Resources from the 2020 Province VIII and VI Deacon’s Conference on Creation Care

Conference Welcome Packet and Materials

Welcome Packet

Conference Speakers

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Marc Handley Andrus

Bishop of the Diocese of California, Bishop Andrus holds a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science from the Univ of Tennessee, MS from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg. While much of his leadership focused on social justice issues which included: immigration reform, civil rights for LBGTQ+ persons, & health care, his recent work has included climate change. Andrus’ advocacy work took him to the UN Climate Conferences in Paris (COP21), Bonn (COP23) and Katowice, Poland (COP24) as well as the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations at Standing Rock, North Dakota. View the video of his presentation.

Sheila Moore Andrus

Also coming to us from the west coast is Dr. Andrus who is a dedicated educator, environmental scientist, and science manager with a focus on global health, climate change and sustainable development. While leading research for USDA Forest Service from 1987-2002, Andrus also led agency international collaboration. In that role, she facilitated international partnerships to address nonnative invasive species, transboundary environmental problems, and ecosystem management practices. Dr. Andrus is currently facilitating development of a web-based tool for carbon tracking, to promote education, advocacy and action to address climate change in faith communities. View the video of her presentation.

Katharine Hayhoe, PhD

Dr. Hayhoe’s current research focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. With this in mind, she will compare future scenarios, evaluate global and regional climate models, build and assess statistical downscaling models and constantly strive to develop better ways of translating climate projections into information relevant to agriculture, ecosystems, energy, infrastructure, public health, and water resources. Authored: A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions.

The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, PhD

Former Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of the United States. Bishop Jefferts Schori served as assisting bishop in the Diocese of San Diego from 2017-2019. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Stanford University, M.S. and PhD in oceanography from Oregon State University an MDiv from Church Divinity School of the Pacific and other honorary doctoral degrees. Bishop Jefferts Schori is known as a leader in the faith community who helps build trust to enhance communication between the scientific and religious communities. Her passion and love of science resonates with both groups by bringing positive dialogue. With positive dialogue, we can bring these resources back as a tool to our parishes. View the video of her presentation.

The Rt. Rev. Jennifer A. Reddall

Jennifer Reddall was elected the Sixth Bishop of Arizona on October 20, 2018 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Phoenix. Bishop Reddall, who was previously the Rector of the Church of the Epiphany in New York City, believes the world is hungering for Good News, and that the “Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement” has a compelling message of joy, love, and justice to share. At their best, our churches welcome all and seek to build communities where newcomers and established parishioners alike can grow their faith, experience the love of God and neighbor, and claim their identity as disciples and ministers of the Gospel.

Bishop Jennifer Reddall