Putting Sustainability into Action in Religious Facilities

Faith Communities Environmental Education Program with the Hudson Rivertowns Faith Communities

Published: Thursday, April 28, 2011 7:00 am

GreenfaithSave the Date: May 15, 2011 from 2-4 p.m.

Putting Sustainability into Action in Religious Facilities

Faith Communities Environmental Education Program

with the Hudson Rivertowns Faith Communities

GreenFaith and the Greenburgh Hebrew Center will partner a special program for the faith communities of the Hudson Rivertowns communities and environs Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. at the Greenburgh Hebrew Center, 515 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry and will conduct an afternoon program on the religious basis for environmental action. We invite and encourage both clergy, parishioners, and congregants to attend.

The program - Putting Sustainability into Action in Religious Facilities – will:

  • provide an introduction to sacred texts and theologies that relate to environmental sustainability.
  • present effective strategies and resources to help houses of worship ‘green’ their facilities

Teaching methods will include the study and discussion of sacred texts, viewing video clips showing religious leaders providing environmental leadership, “walk-throughs” of religious facilities to identify ‘greening’ opportunities, and group discussion.   Ample time for discussion and interaction will make the event engaging and meaningful for participants.

Two GreenFaith staff will lead the day.  The Rev. Fletcher Harper and Rabbi Lawrence Troster are both nationally-recognized religious-environmental educators and leaders who have keynoted conferences and co-led continuing education programs for lay and ordained leaders through seminaries, houses of worship and interfaith clergy councils around the country.  Harper and Troster together have over 30 years of experience leading congregations.

The Rev. Fletcher Harper, an Episcopal priest and GreenFaith’s Executive Director, is an award-winning spiritual writer and nationally recognized preacher on the environment. He served as a parish priest and in leadership positions in the Episcopal Church prior to joining GreenFaith. He was named New Jersey’s 2006 Environmental Leader of the Year by NJ Environmental Commissioner Lisa Jackson, won a Transformational Fellowship from Trinity Church-Wall Street in 2008, and accepted a 2009 award on GreenFaith’s behalf from the UN Secretary General at a global celebration of religious-environmental leadership in England.

Rabbi Lawrence Troster, a Conservative rabbi and GreenFaith’s Fellowship Program Director and Rabbinic Scholar, is a nationally recognized leading Jewish environmentalist.  He has mentored over 70 GreenFaith Fellows and assisted them in writing their eco-theological statements and planning their environmental leadership projects. He has worked in Jewish leadership positions, and as rabbi of congregations in Toronto and New Jersey and has published over 50 articles on environmental theology and the relationship of Judaism to modern science.  He has lectured widely on theology, environmentalism, liturgy, bioethics, cosmology and Judaism.