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Schedule

Monday, June 16   
12:00 – 1:00pm Check In and Lunch on Your Own Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church
1:00 – 8:00pm Opening Conference: “To Stand Against the Storm, We Must Stand Somewhere: Discipleship and Climate Change” Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church
Tuesday, June 17  
Morning with Ched Myers: We will begin by framing the issue in terms of a longstanding historic struggle between “Manna and Mammon” – that is, between the ancient biblical version of Sabbath Economics (a cosmology of grace and an ethos of self-limitation and mutual aid) and the human propensity to extract, exploit, and exhaust the Commonwealth of nature.  
Afternoon “Regenerative Design, Restorative Action: Garden Based Strategies for Healing Our World” with Chuck Marsh: This session covers basic permaculture design and related horticultural strategies that we can use to cultivate abundance in the landscapes we inhabit and the places we live.  We can literally design and grow our way home again, learning to meet our fundamental human needs while building a food and energy secure future for those to come.  
Evening Local award-winning filmmaker Jeremy Seifert will do an advanced screening of his new film GMO-OMG and talk about his work.  
  Film Synopsis: What’s on your plate? Filmmaker and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how they affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice. His journey takes him to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and even the front door of agri-giant Monsanto, the largest provider of GMOs in the United States, as he poses perhaps the ultimate question about what we eat: is it still possible to reject our current food system, or have we already lost something we can’t get back? GMO OMG is a timely, informative, entertaining, and ultimately insightful documentary about the question that’s a growing concern to citizens around the world: who controls the future of our food?  
Wednesday, June 18  
Morning with Ched Myers: We’ll next look at Luke 12, in which Jesus “redirects our attention” to the catechism of what Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson call “the Great Economy.”  We’ll examine the epidemic anxiety, alienation, and addiction that characterizes modern industrial society, then focus in particular on the pathology of placelessness that underlies our contemporary ecological endgame.   
Afternoon  Sabbath Time on Your Own: a chance to explore downtown Asheville, take a hike, rest, or read.  
Evening Reading and Discussion with Fred Bahnson: Drawing on his book Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith, Bahnson will share stories from his travels among Trappist monks, Pentecostal coffee roasters, communal food gardeners, and Jewish organic farmers – people for whom prayer and potlucks, life and liturgy are part of the same vibrant, luminescent whole.   
Thursday, June 19  
Morning with Ched Myers: We’ll introduce a theology and practices of “re-place-ment” through the lens of the growing “watershed discipleship” movement.  We’ll look at why and how watershed-focused, re-inhabitory economic, political, and ecclesial strategies can help us move from abstract despair to grounded literacy and engagement for Transition.  This will include a look at the relationship between ancient wilderness prophecy and modern permaculture design. Ched will be joined by Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, who will talk about the Moral Monday movement as part of bioregional justice-seeking  
Afternoon Permaculture talk and site visit with Chuck Marsh. Location TBD.  
Evening Concluding outdoor dinner in the Garden Cabin overlooking Warren Wilson Colleges’s beautiful organic vegetable garden. The dinner will conclude with a celebration of the Lord’s Supper followed by a concert by Charles Pettee and the FolkPsalm Trio. Prior to and during dinner, liturgist Dr. Jill Crainshaw will guide the group in reflection and practices on combining the themes of the course with Christian liturgical practice.  
Friday, June 20  
Morning with Ched Myers: Finally, we’ll focus on the social justice vision of Isaiah 5, and Watershed Discipleship as Beloved Community.  How do we restore relationships with peoples of place, and practice real solidarity with marginalized communities of all species?  Our conversation partners will include guests from the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro. Ched will be joined by Rev. Eduard Loring, who will talk about solidarity with the marginalized as part of watershed discipleship.  
Afternoon Lunch and Departures