Cal-Nevada UMVIM volunteer and environmental champion Jim Roberts dies
The United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) program of the California-Nevada Annual Conference has lost one of its most dedicated servants. Jim Roberts, a lay minister at St. Mark’s UMC in
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Roberts helped write the "Guidelines for Implementation" of the CEQA law, which was enacted in 1970 and has since become a model in at least 14 other states. Through it, Jim Roberts helped change the landscapes of cities across the state – and spread a gospel of environmental laws to other parts of the world.
He taught environmental classes and consulted on or helped craft environmental legislation in 18 counties around the globe, largely in northern
"He strongly believed the earth needed protection," Hargrove said in The
The philosophy is consistent with Roberts’ Christian faith – Genesis 2:15 tells us, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” – and it was that faith which informed his last days and is responsible for his spiritual legacy.
“He was a tireless advocate for justice for persons who had been marginalized by political and economic systems and natural disasters,” said longtime friend John McCormack, who also attends St. Mark’s. That was made manifest in recent years, McCormack said, in a partnership with Native Americans at the Rosebud Reservation in
As UMVIM team members, Roberts and his wife of nearly 50 years, Sylvia, also spent considerable time on the hurricane-ravaged
His last productive days were spent getting a new project off the ground: establishing an interfaith supply depot in
“Jim was not a talker but a doer,” McCormack said. “He walked the talk, serving as an example for all those who love justice, mercy and compassion. We honor Jim by continuing the work that he performed so faithfully.”
There also will be an opportunity to honor Jim Roberts at a Celebration of his Life. The service will take place on Saturday, December 15 at 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s
A loving family man, Roberts is survived by his wife, Sylvia Roberts of
Donations in Jim Roberts’ name may be made to the St. Mark’s Memorial Fund.