Classes & Workshops
Take advantage of our educational offerings, created by seasoned experts and theologians seeking to enhance your knowledge and practice of environmental stewardship.
Active Hope – Taught by Beth Remmes, GIPL Board member. Based on the work of Joanna Macy, this participatory workshop addresses the environmental and cultural problems that we are facing. Participants will engage in exercises to help us support one another as we go forth and work towards a more sustainable, just, and peaceful world where all beings can thrive. This workshop is part of the Four Directions Fund.
Advocacy 101 – Taught by Codi Norred, Executive Director for GIPL, this class provides an overview of GIPL’s primary policy priorities, including: coal ash, offshore drilling, and Plant Vogtle. The goal of this workshop is to educate your congregation on the issues, and provide practical ways for you to engage in advocacy around these issues. This workshop can also be coupled with a letter writing campaign or training for legislative meetings
The Biblical Sabbatical Year – Taught by Myrtle Lewin, active congregant of Ahavath Achim Synagogue. We will explore the challenges of honoring the Sabbatical (Leviticus 25) and Jubilee years, the opportunities we might create by embedding some ancient practices into our religious life, and our responsibilities to the earth and all its inhabitants.
Changing the Conversation: Talking About Climate Change Without Sounding Partisan – Taught by Dr. Mark Douglas, professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary. Dialogue tools and faith-specific resources to engage congregational leaders on climate change and its impacts on Georgia’s communities. Highly recommended for clergy and congregational faith leaders.
Christian Responses to Climate-Shaped Conflict – a three-week series taught by Dr. Mark Douglas. This class seeks to raise awareness of how certain global conflicts are directly tied to natural resources, climate change and environmental degradation. Participants engage in ways that our faith can shape an ethical response to these conflicts and provide healing to a hurting world ravaged by environmental chaos.
Climate and Health – Taught by GIPL Board member, Neha Pathak, the focus of this workshop will be on how climate change impacts health, with a focus on climate and health risks in Georgia. We will discuss how to mitigate the risks from heat-related illness, poor air quality, and a lengthening allergy season.
Convictions for an Apocalyptic Ecology — Taught by Dr. Stanley P. Saunders, associate professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. Dr. Saunders considers the evidence of a new creation found in John’s Revelation as well as Colossians and the Pauline letters. He highlights Christ’s redemptive power for all of creation and not just human inhabitants.
Creation Care 101 — Taught by Hannah Shultz, Program Associate at GIPL. Drawing from GIPL resources and those from your particular faith tradition, this class highlights ways your faith community can establish a Creation Care program. Practical steps include how to implement energy and water efficiencies, creative earth-friendly solutions to waste disposal, and sustainable purchasing for the church as well as spiritual tools to sustain the work.
Drawdown Georgia for Congregations: Time to Take the Next Step – Taught by Hannah Shultz, Program Associate at GIPL. This workshop will review the 20 high impact Drawdown Georgia solutions for cutting Georgia’s carbon impact by one-third by 2030 and will focus on the steps that congregations can take to engage with specific solutions. Congregations will learn about practical actions for reducing their carbon impact and the ways they can advocate for policies related to these solutions.
The Earth is the Lord’s: A Christian Theology of Environmental Stewardship – Taught by Dr. Mark Douglas. This lecture explores environmental ethics from a Christian perspective, taking into account historical documents and current experience of environmental issues, guiding participants in shaping an ethical response to today’s environmental challenges.
Earth’s Story in the Old Testament — Taught by Dr. William P. Brown, professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. This class takes a closer look at the Creation story as found in Genesis 1 & 2 as well as Creation stories found in five additional books of the Hebrew Bible. . Class participants also will learn “The Genesis Code.”
Eating the World: Religion, Consumption and Ethics – Taught by Rabbi Jonathan K. Crane, professor of religion and bioethics at Emory University. This class encounters sources from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam that speak about eating. Not only do these traditions agree about how to eat well, we will see that contemporary science endorses this ancient eating strategy.
Energy Equity: Advancing Clean Energy in Georgia – Taught by Hannah Shultz, Program Associate at GIPL. This workshop addresses the environmental and public health impacts associated with our current energy generating sources and the factors contributing to energy burden in GA. The workshop will also explore clean energy options such as energy efficiency and solar and ways your faith community can engage in advocacy around these issues and advance clean energy as individuals and a congregation.
Environmental Justice 101 – Taught by Hannah Shultz, Program Associate at GIPL. As people of faith, we affirm our call to advocate for the responsible and just stewardship of God’s Creation as well as the just and equitable treatment of our neighbors. This workshop aims to educate faith communities about environmental justice, the history of the environmental justice movement, and ways they can address local environmental concerns that affect their neighborhoods, their cities, and their state.
Faithful Responses to Reducing Waste – Taught by Hannah Shultz, Program Associate at GIPL. The goal of this class is to help your faith community understand the environmental and justice concerns related to the use of single-use plastics and the challenges associated with recycling in Georgia. This workshop will explore opportunities to address plastics at a policy level and solutions to help your congregation reduce and divert waste onsite.
Good Food – Taught by Dr. Jennifer Ayres, professor of Religious Education at Emory’s Candler School of Theology and ordained Presbyterian minister. This class will explore how our current food system reflects (or does not) the faith values of abundance, gratitude and justice. Participants learn about food deserts as a justice issue and practical ways congregations actively can address this problem in their communities.
The House of Prayer for All People: Scientific Perspectives and God’s Creation — Taught by Dr. Dabney Dixon, professor of chemistry at Georgia State University and GIPL Board Member. With degrees in both biochemistry and theology, she offers practical learning about the science behind our current environmental problems as well as faithful solutions that can be embraced by all.
Investing with Sustainable Faith Values – Taught by Peter Krull, sustainable financial planner. This class explores the issue of divestment from financial portfolios that include fossil fuel stocks, leading congregations and individuals towards the work of investing in positive funds that are a stronger reflection of their sustainable faith values.
Purposefully Drive Legislation – Taught by Imam Arshad Anwar. Islam has a rich history of jurisprudence. Over the centuries, Muslim scholars have polished and advanced concepts to understand and apply legislation inspired by faith-based values. This short course introduces the concept of “Maqasid” or the purpose of legislation in Islamic law. These concepts can help those engaged in purpose driven work.
Sister Water – Taught by Dr. Rob McDowell, geologist and active parishioner of Catholic Shrine of Immaculate Conception. We can’t go more than 3 days without water, and from baptism to the Eucharist, water spiritually links us to God. A journey through the Hebrew Scriptures, the Gospels, and science provides solid footing for a Franciscan approach to Creation that seeks to re-awaken our respect for water.
Youth Activism – Taught by Hannah Shultz, Program Associate and Joanna Kobylivker, Community Organizer. This workshop, designed specifically for youth, provides an introduction to the topics of creation care and climate change while exploring ways that young leaders can raise their voices for change. Youth will view environmental stewardship and justice through the lens of their faith tradition and will gain practical skills in addressing pressing climate issues. This class will highlight ways for youth to get involved at a congregational, community, and policy level.
Didn’t see a class that fits your needs? Contact GIPL at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll create a program specific for your faith community!
- Single Service with Preaching/Homily – $150
- Single Education Class – $75
- Film Screening with Presentation – $150
*Please note: These suggested amounts apply to Metro Atlanta locations. Locations outside of the metro area will be asked to submit an honorarium plus the cost of mileage ($0.56/mile).