A Christian Response to Creation Care in Cascadia
November 11, 2017
Bethany Community Church, Seattle WA
What does Christian theology tell us about the environment? Are we to subdue it? Dominate it? Or are we to live harmoniously with it? What is the relationship between environmentalism and justice, particularly for the poorest among us?
Why does Cascadia care at all? For an area that traditionally lacks an overt moral tradition, why do we believe so strongly that taking care of the environment is the right thing to do?
By most accounts, we’re headed towards an environmental crisis on a scale for which we are not prepared. Cascadia, lost among its behemoth mountains, its trees as tall as buildings, and its waters clear as diamonds, sometimes hides this reality from us. But other times, the sheer environmental magnitude here provides a powerful motivator for us to remember that the environment is important. And that sense of importance, that sense of jaw-dropping beauty, is transcendent. It points beyond itself. God cares about the environment. God created it, after all. And God gave it to us.
So, what now?
We invite you to join us November 11th for the EcoFaith conference. We’re bringing together a number of Cascadian voices to discuss these questions and more. The church here needs a robust theology of the environment. And we need to take that robust theology and act upon it.
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Date: November 11
9am – 5pm
Location: Bethany Community Church
Address: 8023 Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98103
We believe multiple voices create a wider space for conversation. We’ve invited a number of theologians to provide a framework; practitioners to explore how we embody our theories; and artists to imagine what could be.
Richard Dahlstrom is a pastor at Bethany Community Church in Seattle, and author of The Colors of Hope: Becoming People of Mercy, Justice, and Intimacy (churchbcc.org).
Charis Weathers serves as a Guide/Pastor at Echoes, an experimental Lutheran community in Bellingham, WA. Desiring more integration of faith and community life, Charis has worked in tandem with multiple environmental non-profits as an advocate and project developer. She has also produced creative, place-based liturgy and served as a local TEDx speaker.
Majora Carter is a leading urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems.
Francis Icasiano is first-generation Filipino and the former Managing Principal of Cascadia Consulting Group, an environmental consulting firm headquartered in Seattle.
Indie folk band from Seattle, performing original music inspired by the mysteries of God and life. Poor Clare’s music echoes the beauty of the Pacific Northwest: melodies that soar from the peaks of the mountains, lyrics exploring ocean depths, textures that rain from the clouds like a dream. Led by songwriter and performer, Lacey Brown, Poor Clare invites you along on a musical journey reflecting the beauty and pain of life.
Jordan seeks to embody these two words: Craftsman & Storyteller. A transplant to Seattle, Jordan previously spent almost a decade in the city of Chicago pastoring youth and young adults. In Chicago, his ministry and vocation became increasingly focused on the table as a physical place that draws humanity, creation, and the creator, together. Now feeling rooted in the PNW, Jordan and his wife, Melissa, co-own an eco-focused handmade furniture studio called, This Is Urban Made. He has recently completed a Masters in Theology from The Seattle School and continues to make, write, and speak about the table.
S C H E D U L E
9-10:15am – Plenary I – Creation & Fall – “Where are we?”
Music with Poor Clare
Richard Dahlstrom – Creation & Fall
Mary DeJong – Creation Stewarship vs. Creation Solidarity: How Our Posture Impacts Our Planet
Erica Grimm – Art Introduction
10:15-10:30 – Break
10:30 – 11:30 – Breakout I
Charis Weathers – Where the Rubber (Doesn’t) Hit the Road: Practicing Environmental Stewardship as Faith Leaders in Our Local Communities
Mary DeJong – Listening In-Place: Nurturing Connection to One Another Through the Natural World
11:30 – 1:00 – Lunch on your own
1:00 – 2:30 – Plenary II – Christ & Kingdom – “Now what?”
Richard Dahlstrom – Christ & Kingdom: A Liturgy of Encounter
Majora Carter – Greening the Ghetto
Panel: Justice is Broad – Land, People, and Poverty, with Francis Icasiano, Majora Carter, Corey Greaves, Hodan Hassan, & David Leong
2:30 – 3:30 – Breakout II
Erica Grimm – Stepping Out of Paradise
Corey Greaves – We Are the Land
3:30 – 4:40 – Plenary III – The Eschaton – “What could be?”
Richard Dahlstrom – Imagining What Could Be
Jordan Dowell – The World as Three Tables
Panel: Imagining Renewed Environments: Artists as Visionaries, with Erica Grimm, Lacey Brown, & Shannon Sigler