WHO WE ARE

Spirit explorers
Writers, teachers, listeners, learners.

The Earth Hope team owes much of what we know to our teachers in communities that have known hardship: from the inner-city, African-American housing projects of Kansas City, Missouri and New Orleans to the Native American reservations in Montana. Our experiences have led us to explore, synthesize and champion earth justice and social justice.

Marya Grathwohl, OSF

Marya Grathwohl, OSF

Founder and co-director

Sister Marya Grathwohl lived for 23 years in Northern Cheyenne, Crow and African-American communities. Her work is shaped by what she learned from them: spiritualities of respect for nature, social justice and resilience in life-threatening difficulties.

An activist and writer for a flourishing earth community, she worked to revitalize a 350-acre farm in Indiana for natural food production, and to create a women’s center in Northern Cheyenne country designed with wind and solar energy, ground-source heating and cooling, water catchment, raised-bed gardens, passive solar greenhouse, composting and native prairie restoration. She is writing a book to be published by Riverhead Penguin.

Helen Prejean, CSJ

Helen Prejean, CSJ

Co-director

Sister Helen Prejean is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty. In 1982, she became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers. In the months before Sonnier’s execution, Sr. Helen came to know a man who was as terrified as he had once been terrifying. At the same time, she came to know the families of the victims and the men whose job it was to execute him — men who often harbored doubts about the rightness of what they were doing. When it was first published in 1993, her book Dead Man Walking sparked a national debate about capital punishment. Sr. Helen is currently working on her third book (her second was The Death of Innocents), a memoir. As well as speaking across the country about capital punishment, she leads workshops with Marya on the intertwining of social justice and earth justice.

Cece Gannon

Cece Gannon

Teacher, Earth Hope Prison Program

Cece Gannon is a trained psychologist and a retired teacher. She has been a volunteer in the Santa Rosa corrections system for over 20 years. She provides classes in cosmology, anger management and re-entry skills.

Read more about the Earth Hope Prison Program.