Wanda Guthrie Begins GreenFaith Fellowship

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       Media Contacts:

October 22, 2014                                   Rev. Fletcher Harper

revfharper@greenfaith.org | 732-565-7740, ext. 301

Wanda Guthrie

environment@thomasmertoncenter.org|

Wanda Guthrie Begins GreenFaith Fellowship

National Initiative Training Diverse Religious-Environmental Leaders

Today, GreenFaith announced that Wanda Guthrie will join the Fellowship Class of 2015.  Wanda Guthrie will join 30 classmates from religious traditions including Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha’i, and Unitarian Universalist.  Members of this class of Fellows work in a wide variety of settings, including congregations, universities, environmental and religious NGO’s, denominational organizations, and peace organizations  “I’m looking forward to joining the Fellowship community,” said Wanda Guthrie.  “I’m deeply concerned about the threats facing the planet, and believe that religious communities can make an important impact.  I want to contribute to that movement.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome these new Fellows into the Program,” said Rev. Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith’s Executive Director.  “We look forward to working with them to support their growth as religious-environmental leaders.”

Since 2008, GreenFaith has trained over 130 Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Unitarian leaders for environmental leadership.  Through three residential retreats, monthly webinars, and extensive reading, the Fellows will receive education and training in eco-theology, “greening” the operation of religious institutions, environmental advocacy, and environmental justice. Each Fellow writes their own eco-theological statement and carries out a leadership project in their community, mobilizing religious leaders in relation to an environmental issue.  Upon graduating, they will join the Fellowship’s alumni/ae network and mentor other emerging leaders in this field.

Harper directs the Program, with support from a multi-faith and multi-disciplinary faculty.  “This program will offer these leaders the opportunity to become well-trained leaders in religious environmentalism,” said Harper.  “They will help create an environmentally just and sustainable world.”

GreenFaith is an interfaith environmental coalition whose mission is to educate and mobilize diverse religious communities for environmental leadership.  Founded in 1992, GreenFaith is a leader in the fast-growing religious-environmental movement and has won national and international recognition for its work.  For more information, see www.greenfaith.org.

GreenFaith is grateful to the Kendeda Sustainability Fund for support for the Fellowship Program.  For more information, visit www.greenfaith.org.

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