Environmental Justice as People of Faith

April 23: Biblical Foundations (Dr. Sarah Musser)
April 30: Environmental Challenges (Amanda Mueller)
May 14: Equitable Solutions (Southern Environmental Law Center)
May 21: In Practice (Rev. Jarrod Davis)

 

Each Tuesday session will be from 7-8:30pm in the Fellowship Hall

 

 

Series Themes

April 23: Biblical Foundations (Dr. Sarah Musser)

Starting the series off with our Biblical foundations for environmental justice so that we all are grounded in God's call on us for this cause.  This session will provide an overview of the themes and topics grounded in scripture and social principles of creation care. 

April 30: Environmental Challenges (Amanda Mueller)

We all face environmental challenges, but they vary depending on where we live (e.g. floods vs droughts and wildfires) and the resources available to us. We will talk about the types of environmental challenges being faced, the impacts they are having and some possible solutions.

May 14: Equitable Solutions (Southern Environmental Law Center)

We will provide an overview of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s environmental justice program and take a closer look at specific issues related to North Carolina transportation policy, with a focus on how the transportation sector affects our environment and Black, indigenous, Latinx, and low wealth communities.

May 21: In Practice (Rev. Jarrod Davis)

More Info Will Be Added

Who are the Speakers?

Dr. Sarah Musser (April 23)

Sarah Musser is a Consulting Faculty member at Duke Divinity School and teaches courses in their Doctor of Ministry program. She received her MDiv and PhD from Duke, and her doctoral dissertation focused on the relationship between sacrifice in the Old Testament and God’s purposes toward restoring creation. In her presentation, she looks forward to discussing key biblical texts that lay the groundwork for environmental care and justice.

Amanda Mueller (April 30th)

Amanda Mueller began working at NC State in 2021 and is the Director of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science (KIETS) Climate Leaders Program. Prior to working at NC State, Amanda worked for 18 years as an Environmental Specialist with the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on a variety of wetland related projects including establishment of the "North Carolina Wetland Program Plan" and co-creation of the ncwetlands.org website. She also worked on stream and wetland assessments, training classes, permitting and policies. Amanda received a masters from the Department of Resource Management and Policy at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and her bachelor’s in Biology from the College of William and Mary.

Southern Environmental Law Center (May 14)

Megan Kimball and Chandra Taylor-Sawyer

Megan’s legal career has centered around advocating for historically underrepresented people and their environments. She interned at SELC as an undergraduate UNC journalism and mass communications major, and in law school at NYU, went on to litigation internships at Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Before returning to SELC as an attorney, Megan served as agency attorney at the New York City Housing Authority, the country’s largest public housing agency, and ChangeLab Solutions, a public health nonprofit where she advocated for smoke-free air policies.  

Chandra is a senior attorney in the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Chapel Hill office specializing in water quality and environmental justice issues. Chandra first began her career at SELC in 2006, following years of practice as a consumer protections attorney. She also serves as an adjunct professor at University of North Carolina School of Law and on the board of the North Carolina Justice Center.

 

Rev. Jarrod Davis

Jarrod has been a pastor in the NC Conference of the UMC since 2012, and has chaired the NCC Creation Care Committee since 2020. In his time in ministry, Jarrod has been involved in sustainable food production ministries, including founding Selah Community Garden in Sanford and organizing the first Church Garden Network. Through the Conference’s Creation Care Committee, Jarrod has organized and led many events and trainings, including their annual Redeeming Creation conference and the Season of Creation. He has also developed and led Bible studies on what it means for Christians to be a part of God’s creation.