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 “If we are honest with ourselves and look into our heart’s deep interior, if we are honest from there then this isn’t about saving humanity this is about our courage to love as we have never loved before… Let us live now at the edge of our courage to love.”

– Skeena Rathor, Extinction Rebellion – Westminster Bridge, London 11/17/18

As spiritual care providers, faith leaders, and as members of the human species, the moral implications and opportunities for sacred activism and spiritual practice loom large and are made even more potent by the arrival of Coronavirus.  Join us for an experiential approach to Eco-Ministry to discover and deepen what we intuitively know about how to pastor to each other and Earth right now.

 Gopal Dayaneni: Gopal has been involved in fighting for social, economic, environmental, and racial justice through organizing & campaigning, teaching, writing, speaking, and direct action since the late 1980s. He is a co-founder of Movement Generation: Justice and Ecology Project, which inspires and engages in transformative action towards the liberation and restoration of land, labor, and culture.


Kristin Rothballer: Kristin Rothballer is a social change leader, with a focus on the intersection of personal, social, and ecological healing and transformation. She consults on strategy, programs, equity, and organizational development for nonprofits, foundations, social and land-based enterprises. Kristin co-founded and was Managing Director of Green for All, working to build an inclusive green economy. Currently, she is serving as a Senior Fellow for Center for Whole Communities and pursuing a Masters in Social Transformation at Pacific School of Religion, part of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

Rev Lauren Van Ham, MA: Lauren has served as an interfaith chaplain in healthcare and corporate settings, as well as the former Dean at ChI. In 2007, she renewed her ordination vows and professed herself an “Eco-chaplain.”  Her passion for spirituality, art, and Earth’s teachings infuse her focus in grief & loss, creativity & courage, and responding to our climate crisis.  Today, Lauren serves as Climate Action Coordinator for the United Religions Initiative.  She is a spiritual director and guest faculty for several schools in the Bay Area.

Lead Faculty:  Rev. Lauren Van Ham

For more information Contact:

Admissions Manager admissions@chaplaincyinstitute.org or 510-843-1422