Faith and Ecological Justice Program

History

For almost 20 years, the School of Theology has been building strength in ecological justice, beginning with courses and projects, sustainable practices, curriculum tracks, and LEEDS-certified renovations. In 2017, the School joined the second cohort of theological schools in the Green Seminary Initiative’s certification process. As part of that certification process, Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore gathered a team of faculty, staff, and students. The School undertook a self-audit of ongoing ecological justice efforts in education, buildings and maintenance, community life, liturgy and worship, and public leadership. The School began discussing the possibility of launching a program centered on ecological justice, which in 2018 was aptly named the “Faith and Ecological Justice Program”.

Goals

  • Enable the STH community to explore the relationship between environmental health and human justice
  • Foster engagement with ecological justice within the STH community
  • Promote ecological justice activism within the STH community

Upcoming Proposed Events for Spring 2019

  • Farm-to-Table Event exploring the ecological justice impacts of food sourcing, accompanied by dinner
  • Day retreat engage Joanne Macy’s The Work that Reconnects
  • Evening panel on Natural Disasters, Trauma, and the Environment followed by half-day UMCOR Early Response/Disaster Response Team Training (equipping people to serve on early response teams after natural disasters) (co-sponsored with Spiritual Life)
  • Earth Day Celebration

For more information on the Faith and Ecological Justice Program, please contact Assistant Professor of Theology Rebecca Copeland.