Intersection of poverty, environment focus of April 21 live webcast

Posted Mar 30, 2012

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The Intersection of Poverty and the Environment on April 21 in a live webcast beginning at 10 am Mountain (9 am Pacific, 11 Central, noon Eastern). The program will be available at no charge on the Episcopal Church website

Viewers will be able to submit questions to the panelists during the two-hour webcast, originating from St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Salt Lake City, UT. A Facilitator’s Guide and resources to optimize viewing and participation are available here:


The event will be moderated by Kim Lawton of PBS’s Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will lead the program with her keynote address. Prior to ordination, Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori was an oceanographer and she is well-versed in environmental matters.

The first panel will discuss:  Can Sustainability Initiatives Lift Those in Poverty?  Participants include: Bonnie Anderson, President of the Episcopal Church House of Deputies, and author of Spirituality and the Earth; Exploring Connections; Dr. George Handley, Professor of Humanities at Brigham Young University, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and contributor to LDS Perspectives on Environmental Stewardship; and Majora Carter, CEO, Majora Carter Group.

The second panel will address: Reducing Environmental Health Consequences for those in Poverty. Among the participants are: Cecilia Calvo, Eco-Justice Director, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Dr. Gerry Hardison, Chief Medical Officer, Maseno Mission Hospital, Kenya, and Episcopal Church missionary; and Jaslyn Dobrahner, Environmental Justice Pilot Program Director, EPA.

Initiating the conversations will be two timely and compelling videos: Kivalina, from the Episcopal Church’s Wayfarer Series, which delves into the challenges brought by environmental issues facing a 1000 year old Artic Circle village; Environmental Health and Justice for Those in Poverty, a video produced by the Diocese of Utah that highlights efforts underway to bring faith-based organizations, the community, and the government together in Salt Lake City to address environmental issues affecting the health of those in poverty.

Viewers will be able to submit questions to the participants during the live webcast by emailing


Resources such as bibliography, materials for community and individual review, websites, discussion questions, Sunday school lessons, environmental resources will be available.

The forum is ideal for group watching and discussion, or on demand viewing for Earth Day observations as well as Sunday School, discussions groups, community gatherings, and other get-togethers.

The Intersection of Poverty and the Environment aligns with the Anglican Five Marks of Mission, specifically “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”

The event leads the way in implementing the recommendations of the Environment and Climate Change Committee of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to hold regional conferences on engaging faith and community groups in environmental stewardship.