Friday, February 28, 2014

Montreat Ecology/Spirituality Conference

I am leading a conference at Montreat, the beautiful Presbyterian conference center outside of Asheville, NC, Thursday to Sunday, April 24-27. It's called Inhabiting Eden (original, no?). I hope you will consider coming, and will pass the word to others.

Here is the info on the Montreat website.

Here is more information: 
Some think the Bible concerns only humans and God. Yet from the first creation story to the end of Revelation, Scripture imagines a larger universe inhabited by other creatures besides ourselves. Genesis 1 shows God’s pleasure with the earth and all its species long before humans appear. Genesis 2 pictures humans made from the ground in order to serve and preserve God’s garden. The speeches of God in Job imagine nature as a wild place, barely understandable to people, yet adored by God. As we come to terms with our ecological limits, we can reignite the imagination to see more clearly our place in creation’s intricate web, to cherish more actively its delicate beauty, and to relish our responsibilities to treat life—human and other—with respect and awe. Enjoying the Eden of Montreat and listening to Scripture, we will explore a spirituality of grateful care, and of realistic hope for facing our generation’s ecological crises.

The class includes time for learning, group interaction, contemplation and exploration, and fellowship. The formal sessions are titled:
Session 1: Inhabiting Eden: Why Does It Matter?
Session 2: Practicing Gratitude in a World of Entitlement
Session 3: Practicing Connection in an Insular World
Session 4: Practicing Lament in a Numb World
Session 5: Practicing Hope in a World of Despair
Session 6: Conclusion: Practicing Life in a World of Wounds

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Minding Nature

Been leading two middle east travel seminars, woke up to the call of the muezzins in Bethlehem. This morning we will worship at the Christmas Lutheran Church with the congregation of the Rev. Mitri Raheb. In the meantime, here is a link to an article of mine published last month in the journal Minding Nature, from the Center for Humans and Nature. It's a lovely online journal published three times a year. I hope you will find many other articles in it interesting as well.