Revealing Relationships:
Climate Change and disaster preparedness


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Wildfires are more common and more severe in Alaska, Montana and the Pacific Northwest then they used to be. One reason is Climate Change. Loss of sea ice, melting permafrost, and sea level changes are already requiring Indigenous Alaskan communities to relocate. The cause is Climate Change. February 2020 flooding in Umatilla, OR and Walla Walla, WA counties was the most severe on record, and the frequency is increasing. Why?

September 26, 2020 the following Climate Change educators and activists joined Lutheran Disaster Response Pacific Northwest Preparedness Project Coordinator Dave Brauer-Rieke to discuss very real Climate Change impacts on our life and well being today.

  • Rev. Charles Brower is a retired United Methodist pastor who served the Community United Methodist Church in Nome, Alaska. A native Alaskan, Charlie describes himself as an Iñupiaq Hunter and a survivor of the Native Boarding School system of his youth. He has been active in the relocation processes of a few of the five Alaskan Native Communities which must currently relocate due to Climate Change related damage to the fragile ecology and environment of northern Alaska. Traditional ways of life are rapidly becoming impossible to pursue.
  • Solomon Duke is a  student at Western Washington University studying Energy Science and Technology. He has a passion for Cross Country, Track and Field, and Protecting the planet. He is a Climate Activist working with  both the public and Portland City Officials, specifically working towards the denial of the Zenith Energy Tar Sand Expansion. His work helped develop the Portland Public Schools Climate Literacy Curriculum, and Solomon works with issues concerning Portland Tree Canopy Health as well.
  • Dr. Rev. Barbara Rossing is an ELCA pastor and professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Well known for her books on Revelation, Barbara is also a board member of Lutherans Restoring Creation and a popular Climate Change speaker and educator. While her teaching locates her in Chicago, her home – and her heart – are in Leavenworth WA.
  • Dave Brauer-Rieke, our webinar moderator and host, works with Lutheran Disaster Response throughout the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Montana. A former member of the Oregon State Climate Council he is also a native of the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Seattle, WA and spending his professional years in Oregon.

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Spiritual Grounding with Rev. Charley Brower
Rev. Charles Brower Devotional Written Format


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Presenter Shorts

Rev. Charley Brower Introduction


Dr. Barbara Rossing Tree of Life



Other Resources

The following resources were referenced in the webinar and are shared with you here:

From Solomon Duke

From Rev. Charles Brower

From Dr. Barbara Rossing

Other Referrals

And …

Thank you to all who participated! We received questions and passions for further work and capacity building. With respect to Climate Change Mitigation work we hope the links above give you a place to start. Climate Change Mitigation is Disaster Preparedness. Your local efforts and energy are essential to this work.

With respect to Disaster Preparedness work in general, this is the purpose of the ELCA Region 1 Disaster Preparedness Project. Help organize a Disaster Preparedness Task Team in your congregation. We are here to assist you. Contact your ELCA Synod office for support. Volunteer to work directly with your Synod in their efforts. We’re building a Region 1 team, so step up to the plate and lend a hand. If you have not yet subscribed to the ELCA Region 1 Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, the Hammer and Dance, do so now. It is one of our primary communication and community building tools. If you have questions or ideas please email Dave Brauer-Rieke, Program Coordinator.

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