RESULTS of the
Northern New England District
Environmental Sustainability and Justice Conference
November 5-6, 2010
Sponsored by the NNED Sustainability Task Force
Use this in your congregation with groups of any size, with children up to 14 years of age.
by Madeline Bergstrom 11/10
How we did with Conference Goals:
1. Find inspiration in our UU Community
2. Deepen our Spiritual/Theological Grounding especially in times of despair, anger, frustration and being overwhelmed
Based on evaluations so far, participants felt the first two goals were accomplished. The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium held on Friday 10-4 and the two full worship services provided great grounding for the remainder of the event. The facilitated small group conversation which responded to specific questions was well accepted.
3. Deepen our understanding of and commitment to environmental justice
In the opinion of NNED conference staff, this was the weakest link in the program. The Task Force hopes to learn from continuing evaluation and decide next steps.
Participants were encouraged to connect with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Justice Program, the Maine council of Churches and the Four Directions Development Corporation (a Maine-based Native American Development Company) which were all represented at the conference.
4. Build Networks of people and congregations working on these issues
A list serve has been created for conference participants to continue mutual support, networking and resource sharing. Also, please see Conference Resource Tables for more information.
5. Identify leadership and next steps for NNED congregational responses to environmental degradation
January and February 2011 phone interviews with participants will help the NNED Sustainability Task Force decide next steps.