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Voices of the Earth — A Faith in Place Podcast

Voices of the Earth — A Faith in Place Podcast

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A podcast where we explore the intersection of spirituality, the environment, and justice.
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Tree & Garden Care: Preparing for Autumn
Tree & Garden Care: Preparing for Autumn
On today’s episode, Lauren and Katie learn about how to prepare trees and gardens for the fall and winter months with Princess Harris and Ginnie Judd. This week’s episode was produced by Brógan Malloy. Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found on all the major platforms including: iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate. **Resources we mentioned in this episode!** “The Impact of Green Space on Violent Crime in Urban Environments: An Evidence Synthesis”  https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/24/5119 “In extreme heat, trees can help cool neighborhoods. But a Tribune investigation found the city has planted more trees in wealthier, whiter areas” https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/environment/ct-chicago-trees-equity-20220612-prpuxgsabzc2fa4fnwnyf4fbku-story.html Chicago region Tree Initiative: https://chicagorti.org/maps/ Openlands’ TreeKeepers program: https://openlands.org/what-we-do/trees/treekeepers/
47:58
October 10, 2022
Parenting in the Climate Crisis
Parenting in the Climate Crisis
On today’s episode, your hosts, Katie Maxwell and Lauren Paris—two twenty-somethings who very much do not have kids—chat with two of their colleagues who do! Rev. Brian Sauder—our trusty Executive Director—joins us for the first time on the pod to talk with us about how parenthood has shaped his work on climate justice. He recently wrote an article for Crain’s Chicago Business which you can read here: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/crains-forum-energy/climate-equitable-jobs-act-answer-illinois-energy-needs-minister-writes Returning guest, Christina Krost, joins us first to break down how the current political climate is affecting her own family. This week’s episode was produced by Brógan Malloy. Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found on all the major platforms including: iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate. **Bios!** Christina Krost (long o, rhymes with "most") grew up in suburban Detroit and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Albion College and an MAT from Marygrove College. She taught in both public and private schools in Illinois and Michigan for 10 years before starting her ministry in creation justice. She joined Faith in Place in March 2015 to organize Houses of Worship around smart energy programs in Central and Southern Illinois. In addition to her work at Faith in Place, she is Vice President of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference United Methodist Women and Chair of her conference's Church & Society board. She is married to Todd, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, and has 3 daughters. The family lives in Mattoon, IL. **** Rev. Sauder serves Faith in Place out of the Chicago office as the President & Executive Director. The entrepreneurial vision and confident leadership of Rev. Sauder is exponentially growing the impact of Faith in Place’s mission to empower people of all faiths across Illinois to be leaders for cleaner environments and healthier communities. Rev. Sauder’s passion is empowering faith communities across Illinois to take measurable steps to connect the dots between faith, environmental justice, poverty, mass incarceration, race, violence, class, and health. His leadership is recognized as an award recipient of the University of Illinois's Business School's Community Scholar and a Central IL Business 40 Under 40 winner as well as a 2019 Midwest Energy News' 40 Under 40. He grew up in Illinois in rural Tazewell County and received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Master of Arts in Religion from Urbana Theological Seminary, and Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois. Rev. Sauder is ordained by the Mennonite Church U.S.A. and worships with Chicago Community Mennonite Church in East Garfield Park. Rev. Sauder also serves as an Adjunct Professor at both McCormick Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, teaching public ministry courses for future clergy and faith-based leaders on organizing for environmental justice.
01:03:38
August 17, 2022
Understanding Southern IL with Rev. Wade Halva
Understanding Southern IL with Rev. Wade Halva
Today your hosts, Katie Maxwell and Lauren Paris—two urbanites from Chicago, are trying to "Understand Southern Illinois" better with our guest: Southern IL Outreach Coordinator Rev. Wade Halva! Wade grew up in Raleigh, NC at the end of a half-mile long dead-end dirt road. The back property line was a creek, and Wade’s early playground was the woods. His roots in the forest continue to ground his care for creation. Wade received his Bachelor of Arts in history and religious studies from the College of Wooster, a Master’s in Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Union Presbyterian Seminary. He has served in parish ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Illinois and Utah. For rest and relaxation, Wade enjoys the mountains and the beach, the forests and the bluffs. Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia hold a special place in his heart. For more information of what’s going on with Illinois’ energy grid, read our blog: https://www.faithinplace.org/post/what-s-going-on-with-illinois-energy-grid This week’s episode was produced by Brógan Malloy. Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found on all the major platforms including: iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate.
