Session VII: Driving Change: Faith

There are multiple congregations in every community in our nation, faith leaders understand the hopes, dreams and struggles of the diversity of Americans. Despite the compounding setbacks of the pandemic and economic downturn, denominational and congregational leaders continue to bear witness to the moral imperative for climate action and are contributing to solutions on all levels. Hear their stories, their call, and their advice in this session.

Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer
General Minister + President
The United Church of Christ

About John:

The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, author and theologian, currently serves as ninth General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. John began his ministry serving First Congregational United Church of Christ and Zion United Church of Christ in rural Missouri. He then served as Associate Conference Minister in the Missouri Mid-South Conference, and then Conference Minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC prior to his election as General Minister and President. Dorhauer received a B.A. in Philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College (1983), and has a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary (1988), the same year John was ordained in the United Church of Christ. John received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary (2004); his area of focus — white privilege and its effects on the church. With a personal theology shaped in the passionate conviction that God is love and God...
Anita Fête Crews
Director
Blessed Tomorrow ecoAmerica

About Anita:

Ani Fête Crews is the Director of Blessed Tomorrow, a coalition of diverse religious partners united as faithful stewards of creation. Prior to joining Blessed Tomorrow, Ani served as Senior Director of Member Engagement with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), where she led key leadership development and engagement programming for the nation’s state public health agency directors, their leadership teams, and other state public health partners. Prior to ASTHO, Ani was a founding member and the National Director of State Assistance and Partner Engagement for the non-profit Enroll America, a public education campaign that helped enroll millions of uninsured Americans in health coverage following passage of the Affordable Care Act. Ani has 15 years of experience in issue advocacy, coalition building, community outreach, and leadership development in both the non-profit and government sectors. Ani is a native Ohioan and a fervent Ohio State Buckeyes fan. She...
Day 2 - August 13, 2020
Rev. Michael Malcom MDiv MBA
Founder/Executive Director
The People's Justice Council

About Michael:

I am the Founder/Executive Director of The People’s Justice Council and a licensed and ordained UCC Minister. I pastor Rush Memorial Congregational UCC in Atlanta, GA and the Environmental Justice Representative for the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. My academic journey began at Beulah Heights University where I graduated May 2008 with an undergraduate in Biblical Education and Leadership. I was accepted to and began attending The Interdenominational Theological Center where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree in 2011. Due to my understanding of the role of a pastor I completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education at The Atlanta VA Medical Center and AnMed Health Hospital in Anderson, SC. In May of 2016 I graduated from Terry School of Business MBA program at the University of Georgia. In October of 2017 I completed a post master’s human resource management course at Cornell University. I completed...
Day 2 - August 13, 2020
Leah Schade
Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship
Lexington Theological Seminary

About Leah:

An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for nearly twenty years, Dr. Schade earned both her MDiv and PhD degrees from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary). Her recent book, Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), explores how clergy and churches can address controversial issues of public concern using nonpartisan, biblically-centered approaches and deliberative dialogue (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538119891/Preaching-in-the-Purple-Zone-Ministry-in-the-Red-Blue-Divide#). Dr. Schade was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion for her project “Dialogue in the ‘Purple Zone’: Pedagogies for Civil Discourse in Online and On-site Settings.” Her new method of sermon-dialogue-sermon preaching is designed to help clergy and congregations engage on issues of public concern in productive, healthy ways. Her method involves preaching in tandem with a type of civil discourse called “deliberative dialogue” in order to enter...
Day 2 - August 13, 2020