CALIFORNIA TRUTH AND HEALING FELLOWSHIP
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.
We aim for our first year of efforts to culminate in:
1) the beginning of an organized constituency of California religious community leaders who are educated and ready to act in support of Black and Indigenous-led initiatives for truth, healing, and racial justice in conservation policy
2) a publicly available website with information on the historic role of California Christian communities in racial justice conservation issues
Scope of this Fellowship
January 2021-November 2021
Creation Justice Ministries is simultaneously searching for a California Equity in Conservation Fellow.
If 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 to do both for up to a total of 1,000 hours.