Empowering lay and ordained for climate justice work in communities
(LWI) – Since 2021, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has offered an online course to train people in advocacy for climate justice. The Certificate for Climate Justice and Faith brings together cohorts of learners from around the globe, to equip one another for faith-based climate action in their local contexts. Now the course will be offered in Spanish for the first time.
"The course strengthens people for leadership and advocacy for climate justice in their churches,” says Elena Cedillo, LWF’s Program Executive for Climate Justice. The certificate program continues to bring together learners from different parts of the world. The Spanish language course will be contextualized to topics and tools that are meaningful for churches and communities in Spanish speaking contexts.
Climate change is a global reality. But the effects and solutions are specific to the lives and livelihoods of each culture and community. The language specific approach is meant to equip Spanish speakers to develop practical solutions for building more ecologically sustainable and socially equitable societies in their local contexts.
The course covers theology, ethics and spirituality related to climate justice, knowledge of climate change, and social change practices that connect ecological well-being with racial, economic and gender justice. Learners are also introduced to reports and scientific resources related to climate change and dialogue with interfaith and local partners engaged in climate justice.
The course is open to lay and ordained people from LWF member churches. Upon completing the online non-degree study program, participants will receive a Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith. Applications close on 17 November.
LWF’s partners for this program are the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS), the Augsburg Lutheran Seminary (SEMLA) in Mexico, the Salvadoran Lutheran University in El Salvador, the Institute for Contextual Ministry of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina and Uruguay, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.