As an ecumenical seminary educating spiritual leaders from diverse traditions, we are called to the same truth: "In this reality of climate change, healing the separation between each other, to the land and waters, and our histories, represents the most important existential and ethical challenges to our collective wellbeing in our time."*
In our commitment to environmental and racial justice, we are called to take faithful action to address these challenges and offer solutions that are "soul-deep." Where we witness injustice, our students, alums, faculty, and staff are there, advocating for and tending to God's creation.
Starting this summer, we are taking our commitment to this sacred mission one step farther. United will begin to offer Environmental Justice courses in which we will engage the spiritual and ethical imperatives of caring for the earth and real solutions to bring those to life. Members of the wider community are invited to audit these transformational classes in our efforts to bridge separation and build a just future for all.
We also invite the community to witness our students in action as they addressed Rep. Betty McCollum's office, along with more than 60 faith leaders and Justin Sabia-Tanis, assistant professor and director of social transformation, on April 16. This event was organized by Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light. Stephani Pescitelli (MA, MDiv) read a statement from all students calling for strong federal action on the environment and climate justice. Please click here to watch.
On this Earth Day, we pray that the Spirit of Creation sweep across our land, inspiring us with a vision of a thriving world, moving us to action and effective care for our land, water, air, and all living beings. May we be healers of the planet and its peoples.
(*Quotations from student's statement to Rep. McCollum's office.)