56:12
July 06, 2022
What Do We Mean When We Say “Resilience”?
What Do We Mean When We Say “Resilience”?
Today’s episode features Elena Canler, Faith in Place’s Deputy Director, and Rev. Veronica M. Johnson, our Outreach Director. We're talking about what the word "resilience" means for Faith in Place and digging into why the word can also be triggering for people of color. Join us and our guests for this conversation!  Elena's passion for environmental justice grew from time working in community health in the US, Latin American, and the Middle East, and from their own experience as a queer Latine. They are passionate about honoring the intersectional nature of environmental health and supporting Faith in Place as they address the social, racial, and economic roots of the climate crisis. Rev. Veronica M. Johnson was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Maywood, IL. She attended the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, with honors. She worked in the fields of engineering and project management for several Fortune 500 companies for 20 years prior to answering her call to ministry in 2006. She earned a Master of Divinity Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2012, graduating with academic commendation. Your Hosts are Katie Maxwell and Lauren Paris. This week’s episode was produced by Brogan Malloy. Check out our blog “Rooted for Resilience in 2022” here: https://www.faithinplace.org/post/rooted-for-resilience-in-2022 Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found on all the major platforms including: iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate.
44:59
May 25, 2022
Creating an Inclusive Sustainable Food Movement
Creating an Inclusive Sustainable Food Movement
Today we're talking about one of our favorite topics: FOOD! Take a listen to hear about some of Lauren and Katie's favorite recipes and how food sustainability is important to each of us. We also dive into a deeper discussion with our guest, Kira Dault, on how the sustainable food movement could be more inclusive for people who are low-income, neurodiverse, disabled, and/or many other reasons!  Kira serves as the Communications Director for Faith in Place. Her personal mission statement is “To wield empathy, creativity, and collaboration to advance positive change and justice in the world.” She has a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Allegheny College and a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University. Kira spent her early career as a hospital chaplain for a pediatric trauma center. That early work in chaplaincy continues to inform her work in nonprofit communications. Kira brings more than a decade of eclectic experience to her role at Faith in Place including communications strategy, digital communications, and advocacy strategy. Kira’s passion for environmental justice stems from her passion for democracy, abolition, and racial justice. She lives the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago with her family, including her husband and two children. Check out our Faith in Place Cookbook: https://www.faithinplace.org/sustainable-food The other cookbook we referenced was Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown: https://www.leannebrown.com/ Your Hosts are Katie Maxwell and Lauren Paris. This week’s episode was produced by Brogan Malloy. Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found on all the major platforms including: iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate.
48:21
April 27, 2022
The IPCC Report: Facing Reality & Finding Hope
The IPCC Report: Facing Reality & Finding Hope
Happy Women's History Month! In this episode of Voices of the Earth, Katie Maxwell and Lauren Paris discuss the top four lessons they took away from the IPCC report and how it relates to their work as women in the climate movement. This week’s episode was produced by Brógan Malloy. Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found on all the major platforms including: iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. You can read the full IPCC report here: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sixth-assessment-report-working-group-ii/ Want to learn more about women and the climate crisis? Here are some great groups to follow: The All We Can Save Project Mothers of Invention Brown Girl Green We also encourage you to take a moment to speak out for climate justice. Please sign and share our Climate Justice Petition: https://bit.ly/Advocate-Climate-Justice If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate.
