Thursday, January 24, 2013

Don't forget: PEC's 2013 Conference is coming up!

Dear fellow Earth caretakers,
Join us for "Ethical Earth Care: Keeping Creation Sacred", the 2013 Presbyterians for Earth Care Conference to be held October 16-19, 2013!
Presbyterians for Earth Care invites you to share October 16-19 with an amazing leadership team to reflect deeply on Creation care and how we can protect God's Earth.  We have an exciting leadership team to guide and challenge us. This includes keynoter and ethicist Larry Rasmussen, ThD, Reinhold Niebuhr Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City. Larry will share how our spiritual and ecological ethic must include the well-being of all creation including our primal elements of earth, air, water, and fire. The Rev. Neddy Astudillo, eco-theologian, will be our worship leader and the Rev. Bryan McFadden, singer and songwriter, will be the conference music leader. 
There are multiple excellent workshops lined up as well! Leaders include Rebecca Barnes-Davies, Associate for Environmental Ministries, PC(USA), Andrew Kang-Bartlett, Associate for National Hunger Concerns PC(USA) and Leslie Woods, Associate for Domestic Poverty and Environmental Issues, Office of Public Witness, PC(USA). Nancy Corson-Carter, previous moderator of PEC, will share "Contemplating our Holy Center". Abby Mohaupt, Pastoral Resident, First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto will lead with Rebecca and Neddy a workshop on Eco-Spiritual worship planning. Stan Adamson (Pastor of St. Andrew Presbyterian in Boulder) and Bryan are leading a workshop on Celtic music and worship. Katie Preston, Tom Pakurar, John Preston and others will share on urgent topics related to mountain top removal, fracking, uranium mining and much more!

A pre-conference educational tour is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16 and includes a tour of Heifer International Headquarters and the Clinton Library.  Both organizations hold a commitment to sustainability. On Friday there will be an opportunity to visit Heifer Ranch as well as a special optional field trip.

The conference will be held at Ferncliff Camp and Conference center in Little Rock, Arkansas, a beautiful 1200-acre 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!

Registration information for the conference will be available in March, so please stay tuned and spread the word!
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 engage more fully in sustainable and sacred Earth Care.

 Diane Waddell
 Presbyterians for Earth Care

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