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Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored

Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Days

April 7-9 | Virtual Event

Join us to learn, organize and advocate around environmental justice! Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Days offer an opportunity to support this global movement centered on and led by the people and communities most vulnerable to climate impacts due to historic racial and colonial inequities. We continue to see how the historic reality of colonialism and structural racism has designed systems that live on today through environmental racism and a myriad of other injustices that grew out of the same evil roots. Throughout 2020, these systemic issues manifested themselves in the disproportionate number of racial and ethnic minorities who became sick with and died of COVID-19, as well as the continued extrajudicial killing of Black men and women.

The Earth and its people are groaning. We are called to respond.

Cláudio Carvalhaes is a former shoe-shining boy from São Paulo, Brazil. A theologian, liturgist, artist and activist, he is the Associate Professor of Worship at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Author of From the Ends of the World: Prayers in Defiance of Empire (Abingdon Press, August 2020); What Worship Has To Do With It? Interpreting Life Liturgically (Cascade 2018); Editor of Only One is Holy: Liturgy in Postcolonial Lenses (Palgrave, 2015) and Eucharist and Globalization. Redrawing the Borders of Eucharistic Hospitality, (Wipt&Stock, 2013). His upcoming book is Praying With Every Heart – Orienting Our Lives to the Wholeness of the World (Oregon: Cascade Books, 2021). Rev. Carvalhaes is a member of Presbytery of Southern New England, Presbyterian Church U.S.A. He is married to Katie and father of three children. Personal Website:


Harry Pickens is an award-winning performing artist, educator, composer, author, workshop facilitator and life transformation coach. Currently, Harry integrates multiple careers of musical performance, teaching, and coaching with lifelong passions of reading, writing, practical psychology, applied neuroscience, and spiritual activism to help ordinary people live extraordinary lives — lives that are radiant with purpose, clarity, compassion, and contribution
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While we are not charging admission this year, we do ask you to consider supporting some of our partners. Your gift during Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Days 2021 will support three programs addressing environmental racism and systemic poverty – West Africa Initiative in Liberia & Sierra Leone, Ekvn-Yefolecv in rural central Alabama, and Little Village Environmental Justice Organization in Chicago.


Ecumenical Advocacy Days — April 18–21

A little over a week later, join the larger faith community for Ecumenical Advocacy Days. This is a gathering of Christian advocates and activists to worship, delve deeply into the pressing issues of the day and lift our voices by speaking truth to power on Capitol Hill. For more information, go to

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