36:45
March 25, 2022
Valentine's Day Love Story
Valentine's Day Love Story
Today’s episode features Princess Harris and Greg and Lizzie Tisher. Princess joined Faith in Place in March 2018. She is the Sustainable Food & Land Use Coordinator, managing the Winter Farmers Markets, Migration & Me, and other related programs. Previously, she served as Outreach Coordinator for the Migration & Me program. Greg is the Director of Grants at Faith in Place. He works as part of the Development Team to ensure the organization has the resources needed to sustain and expand its efforts toward healthier futures for all communities. He joined Faith in Place in June 2019. Your Hosts are Katie Maxwell and Lauren Paris. This week’s episode was produced by Brogan Malloy. Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found on all the major platforms including: iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel if you liked what you heard today. More Story Circles can be found on our playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/user/faithinplace/playlists We also encourage you to take a moment to speak out for climate justice. Please sign and share our Climate Justice Petition: bit.ly/Advocate-Climate-Justice If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate.
35:29
February 14, 2022
BONUS Let's Talk Mental Health: Coming Down from the Holiday High
BONUS Let's Talk Mental Health: Coming Down from the Holiday High
In this Bonus episode, we feature a meditation Dan Huntsha shared with us during our longer conversation about navigating the winter blues. Make sure to take a listen to the full episode! You can also follow Dan and Feelergy on Instagram at @feelergy.art.books and @feelergy.coaching. Check out the Feelergy coloring book here: https://amzn.to/3gkVIRm. To learn more about Feelergy and the products and services they offer, please visit: https://www.feelergy.com/. DISCLAIMER: We are not medical experts, and you should always consult with a medical professional or trained therapist if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts. For help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7: 800-273-8255. Your Hosts are Lauren Paris and Katie Maxwell. This week’s episode was produced by Brógan Malloy. Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found on all the major platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate.
06:16
February 04, 2022
Let's Talk Mental Health: Coming Down from the Holiday High
Let's Talk Mental Health: Coming Down from the Holiday High
Today’s episode featured Dan Huntsha. Dan first joined Faith in Place in 2014 as a volunteer working to gather grassroots support for the EPA Carbon Rules, and later the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill. In 2015, he joined our outreach staff to help with our smart energy programs in the western and northwestern suburbs of Chicago. Dan grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and is a member of Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist. He is also the proud founder of Feelergy, a life coaching business and online shop that works with inspiring authors and artists to create books, journals, and more to help promote creativity and wellness. You can also follow Dan and Feelergy on Instagram at @feelergy.art.books and @feelergy.coaching. To learn more about Feelergy and the products and services they offer, please visit: https://www.feelergy.com/. Check out the Feelergy coloring book here: https://amzn.to/3gkVIRm. DISCLAIMER: We are not medical experts, and you should always consult with a medical professional or trained therapist if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts. For help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7: 800-273-8255. Your Hosts are Lauren Paris and Katie Maxwell. This week’s episode was produced by Brógan Malloy. Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found on all the major platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate.
37:55
February 04, 2022
Healing for the Holidays with Antiracism
Healing for the Holidays with Antiracism
Today’s episode features Isioma Odum who grew up in Vancouver, Washington surrounded by evergreen trees. Her father is the former Director of the Department of Ecology for Washington state, which is where her passion for all things environmental stems from. She received her BA in Social Science concentrating in Sociology and Psychology from Washington State University, and an MA in Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. During her graduate program, she was an Intern Facilitator at the Brother David Darst Center. Prior to that, she worked for the Health Justice Project and was involved in the Initiative to Amend Lead-Based Paint Poisoning in Federal Homes. Isioma joined Faith in Place as the Bronzeville Outreach Coordinator May 2018. Now she serves the organization as the Energy & Climate Change Coordinator. You can also follow Isioma on Instagram @TheAfroTrekTribe — a group of explorers encouraging those in the African diaspora to get outdoors. Your Hosts are Katie Maxwell and Lauren Paris. This week’s episode was produced by Brogan Malloy. Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found on all the major platforms including: iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate.
