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Speakers’ Bureau

Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia are blessed with many skilled speakers whose environmental work is rooted in their faith tradition, and with passionate environmental educators who know how to share green skills and enthusiasm with diverse religious groups. The speakers and teachers below are ready to offer guest sermons, text studies, adult forum presentations, youth group programming and skills workshops on environmental themes in local congregations. Unless otherwise noted, honorarium for guest sermon or 1-hour workshop is $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date). To schedule one of these speakers for your congregation, email program@gwipl.org

Table of Contents

Name Religious Tradition Location Availability
Lisa Bardack Jewish/Unitarian Baltimore area
Kristin Barker Buddhist DC metro area
Rose M. Berger Catholic DC/MD
Dr. William Blair Presbyterian near Baltimore
Dottie Bockstiegel Christian Anywhere
Kolya Braun-Greiner Christian Metro DC/MD
Bill Breakey Presbyterian Central MD
Barry Chenkin - Metro DC/MD
Lenard Cohen Unitarian Universalist Anywhere
Rachel B. Cohen Reform Judaism Metro DC
MJ Crom - Metro DC
William Dinges Catholic Metro DC
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb Jewish Metro DC
Self-Discussion Circle Anywhere
Rev. Terence Ellen Unitarian Anywhere
Rebecca Elliott Christian Metro DC
Peter Ensign - DC/MD suburbs
Mary Gaut Christian/Presbyterian Anywhere
Darriel Harris Christian near Baltimore
Interfaith Youth for Climate Justice Workshop Anywhere
David Kepley Presbyterian Anywhere
Alexei Laushkin Christian Anywhere
Mike Little Christian Anywhere
Evonne Marzouk Orthodox Judaism Metro DC
Ellen Cecile McBarnette Episcopalian Metro DC
Danielle Meitiv Conservative Judaism Metro DC/MD
Dan Misleh Catholic Metro DC
Rev. Meredith Moise Old Catholic Baltimore City/Baltimore County
Beth Norcross Methodist Metro DC
Joelle Novey Jewish Anywhere
Leah and Ana Rampy Christian/Unitarian/Buddhist Metro DC, NoVA
Byron Sandford Quaker Metro DC
Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter Methodist Anywhere (for keynote only)
Rev. Helen Smith Methodist Metro DC/Western MD
Josh Tulkin Reform Judaism Metro DC

 

Lisa Bardack
Religious Tradition: Jewish/Unitarian
Programs offered:
adult education
Program description:
The natural gas extraction process known as fracking may soon be coming to Maryland, especially given the possible construction of Dominion Resources’ Cove Point liquid natural gas export facility in southern Maryland. The potential impacts to public health and safety are serious and real, yet most Marylanders know little about fracking and the Cove Point facility. Lisa offers a presentation that looks at the basic facts on fracking and Cove Point, as well as the moral consequences inherent in fracking. Does fracking honor the basic covenant, to love thy neighbor as thyself? Does it honor our role as stewards of this sacred living Earth, the critical need to protect our natural resources? Does it honor our obligation to children and future generations, to leave the world a better place than we found it? Quality time with congregants to reflect on Maryland’s energy future will follow the presentation.
Program suitable for:
any congregation
Lives in:
Baltimore, MD
Location availability:
Baltimore area. Willing to present within a 50 mile radius of Baltimore. Will consider other locations on a case-by-case basis.
Lisa Bardack is a writer, social media video producer and multimedia presenter focused primarily on the moral issues inherent in fossil fuel energy and the need to protect our sacred natural resources that sustain life. She has worked for such environmental organizations as The Wilderness Society and Center for Respect of Life and the Environment, where she was involved in the ethical principals for living sustainably on the Earth. Lisa has been involved in the issue of fracking for over three years as both an educator and advocate for a clean energy future.

Suggested honorarium:
$150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Kristin Barker
Religious Tradition: Buddhist
Programs offered:
guest sermon, adult education
Program description:
Kristin can offer a talk that draws upon teachings in the Buddhist tradition that convey the importance of caring for the earth and recognizing the interdependence of all beings. Kristin can also share what Buddhism has to say about inaction, climate denialism, and the causes of climate change, which are ultimately rooted in cravings of the human mind, as well as hope and wise action in the face of tremendous suffering for people and the planet. The talk can further touch upon numerous Buddhist teachings on wisdom and compassion aimed at transforming hearts and minds to be peaceful, loving, and socially engaged.
Program suitable for:
any congregation
Lives in:
Washington, DC
Location availability:
DC metro area
Scheduling availability: Weeknights and weekends
Kristin Barker is a board member of the Buddhist Insight Network and an active member of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW) and dedicated to practicing a Buddhist response to environmental and social injustice. She is the founder of One Earth Sangha (“Sangha” is a Buddhist word for “spiritual community”) to support awakening and responding to the climate emergency through education, sustainable living and advocacy. She is also co-founder of White Awake whose mission is to develop awareness around race dynamics among white people engaged in spiritual communities and progressive causes. Kristin has a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University and currently works at a DC non-profit engaged in environmental work.

