CARE FOR CREATION: Webinar on Flint, environmental racism, and the black church's environmental heritage

Jan 2, 2021


Welcome to Peace Church's webpage dedicated to the webinar on Flint, environmental racism, and the black church's environmental heritage. In this comprehensive and insightful webinar, we aim to shed light on the pressing issues of environmental justice, particularly focusing on the Flint crisis and the black church's vital role in advocating for change. Join us on February 18 to learn more about these critical topics and how we can work together to address them.

Understanding Environmental Racism

Environmental racism refers to the disproportionate exposure of minority communities, predominantly people of color, to environmental hazards and toxic pollutants. This systemic issue further exacerbates social, racial, and economic disparities, leading to detrimental health effects and long-term consequences for marginalized communities.

Throughout history, Flint, Michigan, has become emblematic of environmental racism, as the predominantly low-income black community faced severe lead contamination in their drinking water. Despite the crisis, the resilience and activism of the black church have played a crucial role in advocating for justice, highlighting the significance of faith-based communities in environmental movements.

The Flint Crisis and Its Impacts

The Flint water crisis emerged when the city, under emergency management, switched its water source to the Flint River without implementing proper corrosion control measures. This change led to the leaching of lead from aging pipes, resulting in a public health emergency. Thousands of residents, including young children, were exposed to high levels of lead, leading to severe health implications such as developmental issues, learning disabilities, and various other health complications.

Furthermore, the Flint crisis emphasized the broader issue of environmental racism, as the majority-black community faced the brunt of the contamination due to systemic neglect and disregard for their well-being. The black church stepped up to address this injustice, highlighting the interconnectedness of environmental and social justice.

The Role of the Black Church

The black church has a rich history of activism, advocacy, and community engagement. Recognizing the environmental crisis faced by its congregation and the greater Flint community, the black church has become a pivotal force in pushing for change. Congregations, community leaders, and faith-based organizations have united to demand justice, accountability, and equitable access to clean water and a safe environment.

By embracing their environmental heritage, the black church has incorporated environmental stewardship into its religious teachings and practices. Many faith-based initiatives promote sustainability, responsible resource management, and ecological justice, creating a holistic approach to faith and the environment.

Join Our Webinar

Peace Church invites you to participate in our webinar on February 18, where we will delve into the multi-faceted aspects of the Flint crisis, environmental racism, and the black church's environmental heritage. The webinar will provide a platform for esteemed speakers, experts, and community leaders to discuss their experiences, insights, and strategies for achieving environmental and social justice. Together, we can learn, inspire, and work towards a more equitable and sustainable future.

Don't miss this invaluable opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations, expand your knowledge, and join a growing movement striving for a just and inclusive society.


Environmental justice and the black church's environmental heritage are essential topics that demand our attention and action. The Flint crisis serves as a stark reminder of the devastating impacts of environmental racism and the urgent need for change. Peace Church is committed to playing its part in raising awareness, promoting advocacy, and fostering dialogue surrounding these critical issues. Join us on February 18 for a powerful and enlightening webinar as we work towards a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

Tom Rose
Looking forward to it! 🙌
Nov 8, 2023