Public Ministry

 

Introduction

 

Ecological Justice

 

Promote Earth Care Beyond the Walls of the School 

 

Network and Cooperate

 

Green the Investment Portfolio

 

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 Introduction

 

  • The Green Seminary Initiative seeks to change the systems that foster the degradation of the earth and to rectify the injustices that result from it. We encourage our members to engage in civic activities that foster ecological health and to participate in the development of public policies that affect the creation and its human and non-human members, particularly the most vulnerable. 

 

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 Ecological Justice

 

  • Seek to expose students to the current national, state and local policy issues that will affect ecological degradation. Include speakers, workshops, attendance at public hearings and events.
  • Encourage those teaching courses in areas such as Ethics and in Church and Society to include ecological concerns in their classes.
  • Promote active involvement in political issues addressing systemic problems of ecological injustice.
  • We suggest the following ways to engage seminarians:
  1. Action alerts: Provide a mechanism whereby students can receive e-mail action alerts regarding important ecological justice issues. These can also be promoted through the internal newsletter.

  2. Petitions: Where appropriate, circulate petitions that support legislative actions and policies friendly to the earth and that promote ecological justice.

  3. Local actions: There may be local issues where community organizers are organizing to encourage or resist an action by the government or a corporation that degrades the natural world and poses a threat to environmental health and well-being. These are excellent opportunities for students to get hands-on experience in community organizing, activism, and outreach.

  4. Displays: The Green Team can sponsor a display of photographs or art depicting the impacts of climate change on the poor and the marginalized. Bulletin boards are also excellent ways to share your success, to educate, or to advertise future actions.

 

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 Promote Earth Care Beyond the Walls of the School

 

  • Publicity: Promote your commitment to care for earth through admissions brochures, a section on the website, and articles and reports in publications. It will help to have a name and identity that generates interest, conversation, and perhaps imitation in regard to your commitment to green the school. A phone call to a local newspaper or news agency can also generate publicity.

  • Public events: Hold conferences and sponsor speakers who draw graduates of the school, local pastors, and members of the larger community in which the theological school is located. Church and eco-justice would make important subjects for the professional leadership conference held by most theological schools as part of their continuing education programs.

  • Publications/guidebooks: Prepare workbooks and guides for the greening of congregations. Consider a collective faculty publication with articles on earth care and ecological justice.

 

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 Network and Cooperate

 

  • Locate the activist organizations in your area, either national ones or local community organizing groups. Network with them, engage them as speakers, cooperate with them to provide field education opportunities for students, and arrange to team-teach with them.

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 Green the Investment Portfolio

 

  • Urge the development office to invest your endowment and other funds in socially just funds that include ecologically sound corporations and companies. Many funds and agencies now specialize in ecologically oriented investments.

 

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