Suggested honorarium:
$150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org
Has spoken at: University of Maryland, Asian American Studies Program

Rose M. Berger
Religious Tradition: Roman Catholic
Programs offered:
guest sermon, adult education
Program description:
Some themes for sermons or adult Bible study:
Caring for the Least of These: Matthew 25, Christians, and Climate Change
Birds of the Air: Luke 12, Ecology, and Economics,
Standing on Holy Ground: Christian Theology of Creation Care or any topics on which Ms.  Berger has written for Sojourners Magazine, or a theme to be tailored to the needs of the individual congregation.
Program suitable for:
Christian (any denomination)
Lives in:
Columbia Heights, Washington DC
Location availability:
Prefer DC and Maryland
Rose Marie Berger is a Catholic peace activist and writer. She is a longtime associate editor at the award-winning progressive Christian magazine Sojourners and a regular columnist on spirituality, creation care, scripture, nonviolence, and social justice. Berger is the author of “Who Killed Donte Manning?: The Story of an American Neighborhood” (2010).
Suggested honorarium:
$150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org
Has spoken at: Our Lady Queen of Peace, Church of the Epiphany, St. Camillus Catholic Church, Church Women United

Dr. William Blair
Religious Tradition: Christian/Presbyterian
Programs offered:
youth program, adult education
Program description:
Global Warming and Climate Change from Scientific and Faith Perspectives. As a scientist, Dr. Blair attempts to cut through the misinformation and misunderstandings that are so rampant in the public discussion of these issues, but as a person of faith, he is also motivated by his personal awe and fascination with God’s Creation. Dr. Blair knows how to “bring it down to earth,” providing engaging and understandable presentations for all ages.
Program suitable for:
any congregation
Lives in:
Towson, MD
Location availability:
Typically within an hour of Baltimore, although special cases will be considered.
Dr. William Blair is an astronomer by training and is a research professor in Physics & Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University. He is also a science educator, and has given many public talks, including topics related to science and religion, astronomy, and climate change issues. Dr. Blair also directs the Creation Care Group in the Presbytery of Baltimore, a group that seeks to engage and support churches in establishing and growing creation care ministries.

Suggested honorarium:
$150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org
Has spoken at: St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church

Dottie Bockstiegel
Religious Tradition: 8th Day Faith Community of the Church of the Savior
Programs offered:
guest sermon, youth program, adult education
Program description:
She offers a talk, a poem and a video about Mountain Top Coal mining and the terrible affects it has on those who live near it and how it affects all of us. It includes the struggle of a small group of people in south west Virginia trying to save the mountain that sits right over their town.
Program suitable for:
any congregation
Lives in:
DC
Location availability:
Anywhere
Dottie Bockstiegel is one of the founders of a L’Arche community which provides homes for people who have intellectual disabilities. She has been active in the Church of the Savior in DC for over 37 years. She visited the people who live in Appalachia, a town in south west Virginia, who are trying to save their mountain and she became very interested and concerned about their struggles.

Suggested honorarium:
$50
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Kolya Braun-Greiner
Religious Tradition: Christian/United Methodist/Presbyterian
Programs offered:
guest sermon, youth program, adult education
Program description:
Leads a worship service with sermon focused on environmental stewardship. Offers an interactive/reflective class, workshop, or day retreat for adults or youth on care for Creation, rooted in biblical teaching and church tradition.
Program suitable for:
Christian, including Catholic (trained in Catholic Social Teaching)
Lives in:
Takoma Park, Maryland
Location availability:
Especially, but not limited, to Metro-accessible; Metro DC/MD
Scheduling availability:
A Sunday morning or afternoon is best.  
Kolya Braun-Greiner attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City (’92), M.Div., where she helped form a student group, the “Ecologians.” Kolya’s passion for faith-based social justice and ecological concerns spans her career. She served on the staff of United Methodist Women (’93-’00) where she addressed social justice issues impacting women and children. An experienced facilitator and speaker, Kolya has led groups on the environment, Native American land rights, advocacy for farm workers, and non-violence for youth and adults. From ’07-’14 , she worked for the Catholic Climate Covenant, where she wrote the curriculum “Creation Cries for Justice: Climate Change Impacts & Faithful Response,” for JustFaith Ministries. She currently serves as Program Coordinator for the Trees for Sacred Places Project at the Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake.

Suggested honorarium:
$150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org
Has spoken at: Emanuel United Methodist Church, Church of the Covenant Presbyterian

Bill Breakey
Religious Tradition:Presbyterian
Programs offered: adult education
Program description: I can offer two presentations that aim to involve the audience as much as possible in exploring important issues facing humanity today. Each lasts about 1 hour.
“Let’s Talk About Power” uses a PowerPoint presentation including clips from Jeff Barrie’s award-winning film, “Kilowatt Ours.” It addresses our production and use of electric power from a perspective of stewardship and simplicity.
“The Food We Eat” uses a PowerPoint presentation and film clips, including several by Michael Pollan, to address how our food consumption patterns affect the Earth, our neighbors and our own health and are manipulated by the food industry.

Program suitable for:
any congregation
Lives in:
Towson, MD
Location availability:
Central Maryland  
Bill Breakey is retired from active practice at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a member of Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson, Maryland and has been active in advocating for greater concern and action among people of faith for earth stewardship. He has had leadership roles in Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, the Creation Care Group of the Baltimore Presbytery and the Baltimore Green Forum.

