This web-based three-part training in the arts of faith-rooted community organizing for climate justice will equip participants with skills, knowledge, spiritual grounding, and a community of support for organizing to address the climate crisis in ways that build racial and economic equity.
A 3-day training session is followed by a mentored 12–week practice phase and a second training session of 2 days. The mentored section includes regular (weekly or bi-weekly cohort gatherings for support and building a network of on-going support).
To apply for this inaugural, empowering program, complete the APPLICATION FORM
Deadline: November 11th, 2022
- First training session (online):
February 6: 9-5pst
February 7: 9-5pst
February 8: 9-1pst
- Twelve weeks of online mentored practice:
February 13 – May 5, 2023
- Second training (online) session:
May 8: 9-5pm pst
May 9: 9-1pm pst
For more information please contact:
- Clergy and lay leaders in Christian traditions and other faith traditions or value systems who appreciate the contributions of critically engaged Christian theologies
- Teams from congregations or synods/diocese/districts/regions
- Recent seminary graduates in first calls
- Seminary interns
- Leaders developing new faith communities/congregations or reshaping existing congregations/faith communities
- Community organizers who wish to equip themselves better for climate justice work
- Organizations sending staff members or board members to the training
Expectations of Participants
Participants will be expected to attend all synchronous meetings which include three full day and two half-day training sessions.
Each participant will be grouped into a team who will work collaboratively with an organizer/mentor for 12 weeks.
Teams need not work together on the same project but each team will learn from one another and be guided by the organizer/mentor through developing a final project.
$300.00 including both training sessions and the mentored practice period.
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.
- 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:
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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