Concentration in Climate Justice and Faith

Empowering leaders to cultivate moral, spiritual, and practical power for the work of climate justice in communities of faith.

Description

The concentration is meant for PLTS MDiv and MA students who have an interest in focusing more deeply on earth-honoring theology, ethics, spirituality, and practices that connect ecological well-being with racial, economic, and gender justice.

This concentration does not require students to take additional courses in their degree program.  Instead, elective coursework is strategically taken by the student to fulfill the course requirements of the concentration.

Goals

Students who complete the requirements for this concentration will be prepared to:

  • Lead congregations 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.
  • Employ 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.

Practicum Option

Option of a mentored practicum with Eco-Faith Recovery during internship year.
Read more at EcoFaithRecovery.org.

Questions?

For more information about this concentration, please contact:

Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda

Faculty Director

Dr. Leslie Veen

Program Manager

Concentration Requirements

1. Pro-Seminar: Pro-seminar or foundational course CERS-4450 Climate Justice: Theology and Action in Relation.

2. Selectives: 2 additional elective courses focused on earth-honoring theology, ethics, spirituality, and practices. The following is a list of courses that is illustrative but not exhaustive of offerings at PLTS, the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), and UC Berkeley that may fulfill this requirement:

PLTS

  • HMRS-3000 Preaching toward Social Transformation (with focused project)
  • HSST-4450 Freedom Theology with Martin Luther (with focused project)
  • ST-2225 Constructive Theology (with focused project)
  • Other courses if a substantial project in them is focused on matters of climate justice.

Graduate Theological Union

  • CEST-4554 Womanism and Earth Justice (at Starr King School for the Ministry)
  • SPST-2250 Spirituality of the Earth (at Jesuit School of Theology)
  • Other courses as approved by the Faculty Director.

UC Berkeley

  • ESPM 253 001 – SEM 001 Advanced Readings in Political Ecology
  • LDARCH 201 001 – LEC 001 Ecological Factors in Urban Landscape Design
  • ENERES 276 001 – LEC 001 Climate Change Economics
  • ARESEC 261 001 – LEC 001 Environmental and Resource Economics
  • DEVP 222 001 – LEC 001 Economics of Sustainable Resource Development
  • Other courses as approved by the Faculty Director.

Other courses may also fulfill this requirement by completing a topic-related project in conversation with instructor and consultation with faculty director.

3. Reflection: Participation in a cohort reflection group that meets once each semester for two years.

4. Activism: Participation each year (for two years in program) in two community-based activism events related to climate justice.

5. Integration: Development and completion of an integrative project. Examples include: a project during FE-1147 Ministry in Context III, a project during FE-4450 Internship, the Eco-faith Recovery practicum as part of internship, a project in second half of Christian Faith Formation course, and a project in a FE-2260 Theology of Ministry Practicum.

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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