Suggested honorarium:
$150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Barry Chenkin
Programs offered: how-to workshop
Program description:
Learn how to conserve water by installing a rain barrel on your congregational building. Participants can put together their own rain barrels to take home.
Program suitable for:
Any congregation
Lives in:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Location availability:
Maryland, Northern Virginia, or DC
Scheduling availability:
Weekends are best.
When Barry Chenkin couldn’t locate very functional rain barrel products, he developed his own. Now, his efforts have blossomed into Aquabarrel, a rain barrel education and marketing business.

Suggested honorarium:
$150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org
Has spoken at: Providence Presbyterian Church, Silverbrook United Methodist Church

Lenard Cohen
Religious Tradition: Unitarian Universalist
Programs offered: adult education
Program description: Two myths cause people and organizations to avoid sustainable investing strategies: (1) socially responsible investing will reduce investment returns, and (2) we cannot get corporations to be more environmentally and socially responsible. I present proof that these two myths are false and strategies to pursue investments which will make a difference in the world and return competitive results.
Program suitable for: Any congregation
Lives in: Montgomery County
Location availability: Anywhere, generally
Lenard Cohen has been an independent financial advisor since 1981 and my practice emphasizes Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing strategies. He is a Certified Financial Planner and an Accredited Estate Planner. He is a Past President of the Suburban Maryland Estate Planning Council. He is active on several committees of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville.

Suggested honorarium: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

MJ Crom
Programs offered: how-to workshop
Program description:
As a part of my work with the Capital Area Food Bank, I offer gardening workshops to organizations interested in growing produce to distribute to those in need. I currently teach workshops on gardening basics, how to get the most bang for your buck in a garden, gardening with kids, and container gardening. I am developing workshops on composting, rainwater harvest, and food preservation.
Program suitable for:
any congregation
Lives in:
Takoma, Washington DC
Location availability:
DC area. Metro accessible, or within 7-8 miles of Takoma, DC.
Scheduling availability:
any time with proper notice
MJ Crom grew up in Memphis, TN, attending a Methodist church, and came to DC in 2002. She fell in love with the commitment to justice – both social and environmental – of so many in this city. She sees widespread urban gardening as a major piece of the solution to many of society’s problems – from hunger, to health, to climate change.
Suggested honorarium: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date)
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

William D. Dinges
Religious Tradition: Catholic
Program Description: Addresses adult education groups on a variety of issues relating to religion and ecology, as he has done in Catholic parish settings for years
Program Suitable for: any congregation
Location Availability:
DC metro area
William D. Dinges is a professor of religion and culture in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, where he has taught a course on Religion and Ecology for the past 23 years.  He is also a member of the Washington Archdiocesan Environmental Outreach Committee and the St. John the Baptist (Silver Spring) Eco-Ministry group. William has been active in the Chesapeake Covenant Communities group and various environmental initiatives at Catholic University.  He is a native western Kansan, a certified Master Composter, and a serious gardener.
Suggested honorarium: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb
Religious Tradition: Jewish (Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation)
Programs offered:
guest sermon, how-to workshop or class
Program description:
Addresses Jewish environmental education and activism; greening congregations (including solar panels, organic gardens, and Sacred Grounds Initiative; and/or interfaith approaches to Creation care.
Program suitable for:
any congregation
Lives in:
Washington, DC
Location availability:
Bethesda or NW DC have best odds for availability; can occasionally travel further afield, to most anywhere in the metro area
Scheduling availability:
M-F during the day preferred; weeknights and Sabbath (Saturday) more difficult.
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobbfull-time commitments are as Rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation (an EPA Energy Star congregation in Bethesda Maryland), and as family with Minna, Sara, and Gilad. He is also the immediate past Chair of the Steering Committee of Interfaith Power & Light (MD•DC•NoVA), among other religious environmental volunteer efforts, including serving on the steering committees of Religious Witness for the Earth and the national Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life. Besides much eco-Jewish research and writing, he received a 2009 Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary, with a thesis on religion and ecology.
Suggested honorarium: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date), all of which goes to IPL (MD•DC•NoVA).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org
Has spoken at: Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network, InterFaith Conference assembly meeting, All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, All Souls UU Church, Bethesda United Church of Christ, Saint Camillus Catholic Church, Temple Beth Ami, Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning, Tar Sands Action Interfaith Prayer Vigil, Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, Interfaith Power and Light national conference

Self- Discussion Circle Global Warming: Changing CO2urse
Programs offered: workshop
Program description:
Form a discussion group of 8-12 people in your congregation to meet for five sessions  guided by the Simplicity Matters Earth Institute’s discussion circle curriculum, Global Warming: Changing  CO2urse. Discussion circles provide an opportunity to hold deep and meaningful conversations about climate  change, with lots of personal stories. Participants will learn together and offer each other support in considering lifestyle changes leading to a simpler and more sustainable future. The curriculum guides the circle participants in exploring personal values and habits as they relate to climate change; deepening in understanding of the history and science of climate change; and considering both individual and community level actions to curb climate change.
Circles are peer-facilitated, with participants taking turns leading the group. There is no teacher, no preacher, and no expert. Discussion circle participants learn from self-reflection and through discussion with others, and create their own learning experience, which is different for each group. In the DC area, a volunteer facilitator from SMEI can attend the introductory and “wrap-up” sessions to assist with getting started and identifying next steps.
*A new mini-course, Powering a Bright Future, is now available and explores issues related to current energy use and extraction, peak oil, fossil fuel subsidies, energy efficiency, equity, energy policy and even low carbon food tips. Cost is $10, available in PDF format.

