Faith Harris

Faith served as Assistant Professor of Theological Studies for The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University (STVU), until January 2022. She taught various theology courses, including Creation Care, Grassroots Organizing, and the Faith Community. She resigned to take on the work “her soul must have” as Director of the nonprofit Virginia Interfaith Power & Light (VAIPL). VAIPL envisions overcoming the climate crisis, eradicating environmental and social injustices, and living in a just, thriving, and equitable world by collaborating among people of faith and conscience to grow healthy communities by advancing climate and environmental justice.

In addition to her academic career, Dr. Harris has been highly active in the Richmond community for more than 17 years. She has served as Co-Chair for Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Richmond Chapter Lead for Organizing for Action, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Co-Chair for the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice, Board member for the Environmental Justice Collaborative, and the Advisory Board for the Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership. She is a Virginia Conservation Network member, where she serves on several committees, including Land Use and Public Transit and Grassroots Defense of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Publications:
Rooted Woman or Root Woman: One Black Woman’s Story at the Intersection of Earth, Faith, and Action in Walking through the Valley: Womanist Explorations in the Spirit of Katie Geneva Cannon

A Womanist and Interfaith Response to Climate Change in Religion Sustainability and Place: Moral Geographies of the Anthropocene