A. Karim Ahmed
A. Karim Ahmed, Ph.D., is President of the Global Children’s Health and Environment Fund (GCHEF), a non-profit international organization based in Washington, DC. In addition, Dr Ahmed is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), where he serves as its Secretary/Treasurer and Senior Staff Advisor.
Previously, Dr. Ahmed was Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Program on Health, Environment and Development at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, DC. Dr. Ahmed has served on a number of high level advisory committees and technical panels of national and international government agencies and scientific institutions, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation, United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Conference on Science and Technology for Development, World Health Organization, World Bank, etc.
Pam believes in strength in numbers, and the urgent need for effective communication, advocacy and action on behalf of Creation in the face of our rapidly changing climate. She serves as the Sustainability Director at the United Church of Christ’s Northeast Center for Environmental Justice at Silver Lake Conference Center, which is a summer camp and year-round retreat center operated by the Connecticut Conference of the UCC. Her work is centered on education, advocacy and leadership development on environmental issues, with a focus on climate change, sustainable food systems, and environmental justice, and rooted in our faith tradition. In this role, she directly teaches hundreds of young people per year, serve as staff liaison to the CTUCC Environmental Ministries Team, and participate with local, regional and national environmental projects and groups (both secular and faith-based) to advance their stewardship efforts.
Fatma Antar is a professor of Arabic Language at ManchesterCommunity College and is an active leader at the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford in Berlin. Fatma is an avid leader in the education of youth and interfaith understanding and is a founder and Board Member for the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut.
Reverend Tom Carr
Reverend Tom Carr is co-chair of IREJN’;s board and co-founder. Reverend Tom Carr was a co-founder of IREJN and continues to serve on the board. Tom is the pastor of Second Baptist Church in Suffield. He is engaged in every aspect of church life and his environmental concerns wrap around them all. Tom sees our misuse of the natural world as a sign of our disconnection from the grace and abundance of God – as expressed in the natural order. He has a chapter in a book called Claiming Earth as Common Ground called “How Big Is Your God?” on how his theology led him to interfaith activism.
Fr. Sam Fuller, OFM Cap
Father Sam was born and raised in Connecticut. After working as a welder, boat builder and sculptor, he joined the Capuchin Franciscans in 2000, completed his studies in Boston in 2007 and a year later was ordained a Catholic priest. Since then, he has served as the associate pastor at St Pius X Church, Middletown, CT. Inspired by Franciscan spirituality, he became involved with environmental work through Franciscan Action Network and is instrumental in organizing the IREJN’s annual Riverfront Earth Day in Hartford.
Lynn Fulkerson is co-chair of IREJN’s board and a co-founder. She began her ministry of caring for the environment while working on her MA at Hartford Seminary. She is the co-founder of IREJN and a leading activist in her home town of Litchfield. For ten years she served as Chair of the Episcopal Diocesan Committee on the Environment. Lynn is co-founder of the Litchfield Energy Task Force whose mission is to reduce energy consumption and increase the use of clean renewable energy for the town, its residences and businesses. She also brought IREJN’s This Old House of Worship to five congregations in Litchfield. Lynn is currently working to introduce her town to the Transition Town Movement which builds awareness about the long term health of a community through inclusive conversations about energy conservation and local resilience. She continues to co-chair the Board of Directors for IREJN.
Lynn Johnson is a creative arts therapist and pastoral counselor. She has been the Director of Center for Serenity, providing counseling and education with a spiritual base, for the past twenty years. Twelve of those years she co-lead “Earth Prayers” gatherings with Rev. Tom Carr. She is a Quaker religious educator, teaching Earth Care Witness to children for the past decade. She is a member of the Hartford Religious Society of Friends, and a Board Member of IREJN.
Letitia Naigles, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Her avocation has involved environmental activism for over 25 years; she is especially interested in community-centered organic vegetable gardening and facilitating the ‘greening’ of congregations of all faiths. She is an active member of both Jewish (Beth El congregation of Storrs-Mansfield) and Christian (St. John’s Episcopal Church, Vernon) faith communities. She has led the Environmental Ministry at St. John’s for over 10 years, and was one of the founding members of the Tolland Energy Task Force.
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