Program suitable for: any congregation
Location availability:
Can meet in your congregation or in private homes; your discussion circle participants can decide where to meet.
Scheduling availability:
Five sessions, weekly or bi-weekly. Timing is up to your discussion circle.
Since 2004, the Simplicity Matters Earth Institute has engaged people across Washington, DC, and Maryland in the journey to live more lightly. SMEI believes that real change happens within small groups engaging in deep conversations about things that really matter. SMEI is part of the Northwest Earth Institute Sister Network, and organizes discussion circles based on the NWEI discussion guides. More information here.
Cost of program: Curriculum books: $20 each + $6 shipping for one or two books, and $12 shipping for 3-15 books.
To convene a discussion circle for your congregation: program@gwipl.org

Rev. Terence Ellen
Religious Tradition: Unitarian Universalist
Programs offered:
guest sermon, youth program, adult education, how-to workshop
Program description:
As the Executive Director of Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice and a board member of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network — which Bill McKibben has called the best regional environmental advocacy organization in the US — Rev. Ellen can speak to the moral imperative for religious communities to address climate warming. Further, he can present the wonderful possibility of using one of the greatest wind-power resources on the planet, just off our shore, to move not only this area, but the whole US, toward sustainable energy and so move the U.S. toward being a leader, rather than an obstructer, of the whole planet in meeting this, the greatest moral issue of our time.
Program suitable for:
any congregation
Lives in:
Baltimore, Maryland
Location availability:
Flexible
Scheduling availability:
Flexible
Rev. Terence Ellen has been a Unitarian Universalist minister for 25 years, serving mostly in parish settings until the last five years in a social justice ministry. He was previously an insulation installer in New England during the initial oil embargo days of the 1970′s, where he learned the importance of energy usage as a moral issue. Convinced by Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme of the primary religious importance of the preservation of the Earth as we have known it, and by Bill McKibben, James Hansen, Mike Tidwell, and others of the threat of global warming to ourselves, other species, and all future generations, Rev. Ellen see the response of religious communities to this threat as the primary work given to us as members of this sacred wider community of which we have the supreme privilege of being a part.
To schedule: program@gwipl.org
Has spoken at: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg

Rebecca Elliott
Religious Tradition: Christian
Programs offered:
guest sermon, youth program, adult education, how-to workshop
Program description:
All spiritual traditions call on us to care for those in need. As climate change brings conflict, disease, and hunger to the poorest people, we believers face pressing ethical questions. A short series of workshops for adults or children presents the who, how, and why of climate change. The workshops use props and interactive games to make the science clear. Honest discussions about our own actions and values, including the creation of a personalized carbon tracker for participants, bring viable next steps to light..
Program suitable for:
any congregation
Lives in:
Falls Church, VA and Shaw, DC
Location availability:
Metro DC area
Scheduling availability:

Rebecca Elliott is the former managing director of Live Green, a TEDx speaker, and the recipient of an Ashoka ChangeMaker Award. She is a member of the leadership team of DC EcoWomen and has presented workshops and sermons on social justice and climate change to congregations around DC.
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Peter Ensign
Programs offered: how-to workshop
Program description:
Learn about green infrastructure and low impact development technologies and their benefits. Participate in a hands-on demonstration by assembling a green roof model. Look at options for rain gardens, rain barrels and green roofs on your building site.
Program suitable for:
any congregation
Lives in:
Washington, DC
Location availability:
DC, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties
Scheduling availability:
Flexible
Peter Ensign is Executive Director of DC Greenworks, a 501c3 non-profit that is leading the growth of a green industry that improves the environmental health of our communities in DC and across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed by restoring and renewing waterways, habitats, and communities – unlocking long-term economic opportunities for the region and its inhabitants.
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Mary Gaut
Religious Tradition:Christian/Presbyterian
Program types: guest sermon, adult education
Program description: I am able to do presentations in a variety of formats (adult discussions, sermons, speaking) to help people understand the urgency of addressing environmental issues from an ethical/moral/faith based perspective. I use scientific data and insights to explain the nature of the issues but I also believe that science alone will not change hearts and behaviors. I am most eager to address issues of climate change but have also addressed watershed issues, specifically storm water fees and why controlling run off is essential. I have several sermons that address our responsibility from Biblical and theological perspectives including one titled: From Tree Huggers to Earth Lovers.
Lives in: Towson, MD
Location availability: I would prefer the greater Baltimore metro area but, scheduling permitted, go to the DC or Annapolis area.
Scheduling availability:
Sunday availability is limited. I will consider opportunities on a case by case basis.
Mary Gaut is an ordained minister of 32 years in the PCUSA having received her divinity degree from Princeton Seminary in 1981. She also hold degrees in Journalism and Psychology. She is a pastor of Maryland Presbyterian Church, which has received denominational and ecumenical recognition for its environmental stewardship focus. She is a member of the 2014 fellowship class of GreenFaith, which is an interfaith and international organization committed to addressing environmental issues from a faith based perspective.
Suggested honorarium: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date)
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Darriel Harris

