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. 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 TBD)
    • Art Display on local ecology by Dr. David Huth

Friday, Sept 25

  • 11:05 a.m. Chapel: Alexie Torres-Fleming. Executive Director, Access Strategies Fund; “Environmental Racism: Who is My Neighbor?”
  • 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 Biblical Case for Environmental Stewardship.”
    • 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: 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.


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