Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo, a Venezuelan-American, is an eco-theologian and Presbyterian pastor working as GreenFaith Circle organizer in the state of Florida and Director for GreenFaith Latino-America. Neddy earned her Doctor of Ministry in “Greening the Church” from Drew University and co-founded the Angelic Organics Learning Center, a farm-based nonprofit organization in Northern Illinois, where people connect with food, farming and caring for Earth.
Neddy has taught eco-theology at seminaries in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia and the U.S.; served as editor of the Presbyterians for Earth Care newsletter; has been published in Working Preacher and Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet, and is co-author of NCCC’s God’s Earth is Sacred: An Open Letter to Church and Society in the United States. In 2017, she coordinated GreenFaith’s Convergence in Rio de Janeiro with Latin American multi-faith partners, a 5-day religious- environmental training program for emerging faith leaders from 18 Latin American countries and 19 different religious and spiritual traditions.
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How Do We Declare Creation 'Very Good' in the Face of Climate Change?
A new United Nations report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC ) paints a dire future for life on earth. Even if nations are able to fulfill commitments made during the 2016 Paris Agreement, the report asserts that the world is still headed in the direction of warming by 3 degrees Celsius or more - a temperature increase that would drive worsening food shortages, wild fires, heatwaves, coastal flooding, and poverty.