The biennial Presbyterians for Earth Care Conference will draw together people of faith committed to prayer, learning and action. The project of peacemaking extends over all the earth, calling to us from Scripture and leading us to the front lines where changes in the earth’s climate are experienced most severely. At this year’s conference we will study, strategize, sing, collaborate, farm, and organize toward wholeness, toward peace for all the earth.
At this year’s conference we look forward to the presence of many incredible leaders in the work of ecological justice and peacemaking. Some of those present will include:
· Rev. Cindy Kohlmann, Co-Moderator of the 223rd General Assembly (2018) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), offering words of welcome.
· Keynote Speaker, Rev. Dr. William P. Brown, OT Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, will offer theological grounding for creation care.
· Worship Leader, Rev. Dr. Jill Crainshaw, Professor of Worship at Wake Forest School of Divinity, will explore the everyday matter that shapes our sacraments.
· Music Leader, Min. Warren B. Cooper, Worship Leader, Sacred Jazz Performance & Teaching Artist, will join our voices with the choir of all creation.
· Plenary Speaker, Dr. Susan Clayton, Professor of Psychology at the College of Wooster, will discuss the effects of climate change on the wellbeing of individuals and communities.
· A diversity of workshop leaders including national staff, ecumenical representatives, environmental non-profits, and interfaith coalitions will offer current resources and challenging participants to engaged and faithful response to climate change. Look forward to hearing from the Office of Public Witness, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, GreenFaith, Blessed Tomorrow, Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, lectionary preaching, family ministries, and many more.
The full conference program, a printable flyer for posting, and a ‘Conference In Brief’ one page flyer are available at presbyearthcare.org/events. We are especially glad to offer reduced registration fees ($100) for young adults, ages 18-30 and individuals with low income. We look forward to seeing you in August!
PEC MODERATOR, DENNIS TESTERMAN
Dennis Testerman, Stewardship of Creation Enabler
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 980-521-4871
Dennis Testerman, comes to us well-qualified. Dennis’ ministry of environmental stewardship has spanned three decades of chaplaincy, global and student missions and public service. He was a consultant to the PCUSA Eco-justice Task Force that produced the report, “Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice,” adopted by General Assembly in 1990 that gave rise to the group that started PEC. Currently, Dennis serves as the Stewardship of Creation Enabler with the Presbytery of Charlotte, is a novice with the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans, a fellow with both GreenFaith and the Natural Resources Leadership Institute at North Carolina State University, and is certified as an environmental educator by the State of North Carolina.
PRESBYTERY OF CHARLOTTE “EARTH CARE CONGREGATIONS”
The following churches have been certified as Earth Care Congregations by the PCUSA Environmental Ministries:
Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson, NC
First Presbyterian Church of Concord, NC
Providence Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC
This honor speaks to the great commitment that these congregations have to caring for God’s earth.
To become an Earth Care Congregation, these churches affirmed the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of their church life. They also completed projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach.
The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that have made the commitment to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden.
The Earth Care Congregations program was started in 2010 by PC(USA) Environmental Ministries. The goal of the program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all of church life. The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that made that commitment, and encourages others to follow their lead.
For more information on the Earth Care Congregations program go to www.pcusa.org/earth-care-congregations.