Religious Tradition: Christian
Program types: guest sermon, youth program, adult education, how-to workshop
Program description: 30 to 90 minute talks on how our current industrial food system and food choices impacts environmental sustainability, individual health, public health, justice, and equity for both food producers and consumers (e.g., farmer and farmworker issues as well as problems with healthy food accessibility, particularly in urban areas), and farm animal welfare. Talks provide information about not only what is wrong with the system, but also how individuals and congregations can take positive steps to help improve it. Additionally, talks will discuss how individuals can make food choices that enhance their overall health and well-being.
Lives in: Baltimore, MD
Location availability: Anywhere within 60 miles of Baltimore
Scheduling availability:
Any time
Darriel Harris is a project officer of the Baltimore Food and Faith Project run out of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health’s Center For a Livable Future. Through the exploration of faith, I have found that faith touches every aspect and corner of our lives. It is my hope to explore the connection between faith and food with communities in the Baltimore region.
Suggested honorarium: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date)
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Interfaith Youth for Climate Justice Workshops
Programs offered: youth workshop
Program description:
The Basics: IYCJ conducts workshops for faith-based and secular youth groups from grades 8-12. Below is a standard description of the three topics that we cover, however, any workshop we do is tailored to the specific interests and faith orientation of the group. All of our workshops are interactive, informative and fun. We often use visual slides or short videos, games, exercises, and art projects. We try to include our student Alumni Leaders as co-facilitators. We need at least on hour, but 90 or 120 minutes is best. We can adapt our work for groups as small as 10 and as large as 100.

Faith, Stewardship, and Climate Change: Students learn about the connection between their faith tradition and environmental stewardship and decide how they can be a steward. We begin by asking what the students think of when they hear “climate change” and process their knowledge and feelings. We ask why they think people of their faith would be active on an issue like climate change. In large and small group discussions, we explore some of the values, practices, and beliefs of their faith that relate to stewardship. We share resources specific to the denomination. We consider ways congregations are reducing their carbon footprints and discuss the best ways youth can take action. Students make a pledge to take an action towards stewardship of the environment. We may engage in an art project or go on a nature scavenger hunt, time permitting.

Climate Justice: Students gain a deeper understanding of the humanitarian impacts of climate
change, how this is related to social justice, and what they can do about it. We begin with a climate Pictionary game that reminds students of the basics of climate change. We look at maps, charts, and short videos that illustrate who is affected most by increased droughts, flooding, and heat waves around the world and who is responsible for green house gas (GHG) emissions. We process reactions to this material. The students then define what justice means to them, and we discuss what climate justice would look like. We share different ways people are mitigating GHGs in homes, congregations, and communities. Small groups brainstorm actions teens can take and students make a pledge to take a particular action. We may write personal prayers for people suffering from climate change.

Food, Hunger, and Climate Change: One of the areas young people can make the biggest impact for climate change is with their food choices! In this workshop students learn about the connection between climate change and hunger, and how they can fight climate change with their food choices. We begin by helping the students to map out industrial agriculture and all the ways it contributes to climate change. We then use charts, maps or short videos to understand how climate change is contributing to food shortages and hunger. Students learn how sustainable agriculture can be part of the solution. We list what the teens eat and explain how their food and drink choices can help reduce carbon emissions. Students make a pledge to take a particular action related to food. Small groups may brainstorm the best vegetarian meals and resources for teens and families.
Program suitable for: any congregation
Location availability:
Greater Washington area
Interfaith Youth for Climate Justice (IYCJ) believes that any group of students possesses a great deal of knowledge, and they draws from that rather than solely lecturing. IYCJ knows that the reality of climate change stirs a lot of emotion: anger, sadness, and fear. They take time to acknowledge and process such feelings. IYCJ believes that young people have the power to make great changes in the world, and encouraging them to take action is a critical part of our work.
Suggested honorarium: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To arrange a workshop for your congregation: program@gwipl.org

David Kepley
Religious Tradition: Christian/Presbyterian
Programs offered:
guest sermon, adult education
Program description:

Arguably the best-known, but least understood stories of the Bible are found in the first three chapters of Genesis. In this adult education class, we will explore the treasures that these ancient creation stories can tell us about God, the creation, and the role God has assigned to humankind. So what do we mean by terms like “dominion,” “Stewardship,” “blessing,” and “good” anyway?
Program suitable for:
Protestant Christian
Lives in:
Annandale, VA
Location availability:
NoVA
Scheduling availability:
Weekends preferred
David Kepley is the chair of the Earth Care Team at Providence Presbyterian, and has taught several adult education classes on creation topics. After a 37-year career at the National Archives, he is now an adjunct history professor at a local community college. His teaching career began over 40 years ago in graduate school and has included stints at the University of Maryland and at NVCC. He has also taught a wide variety of adult education classes at his church for over 25 years. He took several classes at the Virginia Theological Seminary’s School for Lay Theology.
Suggested honorarium: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Alexei Laushkin
Religious Tradition: Christian
Programs offered:
guest sermon, youth program, adult education
Program description:
Global Warming and the Risen Lord
This presentation follows the work of Rev. Jim Ball Ph.D. as reflected in his book, “Global Warming  in the Risen Lord: Christian Discipleship and Climate Change.” The presentation walks the  congregation through the impacts of climate change that we can expect in our lifetime. There is a special focus and concern for the poor and vulnerable at home and around the world. The second segment focuses on the spiritual and theological resources needed to help ground our walk and work in caring for God’s creation and how Christian theology can help us overcome the challenges of global warming. The final segment focuses on the solutions, including how churches can get involved in supporting solar light and renewable energy work in Africa, Latin America, and around the world.
Program suitable for:
Christian churches
Lives in:
Alexandria, VA
Location availability:
anywhere
Scheduling availability:
any time
Alexei Laushkin is the Vice President at the Evangelical Environmental Network. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, he lives with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia.
Suggested honorarium: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org
Has spoken at: Christ Church Alexandria, Church of the Covenant Presbyterian

