Living Waters: An Interfaith Summit


Sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Facilitated by the University of Virginia Institute for Environmental Negotiation

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8:00 Registration (refreshments available)
9:00 Welcome, Opening, and Summit Goals
The summit planning and facilitation team
9:15 An Interfaith Opening Blessing: The Sacredness of Water
9:45 Living Waters: What Is The Challenge?
A moderated panel discussion (Moderator: Frank Dukes)
  • Social, theological story – the moral obligation, how it has evolved in practice, and what is our main ethical/moral challenge?
    Nina Beth Cardin, Rabbi and Chair of the Chesapeake Covenant Community
  • Historical narrative – how did we get to where we are, politically?
    Honorable Tayloe Murphy, former Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly, former Secretary of Natural Resources, Board Member of Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Scientific story – what challenges will we confront to restore our waterways? How will science help us achieve the goal?
    Carl Hershner, Director of the Center for Coastal Resources Management at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and a professor in the School of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary.
  • Current political challenge – what is helping and preventing us from working together?
    Honorable Lee Ware, Delegate, Virginia General Assembly

Participant Discussions at Tables

What did you hear that most spoke to you, your faith and your values? How do you think about any moral obligation toward water?

11:00 BREAK

Living Waters: Science, Conservation, and Faith Together (In Four Parts)

Part A. Ways We Need and Depend on Water For Our Survival
Kim Coble, Vice President of Environmental Protection and Restoration, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Part B. A Success Story
W. Shelton Miles III, pastor and farmer, winner of the 2013 Erchul Environmental Leadership Award, shares his perspective on stewardship of our land and water.

Part C. A Moderated Table Conversation: Creating a movement that brings faith and conservation together

Advocacy as discipleship. How people of faith are called to bear witness
J. Herbert Nelson, Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness in Washington, DC 

Crossing the Chasm: Speaking to the needs of the faith community
Bob Faithful IV, Retired

How to motivate people to change, to care for the environment, to create a movement
Ralph White, Retired, Manager of James River Park Systems

Moderator: Andy Morgan, Director Education Ministry, Williamsburg Presbyterian Church

Part D. Participant Discussion at Tables

How do you get congregants to adopt behavioral change?
What do you need to move people into action in your community?

Catered by Meriwether Godsey

The Path Forward: Creating A Year of Learning and Engagement
Modified Open Space: A "World Café"

Please come prepared to participate

  • Read about "open space"
  • Come with specific topics you would like to discuss

Part A. Introduction to Open Space and Setting the Agenda

Part B. Open Space/World Café Discussions


Review of Discussion Outcomes and Recommendations

  • Poster reports from small discussions
  • Large group reflection
4:00 Next Steps
4:15 An Interfaith Closing Ceremony
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