June 2: Environmental Forum

The Unitarian Church of Norfolk’s Environmental Priority Group, a subcommittee of the Social Justice Committee, will host an evening with the City of Norfolk’s Chief Resilience Officer, Christine Morris. She will be giving a talk at 7 p.m. in the second floor Curtis Room of the congregation’s building at 739 Yarmouth St., Norfolk, on Friday, June 2. The talk, titled “Norfolk: A Resilient City,” is free and open to the public.

Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, and systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shocks, and even transform, when conditions require it. This talk is about the exciting and complex store of what Norfolk is doing right now to continue growing and thriving to 2100 and beyond.

The Unitarian Church of Norfolk is no stranger to the effects of recurrent flooding. From its position on the Hague downtown, the century-old building has stood sentry over the encroaching waters creeping further up the curb. A section of the church’s website is devoted to the tide tables; high waters have sometimes canceled Sunday services and other activities. It has been called “ground zero” for Norfolk’s flooding issues, and serves as a beautiful and dramatic backdrop for news stories during nearly every flood event.

Morris began her position as Norfolk’s first Chief Resilience Officer in June 2014 thanks to grant money the City of Norfolk received through the Rockefeller Foundation. More information on this role can be found in this article by The Virginia Pilot.


Friday June 2
7 p.m.
Unitarian Church of Norfolk
739 Yarmouth St., Norfolk, VA, 23510
Curtis Room

Parking is available for those with limited mobility in the church lot directly to the west. Other parking may be found along Mowbray Arch.