River Missionaries, Deforestation, and COVID-19

April 26, 2021
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Rodrigo Pedroso is a Brazilian journalist who reports for CNN. As part of the Pulitzer Center’s Rainforest Journalism Fund, his project “River Missionaries: The Catholic Counteroffensive in the Amazon” explores the dynamics and work of Catholic missionaries in an area where evangelical Christians and the theology of prosperity are booming alongside deforestation.

In this conversation, Pedroso shared the stories of parishes struggling to survive and missionaries who serve hard-to-reach villages in the Amazon region. He was joined by Niyanta Spelman, founder and CEO of Rainforest Partnership, and the two discussed the role of religious communities in combatting deforestation, as well as how Catholic, Indigenous, and local communities in the Amazon have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The dialogue was moderated by Rev. Fletcher Harper, executive director of GreenFaith. Michael Kessler, managing director of the Berkley Center, introduced the conversation.

This event was part of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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