Community Dialogues & Workshops

Workshops

Creation Care 101: Theological Grounding and Our Moral Call (Kendyl, Monica, Faith, Mark, Elizabeth)
1-1.5 hours or 2-4 hours

  • Do people of faith have a moral responsibility to care for the planet? This workshop is an introduction and includes deep conversation around theology. It also includes an introduction to some of the most pressing environmental issues.

Creation Care 201: An Intro to Solar and Saving Money through Energy Efficiency (Kendyl, Monica, Faith, Mark, Elizabeth)
1-1.5 hours

  • This workshop is an introduction to solar energy and energy efficiency in Virginia. You will find out what is available to you and your faith community, hear stories from other faith communities around Virginia and learn how going green can help to save money in the long run.

Women and the Environment (Kendyl, Monica, Faith)
1-1.5 hours or 2-4 hours

How does gender intersect with the environment and spirituality? In this workshop, we will discuss the concept of ecowomanism, which, as explained by Rev. Dr. Melanie L. Harris, one of the main thinkers in ecowomanism, “centers the voices and perspectives of women from African descent as they engage earth justice. Drawing upon African cosmology these perspectives understand the earth as sacred.”

2018 Environmental Updates and Action Opportunities (Kendyl, Elizabeth)
1-1.5 hours

During this workshop, you will find out more about the top environmental issues in Virginia surrounding climate disruption and energy use and how your faith community can get involved.

What is Environmental Justice? (Kendyl, Elizabeth, Faith)
1-1.5 hours

What does it look like to view environmental issues through a justice and moral frame? This workshop will dig into environmental disparities and their causes in Virginia and the United States.

Creation Care for the Evangelical Community (Cizik)
1-1.5 hours

This workshop is done in partnership with the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, which seeks to educate, inspire, and mobilize Christians to acknowledge and prevent human-caused climate change. This workshop would be conducted by Rev. Richard Cizik.

Who’s Got the Power? (Power Mapping)
Virginia Civic Engagement Table – Citizen Training Academy
1.5 hours

This 90 minute class will teach you how to create issue-based power maps. Power maps are an important tool for understanding how to make change. Until you know who has the power and how to move potentially powerful allies, it will be hard to see the positive policy changes we are all working towards. You’ll leave this session with a power map on an issue that you’re working on and a better understanding of how to get policy changes.

Holding Our Elected Officials Accountable
Virginia Civic Engagement Table – Citizen Training Academy
1.5 hours

Voting is only the first part of getting the change we need. Whether the people we elect are our friends or our foes, we need to hold them accountable for what they do as legislators. This training will teach you all the components of an effective accountability campaign and why it’s so important. You’ll leave the training with your own plan that you can execute with the help of your friends and neighbors.

Activism for Busy People
Virginia Civic Engagement Table – Citizen Training Academy
2 hours

All of us are trying to be more involved citizens and activists and somehow manage to have a life, hold down a job, spend time with our families. It can be overwhelming and very stressful. This two hour class will teach you how to be efficient and effective. Find out how to do this work year round, both electing good people and holding them accountable, without burning out and walking away!

Speakers

We can connect your congregation with guest speakers from different faith traditions who can tell the story of what is happening to our world and invite your community to reflect on their call to respond as a faith community. Email contactus@vaipl.org to schedule a program.

KendylCrawford_headshotKendyl Crawley Crawford: Baptist

VAIPL Director

Kendyl Crawley Crawford has spent time closely organizing with faith communities in Richmond, VA, that resulted in a ‘Creation Care and Grassroots Organizing’ Summer Course Intensive in 2015 housed at Virginia Union University Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology. She received a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in Marine and Environmental Science from Hampton University in 2012 and has a Master’s of Science in Environment, Science and Society from University College London where she conducted research on social movement organizations mobilizing around air pollution in London on a Marshall Scholarship. In 2015, she successfully completed the Midwest Academy Organizing for Social Change Training.

Elizabeth Stevens headshotElizabeth Stevens: Christian, ecumenical

VAIPL Communications and Assistant Director

Elizabeth Stevens has been working for climate justice in various roles since 2013, including as the Administration Assistant for the Unitarian Universalists for Social justice and the former Program Associate and Community Organizer for Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA) through two faith-based service corps. She graduated from Messiah College with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Sustainability Studies.

 

richard-cizikRichard Cizik: Evangelical Presbyterian, Anglican

Richard Cizik is the President of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, a faith-based organization committed to an agenda that fosters values consistent with an open and free society.

 

 

 

Rev. Dr. Faith Harris headshot NEWRev. Faith Harris: Baptist

VAIPL Chair

Rev. Dr. Faith B. Harris is a minister, community organizer, and activist as well as adjunct faculty for The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University (STVU).

She teaches several courses for STVU’s Center for Lifelong Learning (Continuing Education) and in its Master of Divinity degree program among them are Systematic Theology and Creation Care, Grassroots Organizing, and the Church, and has taught other practical theology courses for STVU.

Rosina Pohlmann headshotRosina Pohlmann: United Methodist

Rosina Pohlmann is a student in Wesley Theological Seminary’s M.Div program. She currently resides in Charlottesville, VA, with her husband, where she is an intern at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.