Mike Little
Religious Tradition: Christian (Ecumenical: Church of the Saviour DC)
Programs offered:
guest sermon, youth program, adult education
Program description:
Explores the Biblical, personal, and cultural dimensions of our relationship  to money, reflects theologically on the place of money in the realm of God, and examines the power of  money in our lives and its impact on our families, institutions, and the world. Sermons, adult  education, and day workshops discuss the connection between our faith and our money and resources,  and helps empower people to explore their beliefs, attitudes, and practices regarding money.
Program suitable for:
any congregation
Lives in:
Silver Spring, MD
Location availability:
anywhere with proper notice
Scheduling availability:
any time with proper notice
Mike Little has twenty-five years of experience with, and commitment to, faith-based, justice-seeking movements for social change. He has a commitment to interfaith dialogue, and is a student of silence and centering prayer. He is a member of the the Church of the Saviour in NW DC, co-pastor of Lazarus Church, and director of Faith and Money Network.
Suggested honorarium: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Evonne Marzouk
Religious Tradition: Jewish (Orthodox)
Programs offered:
guest sermon, adult education, holiday/liturgical program
Program description:
Text study and lecture on a range of holiday and Torah topics as they relate  to the environment; model Tu Bishvat seders. Also available to partner with  congregations/communities to design programs that will work for you.
Program suitable for:
Jewish (any denomination)
Location availability:
anywhere in the DC area
Scheduling availability:
any time with proper notice; on Shabbat (Friday or Saturday), only able to speak if an Orthodox community is nearby (within 1.5 miles).
Evonne Marzouk is the founder and Executive Director of Canfei Nesharim (www.CanfeiNesharim.org). Connecting traditional Jewish texts with contemporary scientific findings, Canfei Nesharim educates and empowers Jewish individuals, organizations and communities to take an active role in protecting the environment, in order to build a more sustainable world. Evonne has spoken worldwide on the Torah-environment connection, and also currently leads the “Kayamut Circle,” a regular gathering of Jews learning to protect the environment based in Silver Spring, MD, where she lives with her husband and son. In 2009, she was selected as one of
The New York Jewish Week‘s “36 under 36.” In addition, Evonne has worked for ten years in the Office of International and Tribal Affairs at EPA (though talks given through IPL (MD•DC•NoVA) Speakers’ Bureau relate to Evonne’s role at Canfei Nesharim, not EPA). Evonne is also the founder and leader of Jewcology.com, a social media portal which is bringing Jews who care about the environment together from around the world to network and engage each other in shared campaigns.
Suggested honorarium: $250 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org
Has spoken at: Kehila Chadasha

Ellen Cecile McBarnette
Religious Tradition:
Episcopalian
Programs offered:
youth program, adult education, how-to workshop, holiday/liturgical program
Program description:
Has a drafted “Adult Forum” presentation entitled “One Christian’s  Understanding of Green,” and has another in draft form entitled “Faith, Love, Duty and the Earth.”  Her business currently runs green job programs and energy consulting programs (visit the site  at www.urbansolarsolutions.com). Has close to 20 years of experience in environmental advocacy.
Program suitable for:
any congregation, Christian (any denomination)
Lives in:
Washington, DC
Location availability:
within 2 hours of DC
Scheduling availability:
any time with proper notice
As an African-American New York City girl exposed to the beauty of wilderness as a child, Ellen Cecile McBarnette began her environmental advocacy career in high school. She went on to graduate from Smith College with a degree in economics with a concentration in environmental aspects of international development. She worked in public policy for many years, including as a lobbyist for the Sierra Club in the Environmental Quality and Global Warming/Energy Campaigns. She became an eco-retailer and energy consultant in 2005. She is the owner of Urban Solar Solutions, LLC, and the leader of the Diocese of Washington’s Environmental Committee.
Suggested honorarium: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org
Has spoken at: Palisades Community Church

