UCC Environmental Justice Workshop
February 19, 2014 @ 5:00 am - February 21, 2014 @ 1:00 pm
How can people of faith work for environmental justice for all? How can we create Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Beloved Community—one that is sustainable, healthy, and inclusive? This “train the trainer” workshop will explore these questions with the goal of empowering conversation and actions around environmental justice that will continue far beyond the initial workshop.
In initial sessions, participants will explore five themes of a faith-based approach to environmental justice: gratitude, humility, responsibility, justice, and community. Each theme is anchored with biblical readings, selections from the video Renewal, insights from respected leaders in environmental and social justice, and additional study suggestions. On Thursday afternoon, the group will tour lower Duwamish River neighborhoods to see firsthand how air and water pollution impact communities and what steps communities are taking.
Remaining time will focus on responses to environmental challenges:
- working through issues of environmental despair to build communities based on hope;
- developing strategies and activities for participants’ local communities;
- creating a plan for participants’ own workshops in their home communities.
Each participant will be given tools to carry out these activities in their own communities.
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and UCC Justice and Witness Ministries. Cost: $175. For more information, contact Meighan Pritchard at firstname.lastname@example.org.