You are invited to participate in a national Environmental Justice Training opportunity that is taking place April 12-14, 2013, at Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon, Connecticut. Jim Deming, Minister for Environmental Justice for the United Church of Christ, will lead the event, which begins Friday at 5 pm and ends Sunday at noon. Previously this training has only been offered in the Pacific Northwest, so this is a great chance for those of us in New England!
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 Saturday afternoon, the group will tour Bridgeport Harbor Station to see and hear firsthand from local leaders how air and water pollution impact their community and what steps they are taking to organize for their own health and safety. Remaining time will focus on responses to environmental challenges: 1) Facing the issues of environmental despair to build communities based on hope; 2) Developing strategies and activities for participants’ local communities; 3) 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.
The cost is $185, which includes room, meals, and all materials. To register, click here.
Endorsed by the Justice & Witness Council of the MA Conference, UCC. Photo: Silver Lake Conference Center.