Environmental Justice Ministry

A lesser known ministry at SsAM is focused on Environmental Justice (EJ) work which grew out of Michele Roberts’ preaching at SsAM during the Season of Creation several years ago. An official description of Delaware Concerned Residents for Environmental Justice appears below. The portion of the group which includes SsAM members is co-chaired by Paulyne Webster and Linda Whitehead. Projects in 2016-2017 have included:

  • Sending representatives to the Climate March in Washington, DC in April;
  • Preparing comments on the Clean Power Plan for state representatives;
  • Assisting with local EJ issues; and
  • Supporting a program introducing area youth to science careers and opportunities.

Environmental Justice advocacy is needed now more than ever. As we go into the world as followers of Christ who care for all, we’d like you to join us. Participation in this ministry is also an excellent way to take SsAM beyond our walls and to get to know some of our neighbors. Please speak with Paulyne or Linda for more information. Monthly meetings occur on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Community Service Building in Wilmington. The Community Service Building is located at 100 W. 10th Street. You can park at the CSB garage at 111 W. 11th Street and have your parking validated.

Delaware Concerned Residents for Environmental Justice

Delaware Concerned Residents for Environmental Justice is an environmental justice ministry created in the fall of 2011 in direct response to the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew observation and commitment to the Season of Creation and the Rights of Mother Earth. The purpose of this environmental justice ministry is to make the connections between toxic chemicals, processes and pollution, the climate crisis, food apartheid and public health.

The value of the DCRFEJ is being a collective where grassroots, native indigenous peoples, organized groups and entities like the Minority Workforce Development Coalition, Community Housing & Empowerment Connections Inc. (CHEC), health advocates and Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club, are united to a bottom up process rooted in principles. The DCRFEJ is an affiliate member of the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform (EJHA). EJHA is a national collective of “fenceline” grassroots groups and advocates who serve them.

In January 2017, after many years of building relationships with one another, the three organizations came together and created a mission statement:

Our mission is to inform and empower communities to take action to protect the
fundamental rights to clean air, water, land and food.

DCRFEJ is hosting an Environmental Justice Solutions Assembly in October 2017. All are welcome to attend the ArtSLAM at SsAM On Friday, October 20th beginning at 7:00 p.m.  

The Saturday Assembly will feature Dr. Mildred McClain as Keynote Speaker. To register for the Assembly: www.delaware.sierraclub.org/EJsolutions.

Dr. Mildred McClain.with photo docx