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Although I was born and spent my first eight years in the Midwest (Missouri and Oklahoma), I consider myself to be a Californian. California has shaped and transformed me in incalculable ways.
I grew up in what was called the “Inland Empire.” A place somewhere midway between southern California’ beaches, and its deserts. I lived in this region from eight to eighteen and only left to move to Los Angeles to attend Mt. Saint Mary’s College. I graduated with a degree in Biology in 2001.
During my four years of undergrad, I decided that I was more interested in religion than science and I decided to take some time to figure out what I wanted to do next. My “time out,” ended up taking 13 years. In this time I worked with children in foster care, traveled, and moved back to Oklahoma where I lived for three years.
In the Fall of 2014 I moved to San Francisco to pursue a MA in Philosophy and Religion with an emphasis in Ecology, Spirituality and Religion. I am currently interning with CIPL and assisting with the No Coal in Oakland campaign. I will be graduating in May of this year, and am excited to see what the future holds. (Photo by Brooke Anderson)
Spring 2016 Interns
Raphael was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He studied Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is intrigued with the ways politics and religion intersect, especially in respect to social and environmental justice. Raphael joined CIPL in January 2016 through the Episcopal Service Corps.
Kali found IPL through the California Institute of Integral Studies where she is currently studying for her MA in philosophy and religion. As part of her class “Touch the Earth: An integral ecology practicum”, she has volunteered as an intern with IPL for the semester Spring 2016. With a background in chemistry, she is using this opportunity to really broaden her knowledge on the widespread climate crisis that is facing us today. The main goal for this working collaboration is to explore and help strengthen the role that faith communities play in both educating people about the issues at hand and taking action towards new climate policies, locally as well as throughout California.
Isaac grew up in a small town called Pixley, located in California’s Central Valley. He attended Azusa Pacific University, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication, and an emphasis on Media Studies. It was during his undergrad that he spent a month in South Africa, where he was exposed to poverty in the slums of Soweto. After experiencing poverty, he decided to pursue a career in which he could serve amongst the marginalized in society. This led him to get his Masters of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership (MATUL), also with Azusa Pacific University.
The MATUL program is designed as an international urban program. Isaac spent the first few months of the program living and serving in South Central, Los Angeles, before he moved abroad to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While in Brazil, Isaac was living, learning, and serving in the favelas of the city; working amongst some of the most marginalized in society. Isaac is now back in Los Angeles, interning with CIPL’s So Cal office as he continues to study community organizing and advocacy. After experiencing extreme poverty, Isaac has now become passionate about understanding environmental justice, and how we can become “difference makers” with regards to our own climate, to create a more sustainable future for everyone, including those on the margins of society.