RUMSON, NJ - The Monmouth Community Climate Coalition (MCCC), a group of multi-faith, civic and environmental organizations, is hosting best-selling author Rev. Michael Dowd at a free event Monday, June 6, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church of Rumson at 7:00 p.m. (refreshments at 6:30). Dowd’s talk, “Standing for the Future: Inspiring Science, Evolving Faith, Realistic Hope” addresses how we can stay inspired in the face of rising seas, stronger storm surges and other impacts of changing climate.

The program, geared for adults and teens and focusing on points of agreement held by religious and non-religious people across the globe, builds on Rev. Dowd’s most recent TEDx talk, “Reality Reconciles Science and Religion,” and expands on his bridge-building 2009 book, Thank God for Evolution, which was endorsed by six Nobel Prize-winning scientists and by religious leaders across the spectrum. His work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, Wired, Skeptic and on CBC, CNN, ABC News, and Fox News. Rev. Dowd's mission is to foster a just and healthy future. www.thankgodforevolution.com

The Monmouth Community Climate Coalition was started in 2016 by a group of Monmouth County community members who wanted to act locally on the global issue of climate change. Even prior to naming the new organization, they held a candlelight vigil in the fall of 2015 for an ambitious and just global climate agreement at the UN talks in Paris. The group also sponsored a screening of the documentary Merchants of Doubt about climate change disinformation.

MCCC is a grassroots, volunteer, non-partisan organization with the goal to raise awareness of the climate crisis and take actions for solutions for a livable world. Founding member Lynn Dash said, “Climate change, or climate disruption, is increasingly being seen as much more than an environmental issue. It affects the very basics of life such as shelter, food and water, and is a ‘threat multiplier’ for violent conflicts over increasingly scarce resources.” Fellow founding member Diane Burke added, “The new coalition recognizes the broad and unjust impacts of climate change and the moral imperative to act. We welcome new members who also wish to focus on climate change.”

For further information, contact Diane Burke, email MonmouthCCC@outlook.com