Environmental Justice Seminar
Monday, November 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM

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Frazer UMC
6000 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, AL 36117

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Susan Hunt

"The Gospel of Environmental and Climate Justice"

What is environmental justice? Why should we care? What is the role of Christians in ensuring environmental justice? How can you be on the front lines for change? For example, in Lowndes County, Alabama, there is an infestation of hookworms, a parasite normally only seen in developing countries. Entities contend state and county health officials have failed to address sewage conditions that led to the hookworm problem in the county. What does our faith say about this issue? And how can we be better caretakers of the earth and its resources?

Come to Frazer UMC on November 4, 2019, to get answers to these questions and more. We will hear from speaker Catherine Flowers of the Equal Justice Initiative of Montgomery, AL.  We will also watch a video, "The Accidental Environmentalist."  There will be time for Q&A at the end.

The seminar begins at 6:00 p.m. in Wesley Hall.

For more background on our speaker and this topic, click here.

Catherine Coleman-Flowers, Rural Development Manager at EJI, is a native of Lowndes County, Alabama. She taught high school in Detroit, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. before returning home to advocate for poor people in Alabama's Black Belt. She is the founder and director of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise and joined EJI in summer 2008 as part of EJI's Race and Poverty initiative.

Our second speaker will be Charles Walters, a local farmer, and a sawmill operator. He has a Masters of Divinity from Duke and studied Agrarian Theology. He has a passion for environmental justice, sustainable agriculture, and sustainable living. He incorporates sustainable practices and care for the environment in his farming and sawmill. 

Some books to consider:

Bloody Lowndes by Hasan Jeffries
At Canaan's Edge by Taylor Branch
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson


An excerpt from an article about the sewage issue in Lowndes County, AL:
"Whether we found hookworms or didn't, it wouldn't change the fact that that [infrastructure] needs to be addressed."

Lowndes County suffers from a number of sewage issues, as much of the county is too rural to connect to municipal sewer lines, while the heavy, clay-laden soil makes many septic systems ineffective and those that work more expensive to install.

As a result, many residents resort to "straight pipe" disposal of wastewater, in which the house's sewage and wastewater {are} pumped through a PVC pipe onto the ground near the house. Such practices result in offensive odors and public health concerns.

This event is sponsored by the Conference Board of Church and Society.
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