Creation Care + the People of God: Engaging in Environmental Stewardship

#GCC2022: Sunday, October 2, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

From the very beginning, the people of God have been called to care for the glorious earth that God created. Never has that mandate been more urgent! For this year’s Global Church Conference, we invite voices of those engaged in creation care to speak to us about the current global situation and about the theological call for Christians to join others in leading the way in environmental stewardship. We will also learn about other churches and organizations who are engaged in this critical work. As individuals and communities of faith, we hope to leave equipped and inspired to take action. Please join us!
Schedule
10:30–11:30 am (click here for livestream)

World Communion Sunday with guest preacher, Pastor Danielle Parish

11:30 am–12 pm

Light Lunch (included with registration)

Keynote Speaker, William Morris and Panel Discussion

See below for speaker bios.
Registration
To register, click HERE.
Register for free through September 12.
Fee: $15

Register Now by September 27

To register, click HERE.
Register for free through September 12.
Fee: $15

Resources

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Contact

Beth Thomsen
Director of Outreach
[email protected]

Speaker and Panelist Bios

Guest Preacher

Pastor Danielle Parish
Pastor Danielle Parish is the founder and lead pastor of Spark Church in Palo Alto, a church focused on inspiring people to live the way of Jesus and leading cooperative efforts to address issues of injustice and oppression with particular attention paid towards racial justice, refugee advocacy and climate justice. A pastor in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1999, she holds an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and studied historical geography, archaeology and rabbinic thought, at Jerusalem University College. She is also the founder and tour leader of Come & Learn To Walk Israel Study Tours, and is published in Jerusalem Perspective.

In November of 2021, Danielle participated in the Christian Climate Observers Program at the UN climate conference, COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, lending her voice and advocacy for climate justice, climate action and creation care, both globally and locally. Spark Church is an official co-sponsor of the “Breath of Air” campaign for Climate Resilient Communities, providing indoor air purifiers for neighbors in East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, and Belle Haven.

Keynote Speaker

William Morris
William Morris (he/him) is a 26-Year-old climate activist located in Torrance, CA. He holds his degree in environmental science with an emphasis on ecological restoration and a minor in watershed management from Humboldt State University. William is a Faith Organizer with GreenFaith working on the People vs. Fossil Fuels campaign. He also works with Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA) serving first as a field organizer and is now Chair of the steering committee. He volunteers with The Climate Reality Project, is the founder and chair of the Los Angeles chapter’s Faith-based Communities Committee, sits on the steering committee of California Interfaith Power and Light, is founder and chair of the creation care committee at Faith United Methodist Church, is part of the leadership team with Faiths4Future, and a member of the board at Circle Faith Future. William also has worked with faith organizations abroad spending time in Kenya, Chad, and Indonesia. He spends his time engaging with faith communities, schools, universities, and organizations around the topics of faith-based climate justice and education. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone MagazineABC News, and the BBC.

Panelists

Jeffrey Reimer
Jeffrey Reimer has been a professor at Berkeley for 40 years with research aimed at environmental protection. Professor Reimer is recognized for these works by election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance, and is a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award from Germany.

Professor Reimer has won virtually every teaching award on the Berkeley campus—at the department, college, physical sciences, and campus level, including the Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Physical Sciences, the AIChE Northern California Section Award for Chemical Engineering Excellence in Academic Teaching, and the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003, the highest award bestowed on faculty for their teaching.

Suzanne Jones
Suzanne Jones co-leads Montclair Presbyterian Church’s Climate & Food Team to encourage climate-friendly eating, and its Democracy & Politics Team to help secure voting rights and enact effective climate policies. 

Outside MPC, she has spent over twenty years helping to protect natural habitats from over-development. She founded and directed two community-based open space advocacy organizations, and worked as a land program manager at the John Muir Land Trust. She has testified on scores of land use issues in Contra Costa County, and worked closely with environmental groups and public agencies to protect land, water and wildlife.

Prior to that, she was a science policy analyst in nuclear disarmament and arms control at Princeton University, and later in climate change and energy policy at U.C. Berkeley. She holds a Master’s degree in physics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in particle physics from Cornell University. She loves hiking with her family, native plant gardening, and tending to the wildlife habitat around her home.

GCC 2022 is sponsored by First Pres Berkeley, New College Berkeley, and Sojourner Truth Pres.