Past Events

Holy Voices: Gender Inequality & Climate Displacement

Thursday, March 31, 2022 7 – 8 pm ET

Gender and climate are profoundly intertwined, and women bear the brunt of the impacts of both sudden and slow-onset climate disasters. On the final day of Women’s History Month, join an important conversation on the intersection of climate displacement, gender inequality, and forced migration.

Watch the recording here

Fireside Chat with Carl C. Anthony

February, 2022

The Center for Climate Justice and Faith hosted a virtual fireside chat with Carl C. Anthony. A revered a social and environmental justice leader, Mr. Anthony is the founding director of Urban Habitat, one of the country’s first environmental justice organizations and the author of The Earth, the city, and the Hidden Narrative of Race.

Mohrenweiser Lecture Series: Climate Justice, Health and Wellbeing

December 3, 2021

Dr. Manoj Kurian will discuss how climate change is threatening human health and well-being, and the ethical and moral imperative for action. The lecture also will delve into preparedness and prevention; mitigation and adaptation; and recovery from the loss and damage already sustained. The discussions will encourage reflections on how we can be accountable and take responsibility — as individuals, congregations, communities and nations.

Dr.  Manoj Kurian is a medical doctor from Malaysia and the Coordinator of the WCC-Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance. Following his postgraduate training in Community Health in India, he worked for seven years in church related institutions in different parts of India. From 1999, he directed the ‘Health and Healing’ programme at the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva until 2012. Following this, he managed the Policy and Advocacy work of the International AIDS Society. From 2015 apart from Coordinating WCC-EAA, he also Coordinates WCC’s Section on ‘Ecological & Economic Justice’ and is the focal person responsible for Asia. He is also an Adjunct Faculty at College of Public Health, Kent State University. He is a published author, poet and artist.

This event is co-sponsored by the PLTS Mohrenweiser Endowed Lectureship and the PLTS Center for Climate Justice and Faith.

The lecture is free but registration is required. Registered participants will receive information about joining the Zoom webinar prior to the event.

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SoC 2021: A home for all? Intergenerational Dialogue

June 3, 2021

This international and intergenerational webinar introduces the 2021 Season of Creation, the annual month-long ecumenical celebration of prayer and action for creation. Together, the ecumenical family around the world unites to pray and protect God’s creation.

Faith and Frontline Call to Action: Good Trouble for Climate Justice. A Consultation on How to Address the Climate Emergency

April 19, 2021

A virtual non-governmental side event, taking place during the week of the Leader’s Summit on Climate hosted by the Biden Administration. This event highlighted and called for the inclusion of the voices, ideas, and expertise of frontline and faith communities alongside career politicians as we collectively and collaboratively move to address and implement climate solutions. The PLTS Center for Climate Justice and Faith co-sponsored this event.

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Climate Change, Gender Justice, and the Power of Art: Dance

April 23, 2021

The Center for Climate Justice and Faith partnered with the Graduate Theological Union’s Women’s Studies in Religion and Center for the Arts and Religion departments to talk about climate justice and gender justice through the lens of the arts. San Francisco Bay Area dancer, KJ Dahlaw offered a reflection on their practices and led us in gentle movement of our own.

Sacred Earth, Sacred People Day of Action: Lutheran Wave of Prayer

March 11, 2021

As part of the GreenFaith Sacred People, Sacred Earth Day of Action, The Center for Climate Justice and Faith partnered with the ELCA, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Lutherans Restoring Creation, and the Lutheran World Federation, organizing the Lutheran community worldwide to join together in praying for climate justice.

Download the flyer and prayer (pdf)

Climate Change, Gender Justice, and the Power of Art: Poetry

March 8, 2021

The Center for Climate Justice and Faith partnered with the Graduate Theological Union’s Women’s Studies in Religion and Center for the Arts and Religion departments to celebrate International Women’s Day. Renowned poet and public intellectual Dr. Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs offered a reading of her own poetry, and then guided us in writing and thinking exercises of our own.

Founders’ Day Launch of the Center with Bill McKibben

September 16, 2020

In celebration of launching the Center for Climate Justice and Faith, Bill McKibben addressed the theme, “Climate Justice, Radical Justice, and Divestment: The Call of the Church” at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary’s 2020 Founder’s Day.


This certificate program offers a cohort-based, contextually-rooted online curriculum for Spanish-speaking people in Latin American, the Caribbean, and North America. The curriculum equips participants with moral, spiritual, and practical power for leadership in the work of climate justice in communities of faith and in collaboration with others. Topics covered include theology, ethics, and spirituality related to climate justice; climate change knowledge; and social change practices that connect ecological well-being with racial, economic, and gender justice.

Completing this program earns participants six Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. Participants will spend 2-3 hours per week in the program including implementing a practical project aimed at climate justice. Long-term collaboration and networking are expected to endure well beyond certificate completion.

The inaugural Spanish-language Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith will launch in February/March 2023.

Partner Organizations

  • Seminario Luterano Augsburgo (SEMLA) in Mexico
  • Universidad Luterana Salvadorena in El Salvador
  • Instituto para la Pastoral Contextual of the Iglesia Evangélica Luterana Unida of Argentina and Uruguay
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


  • $600 for the entire program (optional resources from outside organizations may request contributions).
  • Scholarships of up to $550 are available based on need.


Click here to register your interest and receive applications materials when they are available.


For more information please contact:


Lee en Español

Working Group (Planning and Advisory):

Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo, Coordinator of the Spanish-language Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith at PLTS

Rev. Dr. Mercedes Garcia Bachmann, Director and Professor of Old Testament at the Instituto para la Pastoral Contextual of the Iglesia Evangélica Luterana Unida of Argentina and Uruguay

Elena Cedillo, Program Executive for Climate Justice, Department for Theology, Mission, and Justice, Lutheran World Federation

Rev. Dr. Francisco Javier Goitía Padilla, Director of Theological Formation for Seminaries and Schools of the ELCA

Phoebe Morad, Executive Director for Lutherans Restoring Creation and PLTS Coordinator of Certificates in Climate Justice and Faith

Lic. Fidel Nieto Laínez, Rector of the Universidad Luterana Salvadorena

Rev. Dr. Carmelo Santos, Director for Theological Diversity and Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement in the Office of the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA

Rev. Dr. Anjela Trejo Haager, Coordinadora of the Seminario Luterano Augsburgo (SEMLA) in Mexico