The “Season with Laudato Si” begins with an online panel discussion on Thursday, Sept. 1, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The panel will be co-moderated by Vicki Wenz and Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, featuring panelists Fr. Robert Dueweke OSA, former NGO representative to the United Nations on human rights and climate refugees at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); Dr. Theresa Yugar, a Peruvian American scholar teaching at California State University, Los Angeles, in the Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies Department; and Elaine Tanner, founder and program director of Friends For Environmental Justice, a community organizing group fighting to protect land, water, and people in Appalachia.  Together, they will discuss the implications of Laudato Si for today’s pressing environmental justice issues.

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