front lawn of First United Methodist Church (7020 Cass St.) You may wish to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

The morning is organized in response to and in celebration of Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical Laudato Sí and in support of a world-wide response to the UN Climate Conference in December. The morning will feature education about climate change, the moving music of McCarthy Trenching and “Prayers for the Planet”, where local clergy and faith leaders will share the key teachings of their faith regarding Care for the Earth. This gathering will happen, rain or shine so come join us.

To download a flyer, click on the link below:

Gathering for the Planet

Sustainable Energy Team active on many fronts: OPPD, Unicameral and Climate Change

August 26th, 2015
With Director McGuire on Left and cropped

OPPD Board President Anne McGuire (far left) along with three OPPD senior staff met with seven members of the OTOC Sustainable Energy Action team on August 19

Leaders of the OTOC Sustainable Energy Action Team recently met with OPPD Board President Anne McGuire and three members of the OPPD senior staff to discuss  several topics of interest to OTOC. The group discussed OPPD’s progress toward implementing their 2014 plan which will result in OPPD generating 33% of their electricity from sustainable sources such as wind or solar by 2017.

The OTOC leaders also discussed OPPD’s rate structure, the Green Fund, increased use of electric vehicles and the impact of recent EPA regulations about green house gases on OPPD and the State of Nebraska. The frank and lively discussion was informative and OTOC leaders indicated their willingness to help OPPD inform households in our member institutions about how they  can help reduce the electric peak load on hot summer days by signing up for OPPD’s   “Cool Smart” program which allows OPPD to regulate your central AC system in 15 minute intervals during a maximum of 12 days each year.

Alan Vovolka of First Unitarian organized the meeting that was attended by seven OTOC leaders. Contact Alan  at alan.char@cox.net if you want to know more about OTOC’s work to assure that our publicly owned electric  utility embraces practices that produce energy which is affordable, reliable and from sources that are environmentally sustainable.

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Omaha area leaders attend regional leadership training

August 26th, 2015

Cycle of organizing with OTOC leaders

OTOC and our Institute for Public Leadership (IPL) worked with our Iowa-based sister organization, AMOS IPL, to organize and conduct a three-day leadership training program in Des Moines on August 2-4. Thirteen people from Omaha

Sr Rosalie and Vicki Pratt

and 30 from Iowa attended the training to help them better understand the conceptual framework and fundamental practices of community organizing during three days of engaging training sessions, meeting new people and sharing stories about their work for the common good in their own communities.

OTOC is an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation.  Leaders who are part of OTOC member institutions are welcome to go to regional and national training programs like the training in Des Moines.Read More . . .

Forty people attended final OTOC leader training and over 90 attended sometime during Summer Training series

August 7th, 2015

OTOC leaders evaluate the summer training series and plan next steps for immigration action team

Forty people attended OTOC’s final summer leadership training session on  Monday, August 10 at Augustana Lutheran.  The training session was led by IPL and OTOC organizer Joe Higgs and several OTOC leaders including Carol Beaty, Kevin Graham, Gloria Austerberry and Karen McElroy. The session focused on:

Developing a Core Team of Leaders: How you identify and develop a team of leaders in your own church or organization so you can work with them for the common good. Read More . . .

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