Danielle Meitiv
Religious Tradition: Jewish – Conservative – Tifereth Israel, DC
Programs offered: youth program, adult education
Program description: Danielle offers a Powerpoint presentation and/or talk on the science of climate change, its impacts and what can be done to heal the planet.
Program suitable for: any faith tradition; can also tailor presentation for a Jewish audience
Lives in: Silver Spring, MD
Location availability: DC and Maryland; prefers Metro-accessible locations
Scheduling availability: Prefers weekdays but can be flexible. Will not travel on Shabbat (sundown Friday evenings through sundown Saturday evenings).
Danielle Meitiv is an oceanographer by training who works as a climate scientist for the Clean Air Task Force (www.catf.us).  She specializes in near-term solutions to reduce warming gases and aerosols in Asia and on the impacts of climate change on the oceans. Danielle has taught environment awareness to all ages from kindergarten to adults in settings as diverse as classrooms, coral reefs, salt marshes, forests, in print, on the air, and in the urban forests and parks of New York City. In 2006, Danielle co-led a course as part of Brandeis’ Genesis Program titled “Sources and Resources: Jewish Values, Humanity, and the Environment.”
Suggested honorarium: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Dan Misleh
Religious Tradition: Roman Catholic
Programs Offered:
youth program, adult education, holiday/liturgical program
Program description:
Dan offers presentations around the country on a Catholic approach to  climate change. As executive director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, he spearheaded  efforts to design and promote the Coalition’s signature initiative, the Catholic Climate Covenant: The  St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. He is very knowledgeable about the variety of  efforts by Catholic organizations, dioceses, parishes and schools seeking to honor the Creator by protecting Creation.
Lives in:
Cheverly, Maryland
Location availability:
Any Catholic parishes within driving distance of Metro DC.
Program suitable for:
Catholic, Eastern Orthodox congregations
Dan Misleh is a baptized Catholic who has dedicated his career to promoting Catholic social teaching first as a Jesuit Volunteer and through his work at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops both as an advisor on domestic policy issues, including the environment, and as director of diocesan relations for the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development.  In 2006 he became the founding director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change which advances Catholic teaching on this issue by working with existing Catholic institutions and encouraging integration of climate change activities — consistent with Church teaching — into their ongoing activities and through their networks.

Suggested honorarium
: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org
Has spoken at: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Rev. Meredith Moise
Religious Tradition: Christian/Old Catholic
Programs offered: guest sermon, youth program, adult education, how-to workshop
Program description: A perspective on Christian tradition and care for creation/how to get involved in Annapolis from a faith perspective/public education of local legislators/lobbying your state legislators
Program suitable for: Christian (any denomination), Unitarian-Universalist, Buddhist, Ethical Society/Humanist, African-American Churches (All Denominations)
Lives in: Baltimore, MD
Location availability: Baltimore City/Baltimore County
Rev. Meredith Moise is an ordained and licensed Christian minister, writer, community activist and teacher living in Baltimore, MD. This native New Yorker is a graduate of Morgan State University. Rev. Meredith was one of the first Black women ordained within the Old Catholic Movement in Baltimore. She was also the first Black field organizer for Equality MD, MD’s LGBT civil rights organization. Rev. Meredith was a co-chair of Creating Change 2012, the National Conference on LGBT equality founded and produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Rev. Meredith is currently a climate organizer for the MD League of Conservation Voters, an environment centered advocacy organization.

Suggested honorarium: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Beth Norcross
Religious Tradition: Methodist
Programs Offered:
guest sermons, congregational talks, adult or older youth education, outdoor studies
Program Descriptions:
Beth speaks and preaches on the Scriptural and ecological imperatives to protect the earth. She also leads workshops and retreats on greening congregations and nature and spirituality.
Lives in:
Arlington, VA
Scheduling Availability:
Will schedule on a case-by-case basis
Program suitable for:
Any congregation
As adjunct faculty in eco-theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, Beth Norcross encourages pastors-in-training to infuse earth care into their developing theologies. Combining a long career in the environmental field with theological training, Beth has written a number of educational resources, including a five-session religious study guide to the new Ken Burns film “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” Beth serves as chair of the steering committee of Interfaith Power & Light (MD•DC•NoVA).

Suggested honorarium
: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org
Has spoken at: Chesapeake Covenant Communities, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Silverbrook United Methodist Church, Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church

Joelle Novey
Religious Tradition: Jewish
Programs offered:
Guest sermon–Joelle can give a sermon on themes of climate and environment in any congregation. Adult forum, family workshop
Program Descriptions:

What is Happening to Our World?
A 1-hour adult presentation summarizing the evidence of climate  change from scientific temperature measurements and from the natural world. Slides are based on  those prepared by Katherine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University and author of Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions. Throughout, participants are invited to articulate how this information makes them feel, and how their faith traditions and values might lead them to respond.
Green & Just Celebrations
What if every dollar families spent on weddings and bar and bat mitzvah celebrations in the DC area were spent in a way that reflected the values of the congregations where these events took place? In a workshop for adults or teens or families, Joelle invites participants to identify opportunities to make celebration-related purchases that care for the Earth and are mindful of workers.

Guest sermon
Joelle can give a dvar torah on themes of climate and environment in any Jewish congregation. Also happy to give a guest sermon in congregations of other religious traditions, with a little guidance from folks at the congregation!
Joelle Novey is the director of Interfaith Power & Light (MD•DC•NoVA). Most recently, Joelle worked at Green America (formerly Co-op America), where she wrote dozens of articles about greener living for the organization’s newsletter and magazine. She is a founder of Tikkun Leil Shabbat, an independent Jewish community in Washington DC which has hosted speakers from environmental and social justice organizations. She is the co-author of Green and Just Celebrations, a purchasing guide for local congregations for assisting families in making greener purchasing decisions around weddings and bar and bat mitzvah celebrations. Joelle is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University where she received a BA in Social Studies, and completed the coursework for a minor in the Study of Religion. For more than a year, she counseled hospital patients of all backgrounds and led interfaith worship services through a chaplain training program at Washington Hospital Center.

