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Franciscan Action Network, GreenFaith Announce Environmental Collaboration

FAN Parishes & Leaders to Enter GreenFaith Certification & Fellowship Programs

A press release describing the partnership between GreenFaith and FAN, to enroll FAN parishes and leaders into the GreenFaith Certification and Fellowship Programs.

Jun 06, 2011


Washington, D.C. and Highland Park, N.J. — The Franciscan Action Network (FAN), a collective Franciscan voice seeking to transform U.S. public policy related to peacemaking, care for creation, poverty, and human rights, and GreenFaith, a leading national interfaith environmental organization, announced a collaboration to support the growth of religiously-based environmental leadership through the FAN community.

Specifically, FAN and GreenFaith will enroll Franciscan parishes and parishes associated with FAN in the GreenFaith Certification Program, and enroll lay, religious, and ordained leaders in the GreenFaith Fellowship Program. To launch the collaboration, GreenFaith and FAN announced that five FAN-affiliated parishes and three FAN-affiliated leaders will receive 50 percent tuition scholarships over the coming three years to participate in GreenFaith’s Certification and Fellowship Programs respectively.

"In our celebration of Pentecost this Sunday, June 12, we pray through Psalm 104 that God will renew the face of the earth," noted FAN Creation Action Fellow Christy Elliott. "Deepening our collaboration is a timely and effective way for FAN and GreenFaith to participate in this renewal of creation."

Designed to help houses of worship from diverse traditions become strong religious-environmental leaders, the GreenFaith Certification Program is the world’s first comprehensive, interfaith, environmental certification program. Over two years, participating institutions carry out a range of initiatives to integrate environmental themes into their worship, religious education, facility maintenance, and social outreach. Through a combination of required and elective activities, these institutions earn certification as a GreenFaith Sanctuary. To learn more about the GreenFaith Certification Program, visit

Free Webinars to Orient the FAN Community


GreenFaith offered a free webinar on June 20, 2011 so that interested members of the FAN community could learn more about the opportunities provided through this collaboration. Click here to access the webinar recording.

The GreenFaith Fellowship Program is the first comprehensive interfaith environmental education and training program in the U.S. The 18-month program consists of three 3-day residential sessions, monthly webinars, an e-mail list serve, networking both within the program and at each Fellows’ local/regional level, and reading/writing assignments before and after each retreat. Fellows write a personal eco-theological statement, implement their own religious-environmental leadership project, join the Fellowship’s alumni network, and mentor other emerging religious environmental leaders. To learn more about the GreenFaith Fellowship Program, visit

"FAN and the wider Franciscan community have a deep commitment to the environment," said the Rev. Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith’s Executive Director. "GreenFaith is thrilled about this collaboration." GreenFaith is also working with the Episcopal Church, the Union for Reform Judaism, the Conservative Jewish Movement, the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, and the Unitarian Universalist Association, enrolling a number of their leaders in the Certification and Fellowship Programs.

FAN consists of 47 institutional members across the Franciscan Family in the U.S., as well as more than 4,000 religious and lay Franciscans, and Franciscan-hearted personal members. Through its members, FAN educates and advocates on issues related to justice, peace, and care for creation. FAN’s care for creation resources include scriptural reflections, webinars, and the C4C: Franciscan Care for Creation program. GreenFaith will incorporate C4C into its Programs for Franciscan participants. 

Contact Information:
Christine Elliott


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