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The Good Earth: Creation and Ministry in an Ecological Age

Conference flier: SLC 2015 flyer 050915
Jump to conference info,  or  go to blog post to watch videos of the plenary speakers.

PA IPL will have a table on Monday and Tuesday — drop by and see us, or send news and photos of your most recent climate-response work for us to share with others!

Some parts of this conference are FREE, and there is a buy-two-get-one-FREE discount for registrants from the same congregation.  Attend all or part, but PLEASE REGISTER (for the sanity of the organizers and food-preparers)

NOTE: This conference by the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary department of Continuing Education was designed for pulpit clergy in mainline Protestant churches, but it is absolutely open to all — lay leaders, public, people from all faith traditions are welcome.  Attend and listen for the deep echoes from the scripture, wisdom, and practices of your own tradition and then SHARE SHARE SHARE with us!

The Good Earth:
Creation and Ministry in an Ecological Age


Fred Bahnson is director of the Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He is the author of Soil & Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith (watch Fred’s TED x Manhattan talk) and (with Norman Wirzba) Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation. He holds a masters in theological studies from Duke Divinity School. After being drawn to the agrarian life while serving as a peaceworker among Mayan coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, he returned to the U.S. and in 2005 co-founded Anathoth Community Garden, a church-supported agriculture ministry in Cedar Grove, NC which he then directed until 2009.

Norman Wirzba is professor of theology, ecology, and rural life at Duke Divinity School. (Watch an interview with Norman at Duke University on Food and Faith). He pursues research and teaching interests at the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies. His work focuses on understanding and promoting practices that can equip both rural and urban church communities to be more faithful and responsible members of creation. Current research is centered on a recovery of the doctrine of creation and a restatement of humanity in terms of its creaturely life. Professor Wirzba has published several books; his most recent are Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating and (with Fred Bahnson) Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation. He is co-founder and executive committee member of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology.


Full Conference Fee (includes all events except the Farm to Table Banquet): $150

Individual Event Rates:

  • Sunday Only: $10 • Farm to Table Banquet on Monday evening (optional): $30
  • Monday, Tuesday, OR Wednesday: $75 / day
  • Tuesday Movie Night, The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year
  • Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson: $10 donation

More information: ConEd@pts.edu ~ 412-924-1345