May 28

"Environmental Justice in the Philippines: A Faith-based Perspective"

From site: Chaplain’s Office Events

Rev. Ruth Caigoy Janoras of the United Church of Christ Philippines (UCCP, guest speaker. Cosponsored with Minnesota Conference of the UCC.

Monday, May 28th, 2012
7:00 – 8:00 pm / Library Athenaeum
Environmental Justice in Philippines

Environmental Justice in the Philippines: A Faith-Based Perspective

Multinational mining corporations ripping profits from the land and leaving a trail of environmental degradation in their wake.  Bio-diverse regions being converted to single-crop plantations  that pay wages well below the cost of living.  A growing population that already has 60% living in poverty.  Government corruption that extends to the very highest level.

What can a church possibly do?

The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) believes that environmental justice is human justice.  This progressive, Protestant denomination courageously works on behalf of the poor, the exploited, and the voiceless in a violent political climate: in the last decade, two dozen UCCP clergy and lay workers have been murdered for their advocacy.  In recent years, the denomination’s activism on the island of Mindanao has included opposition to the opening of new mines that will poison downstream water supplies, support for fisherman being displaced in favor of upscale development, and organizational support for banana plantation workers seeking to form a union. 

 Rev. Ruth Caigoy Janoras is ordained in the UCCP and is the elected conference minister of her region of south-east Mindanao.   She has served several rural churches in the Philippines and implemented development programs focused on education, environmental justice, and faith-based community organizing.   Please join us to hear this dynamic speaker.  The talk is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Chaplain's Office. Contact: Jan Truax, Chaplain's Office, x4003