EJ Practitioners Network

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The Environmental Justice Practitioners’ Network (EJPN) is a community of practice for Unitarian Universalist environmental and climate justice leaders.

On monthly webinars, we engage in reflection and education and deepen our faith grounding for environmental justice. Together we witness essential models and build skills for partnering with people in front line communities. Guest speakers share on wide-ranging, cutting-edge environmental and climate justice topics.

Launched in 2015 by the Green Sanctuary Program, and developed in partnership with the UU Ministry for Earth since early 2016, the EJPN now has more than 300 UU leaders who have joined this community of practice.




Upcoming calls:

  • Thursdays, 7:30pm EST / 4:30pm PST
    • January 25th, 2018 - with Salote Soqo, UUSC Senior Program Manager for Climate Action & Environmental Justice
    • February 22nd - with Jan Booher, Project Director of the UU Justice Florida Climate Resilience Ministry
    • March 22nd - with Catherine Coleman Flowers, Director of Environmental Justice and Civic Engagement at the Center for Earth Ethics, Founder of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise Community Development Corporation (ACRE), and Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative
    • April 26th - with Elandria Williams, Member of the UUA Board of Trustees, Co-Moderator of the UUA General Assembly, Member of the Education Team at the Highlander Research and Education Center, Board Member of the US. Solidarity Economy Network, the Democracy at Work Institute, and the Pedagogy of the Theater of the Oppressed, Coordinator of the Southern Grassroots Economies Project, Co-Editor of the book "Beautiful Solutions"
    • May 24th - with Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman, Associate at the Temple Sinai of Brookline, MA, creator of the Clergy Climate Action Pledge, ClergyClimateAction.org, a project of the Climate Disobedience Center, to organize religious leaders to take direct action for climate justice.




Past calls (Many are viewable on our YouTube Channel):

  • November 30, 2017: Just Transitions from Extreme Extraction with Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network Lead Organizer - Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign

  • October 26, 2017: NAACP Encironmental and Climate Justice Program Overview with Jacqui Patterson, NAACP Director of Environmental & Climate Justice Program
  • September 28, 2017:  USA's Toxic Prisons: The Environmental Injustices of Mass Incarceration with special guest Candice Bernd, editor/staff reporter at Truth-out.org and co-producer of Don't Frack With Denton, a documentary chronicling how her hometown became the first city to ban fracking in Texas, and its subsequent overturn in the state legislature. She received the Dallas Peace and Justice Center's "Media Accountability of the Year" award in 2016. Candice is a member of the collaboration between Truthout.org and Earth Island Journal to document America's Toxic Prisons.

  • August 24, 2017: UU and Indigenous Collaboration, with Elder Johnnie Aseron (Director of the InterNational Initiative for Transformative Collaboration) and Rev. Karen Van Fossan (minister for the Bismarck-Mandan UU Fellowship and Church).

  • May 23, 2017: UUA Presidential Candidates' Environmental Justice Positions will be discussed based on responses to questions presented by UU Ministry for Earth and Food Justice Ministries.

  • April 13, 2017: Art & Storytelling for Community & Justice Building, with Jayeesha Dutta, National Community Arts Program Manager for the People's Climate Movement and co-founder of the New Orleans' Radical Arts and Healing Collective

  • March 23, 2017: Preparing for the People’s Climate March, with Rev. Karen Brammer, Green Sanctuary Program Director, and Aly Tharp, Programs Coordinator for UU Ministry for Earth & UU Young Adults for Climate Justice

  • February 9, 2017: Grounding for Escalation, with Caitlin Breedlove, Campaign Director, and Nora Rasman, Campaign Coordinator, Standing on the Side of Love

  • January 12, 2017: Widening the Circle: Learning from the Community & Creating Climate Justice, with Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director at the UUA
  • November 10, 2016: Advancing Environmental Justice: A Model of Fusion Climate Justice, with Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler, Vice-Chair of the Justice Action Mobilization Network
  • October 13, 2016: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Indigenous Solidarity, with Psera Newman & Jimmy Betts
  • September 8, 2016: Anti-Oppressive Disaster Preparation and Response, with Paul Dalzell, an activist and organizer with Advocates for a Safe Water System and the Clean Water Task Force