Stephanie M. Johnson ’10 M.Div., ’12 S.T.M. appointed energy stewardship minister for Province 1
The Rev. Stephanie M. Johnson ’10 M.Div., ’12 S.T.M. has been appointed to serve as energy stewardship minister for Province 1 of the Episcopal Church. Province I comprises the seven Episcopal dioceses in New England with a total of 675 congregations. In this position, Johnson will provide support to congregations as they implement plans to lessen their carbon footprint through energy reduction. In concert with this, Johnson will engage parishes in theological discussions about how these actions can have a positive impact on climate change. Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, which has a strong commitment to religion and ecology, has partnered with Province I by providing office space for Johnson.
"This collaboration is a logical next step for Berkeley as we continue to develop our emerging relationship with the joint degree program at Yale in religion and ecology," said Joseph Britton, dean and president of BDS. "We are especially proud of the many gifts that Stephanie brings to the Church in her new role—she is a model of the kind of environmentally aware graduate we hope to train." As a student, Johnson worked with Berkeley at Yale and with Yale Divinity School on drafting environmental stewardship plans for the institution. Johnson is currently completing a Master of Sacred Theology degree, exploring the technical and theological aspects of environmental engagement through study at both the School of Forestry and YDS. She was ordained a priest in September 2010 in the Diocese of New York.