An increasing number of Americans are turning to their pastors, priests, rabbis, and imams for wisdom and guidance on ecological sustainability, lifestyle and spirituality. Awareness is growing of the injustice and inequity of pollution and waste and the implications of climate change.
This Symposium will offer you resources to prepare seminarians to address these ecological concerns from a theological and educational perspective. It will further enable your institution to equip the next generation of religious leaders to engage effectively in creation care and ecological justice.
Date, Venue & Registration
Attendees: Seminary Faculty & Deans in the Southeast like Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas
When: March 21 – 23, 2018
Where: Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia (near Atlanta, GA)
Cost: Free of Charge
The Symposium will include
- Plenary, panel discussion and breakout sessions on the emerging field of faith-based environmental education in seminaries and theological schools with leading environmental scientists.
- Networking and discussion on integrating ecology in courses in theology, Bible, liturgy, ethics, and more, as well as innovate new courses.
- Ideas and proposals for clinical and field education as well as vocational options.
- Planning project-based learning for the classroom, extra-curricular programs, student actions and community engagement with specialists in the field.
Agenda (subject to change)
March 21 (Wednesday evening)
4:00 pm Check in
8:00 Plenary Presentation. Speaker: J. Marshall Shepherd (UGA professor of atmospheric sciences)
March 22 (Thursday)
9:00 Plenary: Laurel Kearns and Tim Van Meter: Moving Toward Being a Green School: Obstacles and Strategies
10:30 Workshops on Teaching Ecology within and beyond Our Disciplines
1:30 Interfaith Panel: Cultivating Eco-Consciousness within Various Communities of Faith
3:00 Campus Sustainability and Environmental Justice
1. Walking Tour to Agnes Scott College to meet with Susan Kidd (Director of Sustainability).
2. Teaching Environmental Justice: Na’taki Osborne Jelks (Assistant Professor in Public Health)
6:30 Eat and Play! Fishbanks Simulation Game with Rob Williamson (Kennesaw State University).
March 23 (Friday)
8:30 Morning Plenary: Jennifer Ayres (Emory University/Candler School of Theology): Ecology in Religious Education
10:00 Panel on Takeaways and Best Practices
11:30 Concluding Worship with the Rev. William E. Flippin (pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Atlanta)
To view pictures from last month’s Symposium held at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and co-hosted by the Washington Theological Consortium, click here.
To see a video that captures some of the energy of a similar conference in Manhattan in December that was hosted at Union Theological Seminary, click here.
Our Supporters & Partners
This Symposium is part of the Seminary Environmental Leadership Initiative, which is funded through a grant from the Luce Fund for Theological Education, with additional support from the Julia Burke Foundation.