Living Waters: Wading In
An Interfaith Summit


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8:30 Registration (coffee and light breakfast provided)
9:00 Welcome
Alice Christman, CBF, and Living Waters Planning Committee
9:15 Interfaith Opening Ceremony on the banks of the Lynnhaven River
9:50 The sacredness of Water from the Judeo-Christian Perspective

Paul Galbreath, Professor of Worship and Preaching at Union Presbyterian Seminar


The Sacredness of Water from Indigenous People's Perspective

Beth Roach and Diane Stephenson

10:40 BREAK

How Healthy Are Our Waters?

Chris Moore, CBF Senior Scientist


Singing Outside the Choir: Sociology and Psychology of Motivating the Middle

Moderated by Nissa Dean, Virginia Director of Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay


  • Craig Anderson, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
  • Michael Wriston, River Road United Methodist Church
  • Dorothy Geyer, Williamsburg Presbyterian Church
  • Tatum Ford, CBF Grassroots Field Specialist on the Eastern Shore
12:15 LUNCH

Climate Change: Think Globally, Act Locally
Moderated by Christy Everett, CBF Hampton Roads Director


  • Dave Kitchen, University of Richmond Associate Dean, Professor, and author
  • Joe Bouchard, Fellow at the Blue Moon Fund and Independent Strategic Planning Consultant
  • Skip Stiles, Executive Director of Wetlands Watch
  • Reverend Canon Win Lewis, Rector of Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church

BREAK with frozen treat


Creation Care on the Ground

Moderated by Karen Forget, Executive Director of Lynnhaven River Now


  • Reverend Tom Deppe of Eastern Shore Episcopal Chapel Episcopal Church
  • Pastor Ralph Hodge, Second Baptist Church
  • Alyssa Muhlendorf, Ohef Sholom Temple and Hebrew Academy of Tidewater
  • Karl Bren, River Road United Methodist Church
2:45 BREAK

Putting Feet on Your Faith: Lessons in Advocacy

Moderated by Bob Faithful, Senior Warden, St. John's Episcopal Church


  • Beth Roach, James River Association and Nottoway Tribal Elder
  • Senator Donald McEachin (invited)
  • The Honorable Tayloe Murphy
  • Joelle Novey, Director of NOVA/MD/DC Interfaith Power and Light

Where Do We Go From Here? Identifying Our Take-Home Lessons

Moderated by Michael Wriston, River Road United Methodist

Small group break-out sessions

Closing Meditation and Procession

Led by Rev. Neal Halvorson-Taylor, St. Paul's Memorial Church, and Angie Garcia

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