California Conservation Equity Fellow
Creation Justice Ministries seeks to strengthen its Christian community-driven conservation work in the context of the Truth and Healing Movement. By directly confronting institutional racism and violence perpetrated in the name of Christianity, we live out the values of our ecumenical Christian faith as we practice it today: love of neighbor and reverence for God's creation.
As a Christian organization, our truth-telling must articulate and confront the enduring legacy of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery in theology, ministry practice, natural and cultural heritage sites, and conservation law. This truth-telling, as well as careful listening, will inform our healing ministry to prioritize the most vulnerable as we protect, restore, and more rightly share God's creation. We are particularly attuned to the places designated as public lands and waters, which are under our collective stewardship.
For this initial project, we specifically seek to center narratives of Black and Indigenous peoples in California. The State of California has established a Truth and Healing Council as well as a Reparations Task Force. California park and transit agencies are also undergoing a review of discriminatory names. We expect this California state project to influence our ministry nationally.
Through this Fellowship’s first year of efforts we will form:
1) a network of relationships with California stakeholders for equity in the US public lands and waters system, with a particular focus on Indigenous and Black leaders; this network will form the foundation for an emerging collective, such as an advisory or working group.
2) a report with conservation equity policy insights and case studies
3) a publicly available website with information on equity issues in California public lands and waters, with a special emphasis on sites of interest religious and spiritually inclined constituencies
January 15 - November 15, 2021
Creation Justice Ministries is simultaneously running a hiring process for a California Truth and Healing Fellow.
If we find an applicant emerges who is well-qualified to complete the scope of work in both job descriptions, Creation Justice Ministries is open to employing the same person for both, for up to a total of 1,000 hours.