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Kreitler Environmental Fund

The Kreitler Environmental Fund's mission is to empower clergy and the church with a strong environmental ethic in order to help conserve and preserve the environment. Once fully funded, the Fund will support initiatives such as lectures, fellowships, and scholarships.
The Kreitler Environmental Fund was established by Peter Gwillim Kreitler (VTS ’69), his wife Catharine B. Kreitler, brother Jay Kreitler, and friends, in memory of John (Jack) Henry Kreitler and Muriel (Billie) Gwillim Kreitler, the parents of Peter Gwillim and John (Jay) Taylor Kreitler.

“Our family has initiated this Environmental Fund because Virginia Seminary has had a long and distinguished heritage of sending men and women into the world in service to God throughout all of God’s creation,” said the Rev. Peter Gwillim Kreitler, minister for the Environment in the Diocese of Los Angeles and creator of the Southern California television Series, Earth Talk Today, “…this legacy has inspired the Kreitler family and friends to help foster and embolden new leadership informed by a strong environmental ethic that will help form a sustainable model for the future.”

Once fully funded, the Fund will support initiatives such as lectures, fellowships, and scholarships. The Kreitler Environmental Lectures, which will be held at the Seminary every other year, will explore the ways one’s appreciation and stewardship of the environment is enhanced by informed theological beliefs; the Kreitler Environmental Fellowships, awarded to a member of the Episcopal Church on an every other year basis, who would be in residence at the Seminary for one month, will provide recipients opportunities to deepen the Seminary community’s understanding and appreciation of why, from a Christian perspective, the environment matters; and the Jim and Ellen Sell Environmental Scholarship, will provide financial assistance for a student or member of the faculty of the Seminary to participate in a significant international or national consultation, conference, or event related to the environment.

Click here to make an online contribution to the Kreitler Environmental Fund.

Your gifts enable the Seminary to prepare men and women to address timeless needs in an ever-changing world, without the oppressive burden of significant educational debt incurred while at Seminary. Your gifts also allow the Seminary to meet the needs of congregations and communities in the wider church at a time of great challenge and opportunity.

The Seminary depends upon the philanthropy of all our friends, and we are forever grateful for that support.


The 2nd Annual Kreitler Environmental Lecture was held on March 31, 2009.

"The Child of Adam and the Renewal of All"

Guest speaker: The Rt. Rev. James Jones
Bishop of Liverpool
The Church of England

The Inaugural Kreitler Environmental Lecture was held on April 22, 2008. 

"Becoming Human: Biblical Interpretation and Ecological Responsibility"

Guest speaker: Dr. Ellen F. Davis
Professor of Bible and Theology
Duke Divinity School