Wesley Walden promotes the concept that sustainable, healthy, and flourishing non-human environments and just, whole, and peaceful human communities are inextricably linked. By offering robust qualitative research and strategic planning, the firm enhances knowledge, increases organizational capacity, and designs metrics-informed programming for organizations working at this intersection.
A particular competency of Wesley Walden is the creative integration of faith-based approaches into the sustainability-community nexus. Through crafting messages, brokering partnerships, and designing programs, Wesley Walden harnesses the moral power of faith communities and the value a faith perspective adds to pursuits of sustainability and community.
Wesley Walden serves: nonprofits and foundations with faith, sustainability, or community-related missions; faith communities and institutions; qualitative research and communications firms; academic institutions; corporate philanthropy; and government agencies.
Exploration of trends, problem solving, case study, planning, evaluation
Collaborative facilitation, data analysis, recommendations, capacity building
Faith messaging, partnerships, programs; connections to meaning and spirit
Farley Lord Smith
Farley Lord Smith brings education, skills, and experience to Wesley Walden. She holds Masters degrees in Environmental Management and Theological Studies from Duke University. Steeped in agrarian theology, community-based environmental management, and watershed ecology, she culminated her studies by exploring the theology and practice of church community gardens.
Her experience includes nonprofit development, management, strategic planning, and program work for environmental nonprofits, including the Alice Ferguson Foundation, SeaWeb, The Episcopal Church Economic and Environmental Affairs Office, and the Alabama Rivers Alliance. At Wesley Walden, LLC, Farley offers clients thoughtful and thorough strategic input and detailed, organized, and reliable implementation across a wide range of projects.
Drawing on the creation theology of The Reverend John Wesley (1703-1791) and philosophical contributions of Henry Thoreau’s On Walden Pond (1854), Wesley Walden cultivates the virtues of intellection, simplicity, versatility, integration, and pioneering spirit.