The first ever Redeeming Creation Conference is just a few weeks away, and I hope you’re as excited about it as I am. But, truth be told, it seems like a lot of hours to sit in front of your computer on a Saturday. With many of us still working from home or virtual offices, maybe the idea of spending 9:00-4:00 of a Saturday on a Zoom call is just too much.
Well, the good news is you don’t have to!
Redeeming Creation features four sessions this year, and each session will be recorded and sent out to all registrants after the event is over. Even if you can’t make all the sessions on the day of, you’ll still have access to them all, to watch at your leisure.
The first session is with Dr. Jerusha Neal, from 9:00-10:15[*]. Dr. Neal will be sharing from her experience and expertise on how to preach, teach and speak about creation in our churches. In a time when so many issues have us divided along political lines, we must be able to talk about important issues as Christians, from a biblical point of view.
The second session of the day is a Bible study with Dr. Ellen Davis, from 10:30-11:45. Dr. Davis is one of the world’s leading Old Testament scholars, and will lead us through Genesis chapters 1 and 6, to help us understand God’s intentions for creation, and the results of our failures to meet those intentions.
After a lunch break, Jarred White and Michelle Osborne of Rural Advancement Foundation, International, will share with us the connection between land stewardship and racial justice. Our food and economic systems are tied to land access, which has historically been used in discriminatory ways. What can people of faith do about this injustice? This session will last from 1:00 to 2:15.
We’ll wrap up our day with a panel discussion on the disconnect between faith and science, from 2:30-3:45. The NCCUMC Creation Care Committee is composed of a group of clergy and laity alike who feel deeply in their faith that God wants us to be better stewards of creation. Many of these committee members have years of experience working in the scientific fields, including energy production, environmental engineering, and climate change mitigation. They are happy to share with us how science doesn’t detract from their faith, but enhances it.
I hope you’ll join me on May 15 for Redeeming Creation, even if you can’t be there the whole time.
To register, just fill out the form below. (Please note: upon completion of this form you’ll receive a Zoom link. You must also register through that Zoom link to get access to the webinars on the day of the conference.)
[*] All times are Eastern Time Zone.