2017 Eco-Justice Workshops

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A Landscape for Change: Creating and Sustaining Eco-Justice Ministries in Local Congregations and Communities

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

Join us as we tackle this guiding question: How to develop a local eco-justice ministry? This workshop will provide tools, strategies, skills and connections for church and community leaders to create eco-justice ministries. The session is designed to be conversational and interactive. Divided in groups, participants will address a specific question on how they may create a landscape for justice… 

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Speakers:

Rev. Drew Giddings, The Carver Project; Rev. Dawrell Rich, PhD student, Drew University – School of Theology & The Carver Project.

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More than Water: Lessons from Standing Rock

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

This workshop will lift up key issues of racism, corporate power, and militarism in the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline against the will of the Standing Rock Nation and the allied water protectors defending the Missouri River. This dynamic workshop will provide a brief background about the #NoDAPL campaign and offer a timely update of related advocacy actions. Native… 

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Speakers:

Rev. Deacon Brandon Maui, Episcopal Deacon at Standing Rock, Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt, United Church of Christ; Elona Street- Stewart, Presbyterian Synod of Lakes and Prairies.

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Christian Leadership for Climate Action

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 3:45 pm

With an Administration and Congress hostile to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, it is incumbent on all of us to engage at every level of society to still reach and exceed our goals for a safer climate. Learn about innovative policy and energy stewardship work happening across the country, and how you can get involved.

Speakers:

Ruth Ivory-Moore, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, John Hill, United Methodist Church, Brooks Berndt, United Church of Christ.

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Climate Justice Simulation Experience

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 3:45 pm

This new role-playing exercise helps us understand some of the concerns of an environmentally degraded community. The climate justice simulation experience is based on real situations faced by three U.S. communities in their struggles to contend with and organize around environmental injustices. Through the course of the role-playing simulation, participants will: 1. Gain knowledge about the local conditions that aggravate… 

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Speakers:

Kirsten Rumsey and Mollie Vickery, United Methodist Women

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Community Driven Development II: Building Just, Equitable, and Sustainable Communities

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 pm

Urban and rural communities across the country struggling with under-employment, rapid gentrification and/or environmental injustices are experimenting with creative strategies for development that can create jobs, protect creation, and build peace. Through organizing, advocacy, and self-determination, communities of color and low-income communities are transforming systems to ensure healthy food, sustainable housing, worker-owned co-ops, clean energy, and a healthy environment to… 

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Speakers:

Brandy Brooks, Dreaming Out Loud; Kari Fulton, Empower DC; Representative from Cooperation D.C.

Moderator: Marianne Comfort, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

 

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Environmental Justice: Transforming from a Thing-Oriented to Person-Oriented Society

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 pm

Since the United States was colonized and established, commoditization of land and people has profoundly harmed our relationship with God’s creation and one another. In this workshop, our panel will critically examine the ideological origins of our thing-oriented society and our modern concepts of property. We will look at the Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny, and the slave trade. We… 

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Speakers:

Rev. Thomas Bowen, Progressive National Baptist Convention and Shantha Ready Alonso, Creation Justice Ministries

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