Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2013 PEC Conference Will Be in the Natural State! Save the Dates: Oct. 16-19 2013

By Ann Owen

'Tis the summer season, and what better way to celebrate it than by making plans to be a part of the 2013 Presbyterians for Earth Care Conference October 16-19? And what better place to recharge your green batteries than at the beautiful 1200-acre Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center (www.ferncliff.org) in Little Rock, Arkansas!

Just to give you an idea about some of the creation care activities and places you might experience while at this amazingly green retreat, the Conference Planning Team has compiled a list of 10 Compelling Reasons you should reserve a spot for this conference on your calendar now!
  1. Solar power -- Multiple solar initiatives onsite 
  2. Solar Under the Sun -- Synod-level mission Solar School 
  3. Camp Garden -- Raised beds, livestock, greenhouse, fruit, education 
  4. Composting, Recycling and Upcycling 
  5. Heifer International Headquarters and Heifer Ranch 
  6. Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) and AmeriCorps 
  7. Eco-Youth Center -- Straw bale, off-the-grid housing for low-carbon retreat 
  8. Clinton Presidential Center 
  9. Collaborative Greening -- Partnerships with churches and organizations 
  10. Disaster Assistance Center and PDA's National Call Center at Ferncliff
Stay tuned for additional information on these items -- and much more! Until then you can read more about Ferncliff's commitment to creation care in Rebecca Barnes-Davies’ blog Eco-Justice Journey*

If you've not been to a PEC conference before, check out the 2011 gathering: God's Earth: Too Big to Fail? An Eco-Justice Conversation Among Faith, Science and Culture at http://presbyearthcare.org/ conferences.html.

Ann Owen serves as the Southwest Regional Representative for Presbyterians for Earth Care. She is active at Second Presbyterian Church of Little Rock, one of the first churches to obtain the PC (USA) Earth Care Congregation certification. Ann founded the Environmental Stewardship group at Second and chaired it for three years.

*(http://www.pcusa.org/blogs/eco-journey/2012/1/24/camps-and-conference-centers-caring-gods-creation /).

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