Upcoming Facilitator Trainings
New Facilitator Training – May 24th at 12 PM ET led by Outreach and Engagement Manager, Leila Oakley. Training will include an overview of the role, best practices, and a Q&A. Register today!
Zoom Training for Facilitators – May 12th at 12 PM ET led by Outreach and Engagement Manager, Leila Oakley. Training will include an overview of the Zoom platform, how to utilize the platform for JustFaith Ministries small groups, and a Q&A. Register today!
Upcoming Information Meetings
On Thursday, June 23rd, at 3:30 ET, JustFaith Ministries staff members will provide a meeting for anyone interested in learning about the Racial Justice Series. The meeting will include tips about starting groups in your church or area, general information about the programs, and some time for Q&A. Register today!
Upcoming Tools for Transformation: JustFaith Ministries and Our Programs
Jack Jezreel, M.Div., author and founder of JustFaith will be joined by his colleague Leila Oakley, M.T.S., as they introduce the justice education programs of JustFaith Ministries.
For many years, JustFaith Ministries programs addressing topics ranging from racial justice to environmental care to poverty and nonviolence have impacted the lives of participants and their congregations, leading to deeper commitment and a more vibrant faith. Click here to view our latest video. The pandemic of 2020 dictated that all programming be made available in a virtual format, in addition to an in-person format (when safe and possible).
Please join us to learn what programs JustFaith is offering this year and how to get started.
Acting for Justice Webinars
Join us on Thursday, May 19, 7:00 PM ET, for a presentation by Alecia Brewster and Michael Brown entitled, “Racial Equity in the Clean Energy Transition.”
Overview: Current US data projects that black median wealth will be zero by the year 2053, and many black and brown communities that have suffered the most from energy extraction are being left behind in the clean energy transition. This discussion will provide examples of how the faith community can help create a more just and equitable clean energy transition.
About the speakers:
Inspired by her experiences piloting the EcoJustice: Sacred Land module and the Spirituality and Racial Equity module, Alecia Brewster is now committed to offering these opportunities to everyone in her community and to serving on JustFaith Ministries’ Board of Directors.
Alecia works tirelessly at the intersection of faith, race, poverty and climate justice. In addition to serving as a JustFaith facilitator and organizer, Alecia operates LoveFirst consultancy focused on creating structures for civic engagement and meaningful engagement of marginalized residents in community decision making. Current projects include facilitating capacity building in environmental justice communities and helping to advance South Carolina’s clean energy transition.
When Alecia is not out working to advance equity and justice, you’ll find her in the Pilates studio or spending time with her children Zora, Zachary Jr and Alissa Grace.
Michael Brown holds a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina. A trained apiarist certified in Sustainable Agriculture and Permaculture, Michael serves on the Boards of Directors for the South Carolina Food Policy Council and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, respectively. He works daily to combat the reality of food deserts in communities throughout the state. As a recognized environmental justice advocate, Michael champions sustainable approaches in community resiliency through energy policy reforms, community development implementation of efficient energy alternatives in low income communities, affordable housing innovation and transformative healthy lifestyle practices. Michael’s passion about helping to “heal the land” propelled him to start in 2019 a regenerative urban farm, Roots of Life.
Social Activist Roundtable
Join us for a monthly conversation about the best practices and current examples & ideas about getting engaged in the work of justice. JustFaith Ministries Program Director, Rev. Kristin Dollar will lead a conversation about the practical steps and possibilities of putting faith and love into action.
The monthly gathering will meet on second Wednesdays from March to December, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Rev. Kristin Dollar is the Director of Programs at JustFaith Ministries, collaborating with experts in their fields to compile and write the materials for our programs. As a United Methodist pastor from South Carolina, Kristin has served a variety of congregations: large and wealthy, small and rural, multicultural and progressive, Spanish-speaking and conservative. Kristin has a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree in English from Furman University. She has experience with homelessness and end-of-life ministry and is particularly passionate about liberation theology and immigration justice.
The registration fee is free for JustFaith Network members and $10/gathering for non-members. Learn more below.
God in the Margins
Starting Tuesday, March 15: God in the Margins; the JustFaith Scripture Study – Join us for a monthly Zoom Bible study as scripture scholar Tricia Hoyt hosts a conversation about critical texts related to the work of justice and mercy. Strong emphasis will be given to dialog and conversation.
The monthly gathering will meet on third Tuesdays from March to December, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Tricia Hoyt is a biblical scholar, retreat director, leadership trainer, educator, and writer. Originally from Ireland, she resided in France and Peru before moving to the U.S. in 1981. She worked for 30 years as an educator and leadership trainer in Arizona, and served as director of the Office of Peace and Justice and director of the School of Biblical Studies at Kino Institute. She is an original co-author of the spirituality program now known as Grace Within, and was one of the architects of a JustFaith Ministries program, Hunger for Change. She served on the JustFaith Ministries Board for eight years and currently serves on the editorial board for the journal “AMOS: A Matter of Justice” and as a consultant for Northwest Michigan Supportive Housing. She travels frequently to offer workshops on biblical storytelling and a spirituality for justice. Tricia holds a MA in Adult Christian Community Development from Regis University in Denver, and has completed ten years of doctoral work in Biblical Interpretation at Brite Divinity School (TCU), Fort Worth.
The registration fee for the ten sessions is $40 for JustFaith Network members and $75 for non-members. You can register here.
Monday, February 28: JustBooks – A book study exploring an important work that speaks to the cause of justice. Beginning Monday, February 28, Dr. Vicki Vernon Lott will lead an 8-week book study of New York Times bestseller Caste by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson.
The book study will meet on eight consecutive Mondays (Feb 28; Mar 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18) from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Dr. Vicki Vernon Lott works as Associate Racial Equity Consultant for Joyce James Consulting, and is a certified facilitator of Racial Sobriety with Father Clarence Williams. She is a member of the Pax Christi Anti-Racist Team and a former member of Pax Christi’s Board; she also serves on the JustFaith Ministries Board and was one of the primary architects of JustFaith Ministries Racial Justice program series. She and Joyce James serve as Co-chairs of the Social Justice Ministry at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Austin TX, where they hold monthly courageous conversations on racial justice. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College in Green Bay, and her master’s and doctorate degrees from LSU. She had a 32-year career in higher education administration, working at five Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Participants will need to buy the book and read Part One in advance of the first session.
The registration fee is $40 for JustFaith Network members and $75 for non-members.