Theme for 2016
Bread in the Wilderness:
Summer Seminar on Food, Faith, and Ecological Well-Being
“Can God spread a table in the wilderness?” (Psalm 78:19) During the morning lecture presentations, Bill Brown will discuss biblical texts that convey the wonder and surprise of God’s work in creation, from Genesis to the Psalms to Revelation. It is no coincidence that Scripture is bookended by creation: “the heavens and the earth” in Genesis 1 and the “new heavens and new earth” in Revelation 21-22. And what happens in between is no less cosmic! God’s story is also creation’s story. Creation is no mere setting for God’s saving work; creation is a character in partnership with God. Every morning we will explore the character of creation in the Bible, creation’s voice, its praise and lament, creation’s provision and abundance, creation’s wounds and renewal, and how you and I can join in God’s work for creation. In the afternoons we will explore, through three workshops, how these ideas can be put into practice.