By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Peter A. Sergienko, a lay leader at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, is joining 30 other people from many religious traditions to train as a religious-environmental leader.
Sergienko has been accepted in the GreenFaith Fellowship Class of 2015, said the Rev. Fletcher Harper, the organization’s executive director. GreenFaith, founded in 1992, is an interfaith environmental coalition with a mission to educate and mobilize diverse religious communities for environmental leadership.
Sergienko will study with members of the Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha’i and Unitarian Universalist traditions. They will have education in eco-theology, including environmental advocacy and environmental justice, Harper said. They will have three residential retreats, monthly webinars and extensive reading.
Sergienko said, “I’m deeply concerned about the threats facing the planet, and I believe that religious communities can make an important impact. I want to contribute to that movement.”
Each fellow will write an eco-theological statement and carry out a leadership project in his or her community. After completing the studies and projects, each will join the fellowship’s graduates’ network and mentor other emerging leaders in this field, said Harper. More information about GreenFaith is at www.greenfaith.org.