2015 Faith and Justice Symposium

Environmental Justice: Hope for Humanity and Creation

September 23 – 25


Wednesday, Sept 23

  • 11:05 a.m. Chapel: Rev. Tafue Lusama. General Secretary, Tuvalu Christian Church;
    “Knee Deep in Reality: the Theology of Island Justice”
  • Lunch with chapel speaker
  • 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Dining Hall: Rev. Lusama will speak at Global Christian Fellowship about the role of the church in addressing ecological degradation in his home country of Tuvalu

Thursday, Sept 24

  • 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. “Engaging the Arts” Coffee House and performance in Van Dyke Lounge
    • Music for Justice: Artists include Houghton College Gospel Choir, Pocket Vinyl, Emma Tyme, and Jeffery Ward
    • Art Display on local ecology by Professor David Huth
      • Participatory art project - participants will be able to decorate their own clay pot, which they can take home with a planted seed.  There will also be tree for participants to decorate with canvas leaves.
      • Art auction – proceeds go to Plant with Purpose

    Friday, Sept 25

    • 11:05 a.m. Chapel: Alexie Torres-Fleming. Executive Director, Access Strategies Fund; “Environmental Justice in Urban America: A South Bronx Case Study”
    • Lunch with chapel speaker (alumni dining room)
    • 1:30 – 2:30 and 2:45 – 3:45 Workshops:
      • Alexie Torres-Fleming. Executive Director, Access Strategies Fund;
        “The Interconnected Nature of Environmental Racism.”
      • Jason Fileta. Director, Micah Challenge USA.
        “On Earth as it is in Heaven: Justice for all Creation”
      • John Elwood. Beloved Planet.
        “The Theology of Creation Care”
      • Christen Civiletto Morris. Author and Attorney.
        “The New Face of Conflict Resolution: Using Natural Resources to Foster Peace.”
      • Gerry Gacioch, MD. Rochester General Hospital and Catholic Climate Ambassador.
        “The Human Health and Social Implications of Climate Change.”
    • 4:00 p.m. Closing Reception with presenters in Campus Center
      Dr. Gerry Gacioch (Catholic Climate Ambassador) will speak briefly about the relevance of Pope Francis’ address today before the United Nations and his recent Encyclical on creation care, Laudato Si.
    • 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. "Film and Discussion: Promised Land starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski"
      Corporate sales partners Steve Butler (Matt Damon) and Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand) arrive in a small town to secure drilling rights for a natural-gas company. They believe that the economic decline has done their work for them and that the townspeople will happily accept whatever offer they make. However, they don't consider the objections of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) and the leader (John Krasinski) of a grassroots campaign against the company's objective.

      The film will be followed by a brief panel discussion featuring Professor Doug Gaerte, John Elwood, and another panelist TBD

    Support for the Symposium generously provided by the F.T. and Anna C Manley Memorial Trust