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 Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ontario (Canada)
When: Tue afternoon (Oct 17) to Wed evening (Oct 18), one-day option available
Where: Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015, USA (near Columbus, OH)
Cost: Free of Charge, Complimentary Lodging available
Registration: Click here
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.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
1:00 PM Arrival & registration
1:30PM Science Panel exploring Connections in Science & Religion
3:30 PM Breakout sessions
6:00 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Keynote address by Dr. Lonnie Thompson, Byrd Polar Research Center
9:00 PM Evening Networking & Conclusion
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Interreligious panel
10:45 AM Breakout sessions
1:30 PM Pedagogy panel
3:30 PM Plenary address by Dr. Valerie Bridgeman, Interim Dean at MTSO
4:30 PM Closing and sending forth
Lodging on the nights of Oct. 17 and 18 will be provided complimentary to out-of-town participants who register and request them, as will most travel reimbursement. All Symposium meals are complimentary to registered participants.
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.