Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith

A program of empowering learning

Description

This certificate offers a cohort-based, online trans-continental curriculum which empowers participants to cultivate 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.

Anyone who is interested in learning about and acting on faith-based initiatives to engage in climate justice work within their context — and who wants to explore spiritual grounding for that work — will benefit from this highly accessible opportunity. This non-degree learning program is 100% online via Zoom and interactive digital learning platforms. We especially encourage applicants from populations most affected by climate change and from member churches of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). A limited amount of tuition support is available.

Learning Guides

From Lutheran World Federation: Department for Theology, Mission and Justice:

Interested in learning more?

Applications for the 2022-23 cohort are closed. Sign-up here to receive updates from the Center including application information for the 2023-24 Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith cohort.

Questions?

For more information about this certificate, please contact:

Phoebe Morad

Coordinator of Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith

Expectations of Participants

  • Two-four hours of independent work per week for each 15-week semester.
  • Engagement in 2 hours of scheduled Zoom meetings with their cohort every month.
  • Participation and collaboration with local initiatives, congregations, and/or groups (especially by the Spring semester) to ensure context-based practice of the concepts discussed in the Fall semester.
  • Willingness to take on the work of climate justice as a spiritual practice within their spheres of influence.

Participants will be better prepared to:

  • Lead congregations and other groups in developing or deepening climate justice work in their context.
  • Practice climate justice work as a spiritual practice, and lead others in doing so.
  • Recognize and address intersections of climate change with racial, economic, and gender-based inequity, and intersections of ecological well-being with racial, economic, and gender justice.
  • Articulate biblical, ethical, theological, and spiritual grounding for climate justice.
  • Articulate and employ a practical theo-ethical framework for building a more ecologically sustainable and socially equitable society.
  • Access key resources of the scientific community related to climate change.
  • Collaborate with interfaith and community partners on climate justice.
  • Practice hope in the face of the climate crisis.

Tuition

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

Description

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

Tuition

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

Interested?

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

Questions?

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