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A Forum on Climate and Faith

1:00pm - 8:00pmWarren Wilson College Chapel


To Stand Against the Storm, We Must Stand Somewhere:
A Forum on Climate and Faith

June 16, 2014  |  1:00 – 8:00pm  |  Warren Wilson College Chapel
sponsored by the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative at WFU School of Divinity, WNC Alliance and WNC Green Congregations, NC Interfaith Power & Light, and host congregation Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church

Given the realities of climate change, what unique role can faith communities play in North Carolina? In this 1/2 day workshop on June 16th, join us as we learn from local and national leaders on a wide array of topics related to faith and climate. This solutions-oriented gathering will explore not only what challenges we face with climate change, but also the unique role faith communities have to play in finding creative solutions. Tired of another guilt-tripping environmental workshop that bums you out and leaves you feeling overwhelmed? This one is different. Join us as we focus on theological reflection, ecological resilience, and that much-neglected biblical virtue of hope. Our evening keynote will be given by biblical scholar and activist Ched Myers. For more on Ched, click here.

This forum is free.

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Note: If you register for the 5-day Sabbath Economics and Watershed Discipleship course, you will be automatically registered for the forum on June 16.

Tentative Schedule

1:00 – 1:30pm Welcome
1:30 – 4:00pm Workshops (2 tracks, 1 hour each)*
4:00 – 5:30pm Outings: We will offer three options.
  Forest Garden Tour at Warren Wilson’s Permaculture Garden
  Birding Walk Along the River
  Prayer Labyrinth Walk
5:30 – 7:00pm Dinner/Fellowship (local BBQ and vegetarian options)
7:00 – 8:00pm Keynote with Ched Myers (open to the public)

*We will feature two workshop sessions with three offerings each time. Titles include:

  • Climate 101 (including regional impacts)
  • Climate, Scripture, & Theology (including justice emphasis)
  • Climate Hope, Solutions, & Action
  • Climate, Food, and Faith
  • Climate and Congregational Life
  • Being a Good Witness: Climate Advocacy

If you want to go deeper into these issues, we encourage you to sign up for the course linked to this forum, from June 17-20 with Ched Myers and others in Swannanoa. “Sabbath Economics and Watershed Discipleship” will combine classroom learning, worship, eating together, and hands-on learning. Morning sessions will be led by renowned biblical scholar and activist Ched Myers, who will focus on “watershed discipleship” as a guiding metaphor and theological frame of reference.  Afternoons will feature outdoor experiential education in local food gardens. Each day will be bookended with a short service of Psalms, music, and silent prayer (Lauds and Vespers) as a contemplative frame to begin and end our days together. Find out more.


Contact Information

Fred Bahnson | Director, Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative