Dear Co-Caregivers of Creation,
The Presbyterians for Earth Care Conference Planning Team has been hard at work for months preparing for our 2013 conference, “Ethical Earth Care: Keeping Creation Sacred,” October 16-19, 2013. Please put this on your calendars and highlight in green!
We are thrilled about our conference leadership, including both major presenters and workshop leaders. Our keynoter and ethicist is Larry Rasmussen, ThD, who is Reinhold Niebuhr Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including – just printed – Earth Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key. In this very meaningfully written resource, Larry argues that our spiritual and ecological ethic must be one which includes the well-being of all creation including our primal elements of earth, air, water, and fire.
We are also excited to announce that the Rev. Neddy Astudillo, eco-theologian will be our worship leader and the Rev. Bryan McFarland, singer and social justice songwriter, will bring musical leadership. Both are Presbyterian pastors and are passionate about earth care and related social justice.
A pre-conference educational tour is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16 and includes a tour of Heifer International Headquarters and the Clinton Library. Both represent a commitment to sustainability. On Friday there will be an opportunity to visit Heifer Ranch as well!
The conference will be held at Ferncliff Camp and Conference center in Little Rock, Arkansas, a beautiful 1200-acres site with a number of wonderfully sustainable features, which promises to be an excellent place for our gathering. Do check out Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center’s website at www.ferncliff.org!
An official conference brochure will be available early in 2013 with information on how to register. We are looking forward to seeing you at the conference! It will be deeply enriching with LOTS of information on how to go back to your church and community prepared to be a passionate advocate for our Sacred Earth.
Yours in Sacred Living,
Presbyterians for Earth Care