A Sustainable Race: Opening New Streams of Justice in our Environmental and Food Systems will be held September 16-17 2016 at the Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, NC.
Hanging up the phone, I couldn’t believe the heart to heart connection I felt. I had just spoken to the Reverend Dele, a visiting professor in permaculture at Virginia Union University. She was recently accepted to the Foundations for Christian Leadership program at Duke. She also has served as a consultant with NCIPL, who is also co-sponsoring this event.
I have learned that the Rev. Dele has many abilities that include contemplative practices and social activism, and she uses her skills as a Climate Reality Leader to assist churches to model sustainability efforts in underserved communities.
For young adults in NC, she is organizing a retreat to train leaders in environmental and food justice. Our food movement will not move without the voices of the youth and young adults. These young people need to know a different reality– one that supports, encourages, and allows all to have the right to access to healthy local foods, and a safe environment.
Rev. Dele is calling all voices to action. She says, “Justice is required to sustain life on our common home – the Earth. Humans must behave and act differently towards each other as well as the planet if we are to become a sustainable race.”
During the leadership training you can expect to see:
- Contemplative practices that loosen the personal strands we hold to environmental and food injustices. The goal is to transform, heal, and nurture our spirits for the work of Earth justice.
- Group exercises that name injustices, organize working groups across disciplines, and create new hope-filled streams of knowing and being.
- Dialogue that creates plans of action to be shared in other justice venues.
Rev. Dele will be accompanied by the Rev. Steve Halsted who will co-facilitate the workshop with her. The Rev. Steve Halsted is a retired United Church of Christ clergy person from the Massachusetts, Southwest, and Southern Conferences and Congregational Consultant for North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light.
You can register for the event at www.revdele.com.
EARLY BIRD Registration of $187 includes 1night lodging, 3 meals plus the transformative workshop! $200 beginning August 1st.