Every month, a webinar organized and hosted by Karen Brammer (Green Sanctuary Program Director) and Aly Tharp (UUMFE Programs Director) provides an opportunity for UU environmental justice practitioners to engage in reflection and education, deepen their faith grounding for environmental justice, and build their skills.Guest speakers share on wide-ranging, cutting-edge environmental and climate justice topics, giving participants the chance to witness essential models and build skills for partnering with people in front-line communities.

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Webinar Recordings

“Beautiful Solutions: a Conversation with Elandria Williams” (April 26, 2018)

Elandria Williams, training director at PeoplesHub, an interactive online training school that supports people and groups where they live. Elandria also provides cooperative development support to cooperatives mostly in the Southern United States and is a co-editor of Beautiful Solutions, a project that is gathering some of the most promising and contagious stories, solutions, strategies and big questions for building a more just, democratic, and resilient world. Beautiful Solutions has a web platform, trainings and a book soon to be released. Elandria most recently for the last eleven years worked at the Highlander Research and Education Center first as the youth/inter-generational programs director and then helping co-coordinate the Economics and Governance programs including the Mapping Our Futures Curriculum and the Southern Grassroots Economies Project. Elandria also serves on the boards of the Southern Reparations Loan Fund (SRLF), US Solidarity Economy Network, Appalachian Studies Association, the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table and are one of the Co-Moderators or Chief Governance Officers of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Speaking on a wide range of topics — from examples of inspiring community solutions to human and Earth exploitation, to the future of the Unitarian Universalist Association — you don’t want to miss what Elandria has to say on this episode of the Environmental Justice Practitioners Network webinar series!

“Get Ready for CreateClimateJustice.net!” (March 22, 2018)

Aly Tharp, Program Director of UU Ministry for Earth, & Rev. Karen Brammer, Manager of the UUA Green Sanctuary Program

Aly and Karen give a presentation about a new web platform being developed by the UUMFE and UUA to enhance and support UU networking and community organizing for climate and environmental justice.

“Rising Together: Lessons from the UU Justice Florida Climate Resilience Ministry” (January 25, 2018)

Jan Booher, Director of UU Justice Florida’s Climate Resilience Ministry

Jan Booher shares amazing stories and lessons from her work organizing congregations to form community partnerships for public health and climate resilience throughout Florida.

“Just Transitions from Extreme Extraction” (November 30, 2017)

Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara – North Dakota), lead organizer with Indigenous Environmental Network and Indigenous Rising 

Kandi Mossett speaks for about 30 minutes about her work with  Indigenous Rising and Indigenous Environmental Network, followed by Q&A and group conversation. Kandi “has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts that climate change and environmental injustice are having on Indigenous communities across North America.”

“NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Program Overview” (October 26, 2017)

Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program

In addition to her role at the NAACP, Jacqui Patterson also serves on the leadership bodies for the US Social Forum, Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, Center for Earth Ethics, Institute of the Black World, Center for Story Based Strategy, and US Climate Action Network. On this webinar she presented about the work that the NAACP does to advance environmental and climate justice.

*Note: The recording of this webinar does not include the first 5 minutes or the discussion portion.

“Environmental Injustices of Mass Incarceration” (September 28, 2017)

Candice Bernd, editor/staff reporter at Truthout.org and co-producer of the film “Don’t Frack With Denton”

Candice Bernd is a contributor to Truthout and Earth Island Journal’s investigative series on America’s Toxic Prisons. Candice has researched and reported on issues such as systemic high levels of arsenic in prisons across the USA and the recent incidents of prisoners stuck in terrible conditions in hurricane evacuation zones. This webinar shines light on the connection between environmental injustices and the prison industrial complex and gives recommendations about how faith groups and coalitions can organize locally to advocate for justice around these issues.

“UU and Indigenous Solidarity” (August 24, 2017)

Elder Johnnie Aseron, Director of the InterNational Initiative for Transformative Collaboration, and Rev. Karen Van Fossan, minister for the Bismarck-Mandan UU Fellowship and Church

Johnnie Aseron and Rev. Karen Van Fossan share stories from the faith mobilization to support the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at Standing Rock, and share about news and praxis of ongoing UU collaboration with Indigenous leadership. Johnnie served as the Wellness Initiative and interfaith prayer coordinator for the Oceti Sakowin prayer camp, and Karen’s church was the only congregation in North Dakota that publicly supported the camp. Through many months of working together, Johnnie and Karen bring diverse experiences and insights describing transformative collaboration practices and processes for our reflection.

“Art & Storytelling for Community & Justice Building” (April 13, 2017)

Jayeesha Dutta, National Community Arts Program Manager for the People’s Climate Movement and co-founder of the New Orleans’ Radical Arts and Healing Collective

A tri-coastal artivist-scholar pursuing a doctorate at the University of New Orleans, Jayeesha Dutta specializes in using art and relationship building for intersectional social justice movements. She has been organizing with nearly 100 organizations across the Gulf Coast through the Gulf Future Coalition and Another Gulf Is Possible since 2013. In 2016, Jayeesha co-founded the Radical Arts and Healing Collective, an arts-based direct action & healing justice support hub in New Orleans.

“Grounding for Escalation” (February 9, 2017)

Caitlin Breedlove, Campaign Director, and Nora Rasman, Campaign Coordinator, Standing on the Side of Love

Caitlin Breedlove and Nora Rasman from the Standing on the Side of Love campaign start the conversation with some personal background about where they have found their energy and sustaining values for engagement with justice work, followed by time for questions and small group work for our own explorations. This webinar will help you engage with what kinds of grounding and energizing work can make you feel ready to stay in this work for the long haul and bring others along as well.

“Widening the Circle: Learning from the Community & Creating Climate Justice” (January 12, 2017)

Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, UUA Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director

In her time with the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, Dr. Janice Marie Johnson has advised many congregations and organizers on ways of working in collaborative efforts with people from marginalized communities as individuals and in groups. This is the kind of deepening work that can grow a climate justice ministry from a charitable or assumptive model into a truly relationship-building and spiritually grounded working relationship.