Voices for Earth Justice

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Voices for Earth Justice is a Detroit-based nonprofit that calls people of all faiths together so they can pray for, learn about, and work toward environmental justice. The organization hosts community dinners at Hope House and Gardens, where participants hear presentations from community leaders or environmental experts and then have the opportunity to ask questions and take part in a group discussion led by the presenter. Each is opened and closed with an interfaith prayer. Its Wonder Walks take participants on 60- to 90-minute treks through nature with a guide and offer periods of quiet and reflection led by a spiritual director. Voices for Earth Justice’s Facebook Live events and podcasts offer interviews, real-time Q-and-A sessions, and information on environmental issues. The organization’s garden at Hope House teaches residents how to grow their own food. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has shifted its focus to include resources revolving around hunger relief, mental health, and unemployment in the Hope Park neighborhood. While its dinners are now virtual due to the virus, its Wonder Walks are taking place in small groups, and participants must follow CDC guidelines.

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