EcoFaith Conference

A Christian Response to Creation Care in Cascadia

November 11, 2017

Bethany Community Church, Seattle WA

“When I’m out hiking, skiing, or climbing on my day off, I’m rarely alone. On weekends tens of thousands spill out of their climate-controlled, urbanized, pixelated lives in search of nature, but of course what they’re really searching for is God.”
– Richard Dahlstrom

What does Christian theology tell us about the environment? Are we to subdue it? Dominate it? Or are we to live harmoniously with it? What is the relationship between environmentalism and justice, particularly for the poorest among us?

Why does Cascadia care at all? For an area that traditionally lacks an overt moral tradition, why do we believe so strongly that taking care of the environment is the right thing to do?

By most accounts, we’re headed towards an environmental crisis on a scale for which we are not prepared. Cascadia, lost among its behemoth mountains, its trees as tall as buildings, and its waters clear as diamonds, sometimes hides this reality from us. But other times, the sheer environmental magnitude here provides a powerful motivator for us to remember that the environment is important. And that sense of importance, that sense of jaw-dropping beauty, is transcendent. It points beyond itself. God cares about the environment. God created it, after all. And God gave it to us.

So, what now? 

We invite you to join us November 11th for the EcoFaith conference. We’re bringing together a number of Cascadian voices to discuss these questions and more. The church here needs a robust theology of the environment. And we need to take that robust theology and act upon it. 

 

Date

Date: November 11

9am – 5pm

Directions

Location: Bethany Community Church

Address: 8023 Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98103

Costs

Students: $60.00

General: $99.00

Presenters

We believe multiple voices create a wider space for conversation. We’ve invited a number of theologians to provide a framework; practitioners to explore how we embody our theories; and artists to imagine what could be.

Theology

Mary DeJong

Mary DeJong

Mary DeJong is an eco-theologian who writes, speaks and consults in the territories of sacred ecology, theology of place, Celtic spirituality, pilgrimage, and transformative travel.
Richard Dahlstrom

Richard Dahlstrom

Richard Dahlstrom is a pastor at Bethany Community Church in Seattle, and author of The Colors of Hope: Becoming People of Mercy, Justice, and Intimacy (churchbcc.org).

Charis Weathers

Charis Weathers

Charis Weathers serves as a Guide/Pastor at Echoes, an experimental Lutheran community in Bellingham, WA. Desiring more integration of faith and community life, Charis has worked in tandem with multiple environmental non-profits as an advocate and project developer. She has also produced creative, place-based liturgy and served as a local TEDx speaker.

Practice

Majora Carter

Majora Carter

Majora Carter is a leading urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster.  She is responsible for the creation & implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems.

Francis Icasiano

Francis Icasiano

Francis Icasiano is first-generation Filipino and the former Managing Principal of Cascadia Consulting Group, an environmental consulting firm headquartered in Seattle.

Corey Greaves

Corey Greaves

Corey helped facilitate the growth of the largest Native American youth ministry in the PCUSA, at Wapato Community Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Gina started Mending Wings, a non-profit, Native American youth organization, where they currently oversee one of the largest Native American, faith-based organizations in the country. 

Imagination

Erica Grimm

Erica Grimm

Dr. Erica L. Grimm is an artist with over 25 solo exhibitions. She is in numerous private and public collections, including the Vatican Art Collection, Canada Council Art Bank and the Richmond Art Gallery.
Poor Clare

Poor Clare

Indie folk band from Seattle, performing original music inspired by the mysteries of God and life. Poor Clare’s music echoes the beauty of the Pacific Northwest: melodies that soar from the peaks of the mountains, lyrics exploring ocean depths, textures that rain from the clouds like a dream.  Led by songwriter and performer, Lacey Brown, Poor Clare invites you along on a musical journey reflecting the beauty and pain of life.

S C H E D U L E

Registration  8am

9-10:15am – Plenary I – Creation & Fall – “Where are we?” 

Worship with Poor Clare
Richard Dahlstrom – Creation & Fall
Mary DeJong – Creation Care in Community
Erica Grimm – Art Introduction

10:15-10:30 – Break

10:30 – 11:30 – Breakout I

Richard Dahlstrom
Charis Weathers
Mary DeJong

11:30 – 1:00 – Lunch on your own

1:00 – 2:30 – Plenary II – Christ & Kingdom – “Now what?”

Richard Dahlstrom – Christ & Kingdom: A Liturgy of Encounter
Majora Carter – Greening the Ghetto
Panel: Justice is Broad – Land, People, and Poverty, with Francis Icasiano, Majora Carter, Corey Greaves, Hodan Hassan, & David Leong 

2:30 – 3:30 – Breakout II

Majora Carter
Erica Grimm
Corey Greaves
Francis Icasiano

3:30 – 4:20 – Plenary III – The Eschaton – “What could be?”

Richard Dahlstrom – Imagining What Could Be
Panel: Imagining Renewed Environments: Artists as Visionaries, with Erica Grimm, Lacey Brown, & Shannon Sigler


4:20 – 4:45 – Closing Worship