Healing Waters Retreat
October 14th-15th, Charleston, WV
Welcome to the Healing Waters Retreat Landing Page! Get to know your fellow attendees before coming to the retreat!
Shantha Ready Alonso
As Executive Director of Creation Justice Ministries, Shantha is tuned into the Church's unique role in uplifting our sacred relationship with water. She believes that as Christians, we have a moral responsibility to protect, restore, and rightly sharing this gift of God's creation which sustains all life. She looks forward to learning from water justice leaders of West Virginia, and weaving networks of solidarity, prayer, and change. Shantha is from Indio, CA.
Janet Keating retired from the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition after 24 years and was this OVEC’s Executive Director from 2007-2016. OVEC’s work encompasses protecting the Ohio Valley region’s water, air, land and people from the harmful impacts of industrial pollution. As a graduate student she focused primarily on water and believes access to clean, potable water is a human right. At the retreat, Janet wants to deepen her connections with others who share her belief that water is a sacred gift from God and learn ways to articulate this to others. She will be coming from Glenwood, WV.
April Pierson-Keating's relation to fresh water is that we are all water, water is life, and clean water is a human and animal right. She has been fighting for water justice/environmental and social justice now for ten years through advocacy, activism, and education. The last retreat April attended was loving, restorative, and supporting. She felt a lot of creative energy and learned a lot, and she hopes to find all of that and more this time! April is coming from Buckhannon, WV.
Annika Harley serves as the Creation Justice Fellow where she focuses on advocating for everyone's right to clean & accessible fresh water. Annika looks forward to connecting with and learning from front-line fresh water advocates. She is located in Washington, DC.
Rev. Robin Blakeman
Rev. Robin Blakeman serves as the project coordinator for the Ohio [River] Valley Environmental Coalition, (OVEC), which has a focus on multiple environmental issues including West Virginia and Ohio River Valley water quality. Rev. Blakeman is an ordained Presbyterian minister, and very aware of a calling to help care for and preserve God's good creation. Rev. Blakeman hopes to gain stronger connections with other water justice warriors in West Virginia and other places. She hopes to re-charge my spiritual batteries,as the struggle to preserve healthy ecosystems is incredibly draining.
Dr. Martina Angela Caretta
Dr. Caretta focuses her academic practice as an assistant professor of geography at WVU and a feminist geographer believing and teaching equal access to clean resources. She looks forward to getting to know people that are organizing against the industry and that believe in clean water. Dr. Caretta is coming to the retreat from WVU, Morgantown.
Sharon M. Day
Sharon Day is a speaker at the retreat. She is the executive Director of the Indigenous People's Task Force and leads water walks. Sharon is looking forward to learning more about what is happening in West Virginia in terms of water. She will be coming from Saint Paul, MN.
Sue DeVall is on the WV Interfaith Power & Light. This year she testified before the EPA regarding the Mercury Standards Rule and works in various ways to get the RECLAIM Act passed. Sue looks forward to learning about the multitude of water related issues in West Virginia to take this info back to the Eastern Panhandle. She also looks forward to sharing about water issues in her part of the state. Sue lives in Hedgesville, WV in the Eastern Panhandle.
Dr. Leah Rampy
Dr. Leah Rampy is part of Interfaith Power & Light. Additionally, She is the founder and guide for the recently-formed Church of the Wild ~ Two Rivers; we invite people to deepen their spiritual connection to the sacred waters through time in nature. Dr. Rampy hopes to connect with others who are seeking a greater understanding of and commitment to issues of water protection and justice, and to bring the learning back to the communities I support. Dr. Rampy lives in Sheperdstown, WV.