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Sabbath Economics and Watershed Discipleship Course

June 16 - 20Warren Wilson College


June 16-20, 2014
Warren Wilson College | Swannanoa, NC

sponsored by the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative
with support from Kalleiopeia Foundation 

The interlocking crises of deepening climate change, resource exhaustion, and social disparity are stalking our history.  To truly face these crises is to commit ourselves, as Christians and citizens, to radical and urgent changes that are both profoundly political and personal.  The “Transition Movement” is shorthand for perceptions and practices that center on ecological and economic resiliency, restoration, and renewal.  What might a Transition Church look like in the coming decade? What does Christian discipleship have to do with  our local watershed, our farms and gardens, and the ecosystems on which all life depends? Using the witness of the biblical writers as our guide, this course will consider these questions over the span of five days.

The course will combine classroom learning, worship, eating together, and hands-on learning. Morning sessions will be led by renowned biblical scholar and activist Ched Meyers, 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.  

To learn more about the idea of Watershed Discipleship and Ched Myer’s work, visit http://watersheddiscipleship.org/.


Who This Course Is For

Pastors, non-profit leaders, faith-based activists, gardeners and farmers, and anyone interested in the intersection of Christian spirituality, ecological restoration, and redemptive agriculture are encouraged to register.

Registration is limited to 35 people.


To Stand Against the Storm, We Must Stand Somewhere:
Discipleship and Climate Change

This course will overlap with a conference June 16 on faith and climate change. Details and times will be added to the event course page periodically. There will be workshops and networking opportunities. Ched Myers will give the keynote. The conference will take place at WWC Presbyterian Church, on the campus of Warren Wilson College. This conference is a collaborative effort between the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative and Western NC Alliance’s Green Congregations, and will be the perfect beginning to this five-day course.


>> Registration is closed.


For questions about the course, contact Fred Bahnson, bahnsoff@wfu.edu or 828.553.3564.  


Contact Information

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