• White Instagram Icon

© Copyright 2018 by St. Mark's and St. John's. Proudly created with Wix.com

Contact Us

Office: 585-654-9229

Email: stmarksandstjohns@gmail.com


1245 Culver Road
Rochester, NY 14609

What is environmental justice? Leadership Development at SMSJ.

September 28, 2017

 Fifteen students from the University of Rochester gathered at SMSJ yesterday to explore environmental justice.  They are enrolled in a class entitled:The politics of Nature:  Race, Gender and the Environment.  The University is partnering with St. Mark's and St. John's to get a first hand look at how a Christian community is confronting poverty and creating safe places through gardening.


 The Rev. Dr. Cindy Rasmussen led the students in a discussion about Christianity and the environment.  At SMSJ, the gardens are an expression of God's love and generosity.  We experience the gardens as a safe and healing place.  The class went further and talked about gardens as a moral space.


Our Americorp Member, Leslie Knox, led the group on a tour which included sampling the vegetables.


 But this isn't just a class that reads and talks, this is a class of action.  The students have an opportunity to contribute by choosing their own adventure.  For their final project in this class, they get to create change through a community oriented action project like write a grant, host a fund raiser, or help develop local urban gardening school curriculum.  


As we walked back to the church from the garden tour, a young boy on his bike rode up to Cindy and asked "Who are these people?"  She replied, "They're students from the University of Rochester and they're touring the gardens."  What a sight for him to see fifteen college students from all over the world in his neighborhood.  Just their presence created some change.



St. Mark's and St. John's has created a venue for learning, for leadership development, for healing, and for bringing fresh vegetables to a challenged neighborhood in the city.




Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Christmas Presents that Support SMSJ!

December 16, 2016

Please reload

Featured Posts
Recent Posts

September 5, 2017

Please reload