Bourbon 'n BrownTown

Ep. 16 - Environmental Justice & Faith-based Organizing against White Supremacy ft. Rev. Brian Sauder

Episode Summary

BrownTown chats with Mennonite Reverend and environmental activist Brian Sauder about his organizing work and the ways in which white supremacy and related systems of oppression inform the root causes of environmental issues.

Episode Notes

As the Faith in Place President and Executive Director, Rev. Sauder’s passion is empowering faith communities across Illinois to take measurable steps to connect the dots between faith, environmental justice, poverty, mass incarceration, race, violence, class, and health. He grew up in Illinois in rural Tazewell County and received his B.S. from the University of Illinois in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, M.A. in Religion from Urbana Theological Seminary, and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois. Rev. Sauder is ordained by the Mennonite Church U.S.A. and worships with Chicago Community Mennonite Church in East Garfield Park. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at McCormick Theological Seminary, co-teaching an environmental certification course for future clergy.

Brian and BrownTown discuss the bottom-up, decentralized organizing model of Faith in Place, the pros and cons of preaching with privilege, and politicizing audiences pre- and post-Trump. After BrownTown learns more about Brian’s journey as an organizer through his faith, the group analyzes how capitalism, consumerism, and militarism inform white supremacy. How does this create and sustain harmful environmental injustices? What we can do to combat it? Here's BrownTown's take.


Learn more about Faith in Place's work on their site, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as their affiliate Action Fund on their site, Facebook, and Twitter.

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CREDITS: Intro song Forbidden Knowledge by Raury ft. Big K.R.I.T. Outro song God's Plan by Drake. Audio engineered by Genta Tamashiro.


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