by Jenna Hoover Cobb
I’m not used to the environmental movement looking like me. As a biracial Indonesian-American woman in environmental education, the leaders on the stages and screens of my field rarely reminded me of the faces of my family and community.
However, being a part of Creation Justice Ministries' Faithful Climate BIPOC Fellowship changed that. I felt hope in God’s Creation when I saw and learned from women of color and faith leading transformative climate action in their communities and organizations.
One of Jenna’s favorite places in creation: a meadow in Phil & Nell Soto Park in Pomona, CA.
I felt hope in God’s Creation when I saw and learned from women of color and faith leading transformative climate action in their communities and organizations.
While developing my project of a climate change presentation for youth groups with a focus on contextualizing it for my Asian American church, I was celebrated and resourced with affirmation and connections to other groups doing similar work like the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. As I go forward in my work of partnering with my local communities in Southern California to seek God’s transformation through education and advocacy,
I don’t feel alone anymore.
Both my community of fellowship peers and trainers as well as the work and organizations
I learned about give me hope that the changes we are making in our communities are a part of God’s work in bringing God’s community of creation here, even in the face of climate change.
Jenna Hoover Cobb
Jenna was one of the fifteen Faithful
Climate BIPOC Fellows in 2022.
by Rev. Gerald Godette
I felt immense gratitude towards Creation Justice Ministries when I worked together with Avery Davis in the summer of 2021 putting together a film that allowed my wife Lillian, Pastor of St. Paul AME Zion church in Aurora, North Carolina an opportunity to tell our story of how climate change had affected her church after Hurricane Irene.
On a separate occasion we worked together sharing how my wife Lillian’s church and my church, Reels Chapel AME Zion Church were impacted after Hurricane Florence in 2018 and how our congregations were resilient after each of these events, due to the teaching, the preaching and the determination to take care of God’s gifts to us.
We all shared how religion played a part in how we can together impact climate change from the pulpit.
Finally, during a June Summit in the summer of 2022 Lillian and I were again graciously allowed to take part in an event that included our churches along with many other churches from many denominations. We all shared how religion played a part in how we can together impact climate change from the pulpit. God has given us this earth, this Universe to take care of and not destroy.
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This blog shares the activities of Creation Justice Ministries. We educate and equip Christians to protect, restore, and rightly share God's creation.