God’s Earth: Too Big to Fail?
An Eco-Justice Conversation among Faith, Science & Culture
This conference will be held August 31-September 3, 2011 at Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center in Allenspark, Colorado. Since 1996, PEC has coordinated a biennial conference on various environmental themes. Informative and inspirational the conferences are designed to provide opportunities for networking, education and spiritual refreshment around earth care. Like preceding conferences, this conference will prepare individuals and congregations to understand how people of faith are called to be good stewards of the earth and to take the first step (or next steps) toward caring for God’s creation through church life. The fare for each day will include spiritual nourishment along with scientific and theological discussions.
Rev. Dr. William P. Brown, Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary and author of “Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder.” will be the Theological Keynote Speaker for the 2011 conference. Joining Dr. Brown in the conversation will be Carolyn Raffensperger, health advocate and environmental attorney; Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, senior scientist for Pesticide Action Network North America Regional Center; Dr. Holmes Rolston, III, environmental ethics scholar; Dr. John Ikerd, professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri; and Dr. Tyrone B. Hayes, an amphibian research scientist from the University of California at Berkley.
A specific workshop will present and educate participants about the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Earth Care Congregations Program. Leaders are Katie Holmes of the PC (U.S.A.) Environmental Ministries Office and Jane Laping, curriculum author. Holmes and Laping will introduce the program and give attendees ideas and resources for getting their home congregation started in the program.
In addition to presentations, workshops, and dialogue, worship will be an integral aspect of this event. Rev. Stacy Smith and Rev. Ashley-Anne Masters will join Rev. Dr. Bill Brown in crafting meaningful liturgy, music, and meditations congruent with the eco-justice conversations.
Additionally, field trips to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Center for Atmospheric Research will be offered as a pre- conference option. “Free time” opportunities during the conference will include a Birding Hike and a Wildflower Hike.
Online registration is available at http://www.highlandscamp.org/conferences.html
Presbyterians for Earth Care (PEC)-formerly Presbyterians for Restoring Creation- is a national eco-justice network that cares for God’s creation by connecting, equipping and inspiring Presbyterians to make creation care a central concern of the church. Founded in 1995, PEC has maintained a close collaborative relationship with the PC (U.S.A.) Office of Environmental Ministries which is a co-sponsor of the conference.