45:39
December 20, 2021
COP26: What it Means for People of Faith
COP26: What it Means for People of Faith
Today’s episode features Elena Canler, Faith in Place’s Deputy Director. Their passion for environmental justice grew from time working in community health in the US, Latin America, and the Middle East, and from their own experience as a queer Latine. They are passionate about honoring the intersectional nature of environmental health and supporting Faith in Place as they address the social, racial, and economic roots of the climate crisis. Your Hosts are Katie Maxwell and Lauren Paris. This week’s episode was produced by Brogan Malloy. Click here purchase a copy of Dr. Katharine Hayhoe’s book, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found on all the major platforms including: iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate.
36:32
November 08, 2021
A Meditative Walk Through Heron Pond with Xochyl Perez
A Meditative Walk Through Heron Pond with Xochyl Perez
Today’s episode features a meditation led by Xochyl Perez, which premiered at the 2021 Green Team Summit, Rooted for Healing. Xochyl is a lover and daughter of this Earth. She has dedicated her life to learning from the Earth and protecting the Earth through activism, organizing, and education. She is an environmental educator who works with youth across Chicago. Xochyl’s goal through her meditation is to help us feel more at home in our bodies and on this planet. Learn more about the Green Team Summit and watch this year’s recordings at www.greenteamsummit.org. Your Hosts are Katie Maxwell and Lauren Paris. This week’s episode was produced by Katie Maxwell. Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found on all the major platforms including: iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate.
16:40
October 20, 2021
Veronica Kyle's Story Circle
Veronica Kyle's Story Circle
Our episode today featured Veronica Kyle—Faith in Place’s Statewide Outreach Director. This week’s episode was produced by Lauren Paris. Your Hosts are Katie Maxwell and Lauren Paris. Our Theme song is “Sweet Talk” by Tyra Chatney. Learn more about our Sustainable Food & Land Use Programs, participate in an upcoming story circle, and download our FREE Migration and Me Program toolkit at: https://www.faithinplace.org/sustainable-food. Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found wherever you listen to podcasts including: Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and more! If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate. Your support means we can empower more youth, engage with more Green Teams, and advocate for better climate policies that put people and the planet first. And please follow our social media pages on Twitter @Voices_Of_Earth and on Instagram @voicesofearthpodcast Thanks for listening, and see you again soon!
41:41
September 01, 2021
We All Have Family, Too
We All Have Family, Too
Today’s episode features guests from our Policy Team: Policy Director, Pastor Scott Onqué, and Policy Coordinator, Christina Krost. Your Hosts are Katie Maxwell and Lauren Paris. This week’s episode was produced by Katie Maxwell. Our theme song is “Sweet Talk” by Tyra Chatney. Take action for Climate Justice! Please sign our Climate Justice Petition to tell your legislators that you support environmental justice and comprehensive clean energy legislation: https://www.faithinplace.org/advocate-for-climate-justice To register for the upcoming Clergy Climate Action at 5pm on Thursday, Aug 26, go to our sister organization—Faith in Place Action Fund—to register. https://www.faithinplaceaction.org/upcoming-events To read the article we discussed for yourself, please visit: https://wsiltv.com/2021/07/27/we-all-have-families-hundreds-could-lose-jobs-as-illinois-lawmakers-look-to-close-coal-plants-by-2035/ Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found on all the major platforms including: Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate. Thanks so much!
01:00:56
August 25, 2021
Sneak Peak!
Sneak Peak!
This podcast is a creation of Faith in Place — a multifaith environmental justice non-profit based in Illinois. We are the proud affiliate of Interfaith Power & Light and we are on a mission to empower Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities.  This week’s episode was produced by Katie Maxwell.  Your Hosts are Katie Maxwell and Lauren Paris.  Our theme song is “Sweet Talk” by Tyra Chatney.  Please rate, review, or share this podcast with someone who might enjoy it. We can be found on all the major platforms including: iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher.  If you enjoy this podcast, please support the work of Faith in Place by donating! Please go to https://www.faithinplace.org/donate. Your support means we can empower more youth, engage with more Green Teams, and advocate for better climate policies that put people and the planet first.  
03:13
August 13, 2021