Ministry in the Time of Climate Change: A Multifaith Approach

· Union Theological Seminary - NY

2017 has been a year of civic engagement. From Standing Rock to the Womens Marches to the airport rallies to the forthcoming Peoples Climate March, America is at attention in ways it has not been for generations. The challenges in front of us are formidable, none more so than the ecological crisis. Toxins released into the air, soil and water are causing contamination and illness. The impacts of climate change are undeniable: Somalia and other east African nations are experiencing historic drought, the American Midwest is ravaged by fires and storms, and Pacific Island nations are quickly losing ground to rising seas. In addition to the economic damage and loss of biodiversity, people suffer. 

Recent years have seen incredible progress to address the ecological crisis, but much work remains. Countering an agenda that seeks to divide us will not only require individuals from different movements and diverse communities to discover shared values, it calls upon peer messengers who can communicate these common ideals in their own vocabulary. The voices of religious and spiritual leaders are critical to this effort. Faith helps provide a light in the darkness, and hope to find a way out of no way.

To train, support, and empower faith leaders, the Center for Earth Ethics is once again partnering with the Climate Reality Project to train 30-50 faith leaders from around the country to better address the ecological crisis in their own communities.  Scheduled for June 5-7, 2017, at Union Theological Seminary in New York, and convened with the assistance of partner organizations including the NAACP, the Franciscan Action Network, the Parliament of the World's Religions, and the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at Jewish Theological Seminary, Ministry in the Time of Climate Change includes workshops and discussions that will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • What our traditions say about the Earth
  • The role of faith communities in disaster preparedness and recovery
  • Case studies on environmental justice
  • The scientific background of climate change
  • Giving care for grief and despair
  • Sustainability education in faith settings
  • Connections between ministries of mercy, justice and the environment


Faith and Religious leaders serving their communities half or full time, or the equivalent if serving multiple congregations, are eligible for the training. Ordained persons from all faith backgrounds and orders are encouraged.


The program will cover housing (shared guest rooms) and meals at no cost to participants. Limited assistance may be available for participants who are unable to afford transportation to New York.


Union Theological Seminary - 3041 Broadway at 121st, New York, NY  10027


June 5-7, 2017 

Agenda, presenters and instructors:

Schedule to be released.


Applications for this event are now closed.  Applicants will be notified of decisions on a rolling basis starting in early May. 


Please contact Peggy Cusack.