Down by the Bay: Climate Faith & Justice Workshop

This workshop is sponsored by UU Young Adults for Climate Justice, UU Ministry for Earth,
& Starr King School for the Ministry

When: May 26th, 2018, 9 am – 6:00 pm
Where: Starr King School for the Ministry, 2441 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley, CA
Cost (including meals): $30-150, sliding scale (actual cost is $100 per person)
Accommodations: homestay accommodations are available on a first-come basis for registrants from out of town. Email to request accomodations.
Register online

What: This full day workshop, especially for young adults but open to all, will contemplate and embody the intersections of race, class, climate, city planning, culture, and sustainability, with a focus on grounding in our relationships to place, community, and our full spiritual selves. Registration includes meals, as well as admission to the Climate & Environmental Justice film festival that evening (no need to RSVP separately).

Presenters and special guests will include:

Patricia St. Onge, MDiv – Of Haudenosaunee (Mohawk) and Quebecoise descent, Patricia is a member of Idle No More and belongs to a circle of indigenous grandmothers. Patricia has worked to support progressive social justice movements for all of her adult life. She’s worked as Executive and Interim Director of more than a dozen non-profits. She is a Board member at the Highlander Research and Education Center. Patricia is the Founder and a Partner in Seven Generations Consulting & Coaching. Patricia is adjunct faculty at Mills College in Oakland CA and Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA. She is part of a growing community in East Oakland called Nafsi ya Jamii (The Soul Community), an education and spiritual center and urban farm.

Carl Anthony– “Grandfather of the Environmental Justice Movement”, Carl brings decades of experience as a community advocate and organizer for racial justice, environmental justice, climate justice, and strong, healthy communities. He is the Founder and former Executive Director of Urban Habitat, one of the oldest environmental justice organizations in the country, co-founder of Breakthrough Communities Project, as well as the co-founder of the first environmental justice periodical publication in the United States. Carl recently published the book, The Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race.

Isabel Call – Isabel is an economist and student at Starr King School for the Ministry. Finishing her PhD on climate change and small farms in Kenya during her first year at seminary gave her insight into how the prevailing paradigm constrains economists’ imaginations and perpetuates ongoing global systems of injustice. She since developed and taught a class called Humanizing Economics, which blends economics, theology, and spiritual practice. Isabel is a dancer, a student of Theater of the Oppressed, and mobility impaired, and she brings a passion for collaborative embodied story-telling into her work for global economic injustice.

Aly Tharp – Aly originally joined UU Ministry for Earth in 2014 as the network coordinator of the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice (UUYACJ). They represented UUYACJ on the steering committee of the UU climate justice campaign, Commit2Respond, and served as Program Manager of Commit2Respond from March 2016, until the campaign’s end in Summer 2017. Aly is now Program Director of UU Ministry for Earth, furthering UU solidarity and mobilization for environmental and climate justice through numerous partnerships and programs, including recently launching an online community organizing hub called Create Climate Justice Net in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Rev. Lindi Ramsden – Starr King School for the Ministry’s Director of Partnerships and Emerging Programs and Visiting Assistant Professor of Faith and Public Life, Rev. Lindi Ramsden, has a history of organizing at the intersections of faith, climate, and justice in the state of California. Lindi served as the Minister of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose from 1985 to 2003, and in 2003, Rev. Ramsden became the founding Executive Director and Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry California. During her decade of ministry at UULMCA (now called the UU Justice Network of California), Rev. Ramsden also helped to support the growth of UU State Advocacy Networks in seventeen other states.

Turning to the power of story, Rev. Ramsden Co-produced and Co-directed the 2014 documentary film Thirsty for Justice: the struggle for the human right to water, which is being screened in collaboration with the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water by congregations and community groups across California. She is committed to engaging the climate crisis from an environmental justice lens.


Climate & Environmental Justice Film Festival at Starr King School for the Ministry

When: May 26th, 2018, 7 – 10 pm
Where: Starr King School for the Ministry
2441 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
Freewill Donation – $10-20 suggested

Join this special screening of the following features:  The Reluctant Radical  (75 min) followed by a Q&A with Ken Ward and Lindsey Grayzel, Beyond Recognition (25 min), & Thirsty for Justice (38 min).