Suggested honorarium:
negotiable.
To schedule: program@gwipl.org
Has recently spoken at:University of Maryland’s Multifaith Chapel, Cleveland Park Congregation UCC, National Council on Science & Environment, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer (Bethesda, MD), Washington College Hillel, Chestertown Havurah, Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax , Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun, Bet Mishpachah Synagogue, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (Rockville, MD), Adat Shalom Recon. Congregation, Nat’l Havurah C’tee Chesapeake Retreat, Tifereth Israel Congregation, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Bethesda, MD), Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, Langley Hill Friends Meeting, Bet Mishpachah (DC), Calvary United Methodist Church


Leah and Ana Rampy

Religious Tradition: Christian/Unitarian Universalist, Buddhist
Programs offered: youth program, adult education
Program description: We offer presentations and retreats focusing on the environmental and human impact of climate change, causes for hope, and invitations for individual and faith community actions. We ground our work in love of Earth, gratitude for all creation, and a sense of moral responsibility for the environment.
Program suitable for:
Any congregation
Lives in:
Alexandria, VA
Location availability:
Metro DC and Northern VA
Scheduling availability:
Weekends and evenings preferable
Leah Rampy, one part of the mother-daughter team, is the executive director of Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, an ecumenical organization supporting individuals wherever they are on the path of spiritual deepening. She has extensive experience in leading workshops and retreats and has been active in community and interfaith dialogues. Ana Rampy is a student at the British School of Washington and is passionate about sustainability. She is an active participant in Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. Both Leah and Ana were trained by the Climate Reality Leadership Training Corps.
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Byron Sandford
Religious Tradition: Quaker (William Penn House)
Programs offered:
youth program, adult education
Program description:
Lecture format with power point program on the effects of climate change, the  options available to mitigate climate change. This presentation incorporates material from The Climate project.
Program suitable for:
any congregation
Lives in:
Washington, DC
Location availability:
DC and surrounding counties
Scheduling availability:
not available on the third Wednesday of each month and has trips planned throughout the year–proper notice necessary
Byron Sandford is the executive director of William Penn House, a Quaker center on Capitol Hill that provides service learning opportunities on poverty, privilege and the environment. William Penn House is a demonstration project on runoff of rain water through a rain garden and vegetated roof. Byron has been a Quaker for over 30 years and subscribes to the Quaker maxim, that we let our lives speak.
Suggested honorarium: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter
Religious Tradition: United Methodist Church
Programs offered:
guest sermon, adult education, how-to workshop, holiday/liturgical program
Program description:
Learn the three must-dos that make greening your church a fun, spiritual, and sustainable process! The Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter, author of the popular Green Church series of books, including “7 Simple Steps to Green Your Church,” will join you by Skype to reveal them: You’ll get practical tips to build momentum, lessen resistance and avoid burnout, and have a great time in the process!
Program suitable for:
any congregation
Lives in:
Casper, WY
Location availability:
Can call in with Skype for workshops, be brought in as keynote for big green events.
Scheduling availability:
Any day or time is fine.
Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter, founder of BridgeWorks and an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, is a sought-after and inspiring coach and speaker on both interfaith and environmental issues. As a trained and experienced naturalist and scientist, she is enthusiastic about bridging the gap between faith and action in the care of Creation.
Suggested honorarium: Varies, please inquire for details.
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Rev. Helen Smith
Religious Tradition: United Methodist
Program types: guest sermon, youth program, adult education, how-to workshop, holiday/liturgical program
Appropriate for: any congregation
Having pastored in local churches for over thirty years, Rev. Smith is experienced in preaching the Word, teaching classes for all ages, leading retreats, working on strategic plans and helping in the design and implementation of Green Team ministries. She has led seminars on Spirituality and Sustainable Living for clergy, laity, community groups (i.e. Boy Scouts, Retirees,etc.) and for Lenten study series.
Lives in: Sharpsburg, MD
Location availability: the entire Metro area, Western Maryland and northern Virginia.
Married to David and mother to four children, Rev. Helen Smith live in Western Maryland in a off grid home that our family designed and built in 1995. The family’s main power comes from the sun and wind and they have come to appreciate nature, weather and being mindful of their carbon footprint each day. Rev. Smith is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has served four congregations over 34 years.
To schedule: program@gwipl.org

Josh Tulkin
Religious Tradition: Reform Judaism
Programs offered:
guest sermon, how-to workshop
Program description:
Josh is passionate about engaging more of the faith community in  advocating for environmental protection and green jobs, and can speak to specific issues and  opportunities for congregations to engage. Josh has several years of experience helping congregations  go green and can offer a history and guide congregations in important first steps towards greening their communities.
Program suitable for:
any congregation
Lives in:
Mount Pleasant, Washington DC
Location Availability:
Would prefer DC congregations, but happy to speak anywhere that is metro accessible or gives advanced planning for renting a Zipcar.
Josh Tulkin has been the Director of the Maryland Sierra Club since 2011. He has worked to build support in the Jewish community for environmental protection, through public policy and through personal action. Josh helped organize the first Baltimore Jewish Environmental Conference, supported [Jewish communities on college campuses] in focusing more on sustainability, and organized Jewish community support for federal green jobs policies. As Advocacy Director for the Jewish Funds for Justice, Josh advocates for federal policies which create economic opportunity for low-income communities, build the clean energy economy, and increase public access to basic financial services.

Suggested honorarium
: $150 (including $50 deposit to confirm date).
To schedule: program@gwipl.org
Has spoken at: Humanities Council of DC