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My Neighbor is Hurting: How to Serve Those Experiencing Climate Stress and Grief
Climate change is already impacting the mental health of communities nationwide, including the disproportionate impacts of fence line and frontline communities, and youth who are reporting climate anxiety at alarming rates. The faith sector can help. Learn how clergy, lay leaders, and faith communities can build personal AND community resilience in the face of climate change, guidance from mental health experts, and how you can serve your neighbor accordingly. This episode includes latest resources on mental health and resilience and an open Q&A with mental health experts.

Join us for this Blessed Tomorrow episode of ecoAmerica's webcast series, Let's Talk Climate, on February 25 from 2 - 3 pm ET to hear from:

Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder & CEO of Dayenu
Connie Burns, LPC, Spiritual Paths Counseling
James L Fleming, MD, Chair, Caucus on Climate Change and Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association (APA)

This episode will be moderated by Anita Fête Crews, Director of Blessed Tomorrow at ecoAmerica.

Feb 25, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Rabbi Jennie Rosenn
Founder & CEO, Dayenu
Rabbi Jennie Rosenn is the Founder & CEO of Dayenu, a new organization mobilizing the American Jewish community to confront the climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold political action. Rabbi Rosenn has spent more than two decades leading Jewish non-profit organizations, advocating for social change and creating dynamic new initiatives at the heart of the Jewish social justice movement. Before founding Dayenu, she served as vice president for community engagement at HIAS, where she built a robust Jewish movement responding to the global refugee crisis. Prior to serving at HIAS, Rabbi Rosenn spent nearly a decade growing the Jewish social justice movement as the director of the Jewish Life and Values Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. There she built the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable and the Selah Leadership Training Program, while spearheading initiatives to cultivate the environmental movement and women as agents of change in Israel.
Connie Burns
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Spiritual Paths Counseling
Connie Burns is a counselor with more than 30 years experience. She specializes in body-centered psychotherapy, which focuses on bringing the body into the therapy experience in order to create a more whole-person experience. She has been working with her own climate grief for decades, and began facilitating climate grief groups a couple of years ago.
James L Fleming, MD
Chair, Caucus on Climate Change and Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association
Dr Jim Fleming is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who has been in clinical practice since finishing psychiatric residency in 1989. He is Chair of the Caucus on Climate Change and Mental Health of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). From May 2015 to May 2020, he served as a Representative from Missouri to the APA’s main governance body, the Assembly, where he sponsored several successful resolutions on climate change and mental health including an effort requiring the APA to cease investments in funds primarily derived from fossil fuels income. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance (CPA). From a faith perspective, Dr Fleming is an Oblate of St Benedict's Abbey in Atchison, KS, cantors at a local Catholic church and is founding member of an Abrahamic interfaith group (People of Faith for Peace) in the Kansas City area. He is working on a book, "The Bible Psychiatrist" which connects biblical wisdom literature to mental health and social justice.