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On Water and Faith: Ministry in the Time of Climate Change

May 31 to Jun 2

On Water and Faith: Ministry in the Time of Climate Change

May 31 – June 2, 2018

Union Theological Seminary – New York

Cape Town is on the verge of running out of water. Rural Americans watch as their water is tainted by effluence. Northwest wonders where its winter and spring showers have gone. California remains
in a drought and continues to burn. Stronger storms like Hurricane Maria devastate communities who struggle to get basic necessities including access to potable water. At the same time, many pro t-making ventures dump waste into streams, rivers, lakes and oceans and others seek to privatize and commoditize groundwater. e cycles of water that give life to our planet are in distress due to climate change, mismanagement, and pollution. is delicate system, which sustains all life, is at the brink of being broken, the consequences of which would be devastating.

Across religious and faith traditions, water holds special significance. Water purifies and cleanses, makes sacred and gives life. It binds communities through ceremony and tradition, reminding all of its intrinsic value and communal worth. In the years to come, this stress will be felt more acutely by vulnerable and marginalized communities. As our faith traditions call us to remember the sanctity of water so too do they call us to care for those who need it most.

To train, support, and empower faith leaders, the Center for Earth Ethics is once again partnering with the Climate Reality Project to train 30-50 faith leaders from around the country to better address the ecological crisis in their own communities. Ministry in the Time of Climate Change requires an open-hearted approach that embodies the diversity of our country and plurality of ideas we’ll need to mitigate the worst effects of the ecological crisis.

Scheduled for May 31-June 2, 2018, at Union Theological Seminary in New York, Ministry in the Time of Climate Change includes workshops and discussions that will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • The role of faith leaders in protecting access to water
  • Theology of praxis: water in our faith practices
  • The science behind water systems
  • Mitigating climate change through a focus on water
  • Making our communities more resilient to extreme weather
  • Sustainability education in faith settings
  • Connections between ministries of mercy, justice and the environment


Faith and Religious leaders serving their communities half or full time, or the equivalent if serving multiple congregations or communities, are eligible for the training. Ordained persons from all backgrounds and orders are encouraged.


To help offset the cost of meals, printing and other conference expenses, there is a $35 registration fee to participate in the training. All training participants are responsible for covering their own travel, transportation and accommodation costs. For those outside the NYC area with a need for accommodation, there are a limited number of student dorm rooms available during the event. If you are interested in reserving one of these rooms, please make this request when you submit your application.


Union Theological Seminary – 3041 Broadway at 121st, New York, NY 10027


May 31 – June 2, 2018

Agenda, presenters and instructors:

Schedule to be released in the spring.


Applications are open for the 2018 program. Application deadline is extended to April 20th, 2018. Applicants will be notified of decisions by mid-May. Click here to submit an application.


Please contact: Genie Cooper.



May 31
Jun 2


Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States


Center for Earth Ethics