2014 Keynote Speakers, Panelists, Musicians, Artists

  • Keynote Speakers (Scroll down for panels and speakers. Links to bios and more information here):

Pat Siemen: Patricia Siemen is a Dominican Sister from Adrian, Michigan, and an attorney.  She currently serves as the director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, Barry University School of Law.  (Center for Earth Jurisprudence, Barry University, Orlando FL) The mission of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence is to advance legal principles, laws and governance that reflect a transformative Earth-centered perspective and support the well-being of all members of the Earth community. Visit the CEJ Facebook page. (continue reading)

Will Allen: organic farmer, teacher and activist (Cedar Circle Farms, E. Thetford VT http://www.cedarcirclefarm.org/.) Will is a self-identified "food freak", author, and a lifelong farmer. It is these primary passions -- growing, cooking and eating food -- that have led him to a lifetime of activism. Will grew up on a small farm in southern California and served in the Marine Corps between the Korean Vietnam wars. He received a PhD in Anthropology (focused on Peruvian tropical rain forest agriculture) ... (continue reading)

George Friday works as consultant to nonprofit organizations seeking to build capacity and organizational strength while acknowledging and addressing issues of oppression and privilege in ways that build community. She is the Field Organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and National Coordinator for the independent Progressive Politics Network, and an Executive Team member of Move to Amend.

Bruce Alexander, Canadian psychologist who has devoted four decades to the study of addiction. His two books on addiction are Peaceful Measures: Canada's Way Out of the War on Drugs(University of Toronto Press, 1990) and The Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit (Oxford University Press, 2010). He has worked with injecting street addicts in Vancouver's notorious Down-town East Side, methadone users in Vancouver clinics, middle class addicts at Simon Fraser University, and wealthy users through personal interviews and biographical reading.  (continue reading)


First panel (Friday morning): The Interface Between Community and Cause 

  1. Pat Holborn Alexander: Vancouver Canada, Indigenous peoples community
  2. Linnea Pearson, Interfaith Chaplain and Adjunct Professor of Religion, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
  3.  Juanita BakerPelican Island Audubon Society
  4. Jeff Wolfe: co-creator and chair of the Steering Committee for the inaugural Our Children, Climate, Faith Symposium in Strafford, VT, in August 2013.

Second panel (Friday afternoon): Conditions and Directions

Scott Alexander, Bruce Knotts, Corry Westbrook, Leah Booher
  1. Scott Alexander: Minister, UU Fellowship of Vero Beach
  2. Bruce Knotts: Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office,
  3. Corry Westbrook: Federal Policy Director, Oceana; Former Legislative Director for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Regional Grassroots Coordinator for the National Audubon Society
  4. Leah Booher,  member of the iMatter Youth Council, and the South Florida Climate Action Partners' Speakers Bureau

Third panel (Saturday morning): Learn, Love, and Act

Irene Keim, Brock Leach, Michael Greenman, Kindra Muntz
  1.  Irene Keim: Unitarian Universalist Ministry for the Earth
  2. Brock Leach: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Vice President for Mission, Strategy and Innovation, UUSC
  3. Michael Greenman, Move to Amend
  4. Kindra Muntz: Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida

Fourth panel (Saturday afternoon): Finding Voice from Spirit to Law

Jeff Wolfe, Jan Booher, Richard Baker, George Friday
  1.  Jeff Wolfe:  Jeff has been active in energy and climate work since 1973, and serves on the Union of Concerned Scientists National Advisory Board. (continue reading)
  2. Jan Booher: Climate Disruption South eastern, Miami Florida
  3. Richard BakerPelican Island Audubon Society
  4. George Friday, Move to Amend

Details TBA:

Youth skits, Spiral Dance, optional small group activities

Gregory Wilson: Globalization of Addiction and Earth Recovery Support Groups.

Musicians, Breathwork  Facilitator, and Featured Artist:

Aaron Hoopes: Zen Yoga Master - Aaron is a native of Vermont and the founder of the Art of Zen Yoga. He has studied the martial arts, Eastern philosophy, ancient history and alternative medicine in the United States, Australia, and Japan for over twenty-eight years. He has a degree in Asian History and Japanese Culture from Tulane University... (continue reading)

Samantha Moffatt - musician, teacher, translator, and gardener who lives in central Vermont, performing and recording folk and world music since 1981. Her Facebook page is here. Sample song, Tha Mi Duilich:  

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Dockstreet Band - Singer/songwriters who have written several songs to illustrate the concepts behind the Healing Our World and Ourselves Conference. "Connection" can be heard by clicking the link below.

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Seija Floderus - Featured artist - Seija was born in Finland, lived in Sweden, and received her MFA at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. She draws upon the cultures of these countries as well as her adopted home in the United States, to explore spirituality, time, and to convey her love of nature. You will find shapes such as leaves grass, water, even rocks and human shapes in her work. Seija weaves copper wire, hand-spooled silk and sea glass, making a second pattern of pockets to hold the glass. A number of her works will be on display during the Conference, and the artist will be available to talk about her work. (continue reading)