On Energy and Faith: Ministry in the Time of Climate Crisis

FALL 2022 | Washington, D.C.

Energy is imperative to our existence. Our personal energy drives us to get up every morning and live our daily lives, while energy as a resource brings electricity to our homes, schools and businesses. Since the Industrial Revolution, we have primarily relied on non-renewable energy resources, burning fossil fuels (oil, natural gas and coal) in ways that have created far-reaching effects on our climate, our ecosystems and our health. The science is clear that we need to transition to renewable energy resources – solar, wind, hydropower – or the long-term consequences for our planet and its inhabitants will be catastrophic. Recognizing this, renewable energy options are being scaled around the country and indeed the world. 

Faith communities have a unique role to play in navigating the ethical questions a transition to a renewable energy future brings, as well as an imperative role in advocating for not only a shift in how we produce our energy but in ensuring that shift is just and equitable.

The Center for Earth Ethics and The Climate Reality Project will host a two-and-a-half-day interfaith climate training for faith leaders in Washington, D.C. In its sixth year, the theme of this year’s training will be energy. We’ll take a deep dive not just into energy as a practical necessity, but also our own personal energy, addressing the burnout felt by faith leaders, volunteers, activists and others in our community. The event will include seminars, rituals, workshops and skill building sessions designed to teach faith leaders how to advocate for renewable energy as a solution to the climate crisis while promoting a just transition and demanding that their communities are properly supported, from access to job creation.

       

Dates

The in-person training scheduled for May 2022 has been postponed until the fall of 2022. We will update this webpage and contact all those who have expressed interest in the program once new dates have been chosen.

Location

Washington, D.C.

Eligibility 

Leaders of any faith serving congregations half- or full-time, or the equivalent if serving multiple congregations, are invited to apply to attend. Attendance is limited to 35 individuals in order to create an intimate environment that allows for more candid and meaningful discussion. In addition, in an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 virus spread and limit carbon emissions associated with distant travel, this year priority will be given to applicants who reside in the local D.C., Maryland, Virginia area.

Application Process

Applications are open for our 2022 training program. Application decisions will be communicated on a rolling basis.  

To help offset the cost of catering and other training expenses, there is a $35 registration fee for this event. You will be sent a payment link if your application is accepted. A limited number of need-based scholarships may be available. If you are interested in learning more, please include a note in your application. 

Click here to submit an application.

Cost

The training will cover most meals for participants, as well as ground transportation between training venues within Washington, D.C. Attendees are responsible for covering their own travel costs to and from Washington, but low-cost accommodations (shared guest rooms) may be available for those who do not reside in the immediate vicinity of the event. 

A limited number of need-based scholarships may also be available. If you are interested in learning more about any of the above, please include a note as part of your response in your application. 

COVID-19 Precautions & Requirements

The health and safety of all participants is our primary concern. We expect that it will be safe for participants to attend the training in person, and that sessions will take place in person as planned.

In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread and limit carbon emissions associated with distant travel, priority will be given to applicants who reside in the local D.C., Maryland, Virginia area.  All attendees will be asked to abide by any COVID-19 mitigation protocols and policies invoked by hosting organizations, the event venue, or required by local, state, or federal officials. These policies may include COVID-19 vaccination or vaccination and booster requirements, proof of a negative COVID-19 test, and/or mask wearing requirements while in attendance at the event. Registrants may be asked to complete a waiver as part of their attendance. Participants will be made aware of requirements approximately one month from the event date.

If the public health situation changes, and an in-person meeting is not possible, we will inform all participants of alternate plans.

More information

For more information, please contact Peggy Cusack at [email protected]  

Not in the Washington DC area but want to host a training? Send us an email and we’ll follow up with you.

Image credits (left to right):

Airubon – Dreamstime; Bharath Reddy – Unsplash; Cat McCue – Appalachian Voices