Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith
A program of empowering learning
"La Lucha," mural in PLTS classroom by Cristian Muñoz and Pancho Pescador © 2019.
This certificate offers a cohort-based, online trans-continental curriculum which empowers participants to cultivate moral, spiritual, and practical power for leadership in the work of climate justice in communities of faith and in collaboration with others. Topics covered include theology, ethics, and spirituality related to climate justice; climate change knowledge; and social change practices that connect ecological well-being with racial, economic, and gender justice.
Lay and rostered leaders throughout the Lutheran World Federation communion and from
other faith traditions are invited to complete an interest form if you are curious
to know more about this inaugural, non-degree learning program scheduled for September
2021 - May 2022. Long-term collaboration and networking are expected to endure well beyond certificate completion date.
Complete an interest form
Completion of this form is not a commitment; we will send you more detailed application information this Spring!
Expectations of Participants
- Two-four hours of independent work per week for each 15-week semester.
- Engagement in 90 minutes of scheduled Zoom meetings with their cohort every month throughout the academic year, periodically taking on facilitator roles.
- Participation and collaboration with local initiatives, congregations, and/or groups (especially by the Spring semester) to ensure context-based practice of the concepts discussed in the Fall semester.
- Willingness to take on the work of climate justice as a spiritual practice within their spheres of influence.
Participants will be better prepared to:
- lead congregations and other groups in developing or deepening climate justice work in their context.
- practice climate justice work as a spiritual practice, and lead others in doing so.
- recognize and address intersections of climate change with racial, economic, and gender-based inequity, and intersections of ecological well-being with racial, economic, and gender justice.
- articulate biblical, ethical, theological, and spiritual grounding for climate justice.
- articulate and employ a practical theo-ethical framework for building a more ecologically sustainable and socially equitable society.
- access key resources of the scientific community related to climate change.
- collaborate with interfaith and community partners on climate justice.
- practice hope in the face of the climate crisis.
- $600 for the entire program (optional resources from outside organizations may request contributions).
- Scholarships of up to $550 are available based on need.
From Lutheran World Federation: Department for Theology, Mission and Justice:
- Dr Chad Rimmer, Program Executive for Identity, Communion and Formation
- Elena Cedillo, Program Executive for Climate Justice