In these times when hope and a new vision for our relationship with creation and culture is so needed, the Presbyterians for Earth Care (PEC) is holding “God’s Earth: Too Big to Fail? An Eco-Justice Conversation Among Faith, Science and Culture.” The conference is being held from August 31 – September 3, 2011 at Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center nestled high among the aspen and pines of the majestic Rocky Mountains near Rocky Mountain National Park.
The conference will be star-studded not only with incredible leadership, but with special conference activities, and Creation’s natural starry blanket at night. Keynote speakers include Dr. William Brown, author of The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science and the Ecology of Wonder; Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, senior scientist at the Pesticide Action Network; Carol Raffenspurger, Executive Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network; Dr. Tyrone Hayes, Professor with UC Berkeley’s Integrative Biology Department; Dr. Holmes Rolston III, environmental ethics scholar; Dr. John E. Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri Columbia. Workshop leadership from the Presbyterian Church, USA, staff includes Bill Somplatsky-Jarmon, Andrew Kang-Bartlett, and Katie Holmes (from the Peace, Compassion and Justice Office). Learn how to become an Earth Care Congregation with Katie and PEC Steering Committee member, Jane Laping (who created the project). You will be spellbound with Tevyn East of The Affording Hope Project, the Conference Creative Artist in her performance of Leaps & Bounds on Thursday morning. Your heart and soul will be filled with Tevyn’s leadership as well as with other worship offerings. Rev. Stacy Smith, who spent significant time in the Iona Community, will be our music leader.
During the conference there will be opportunities for optional activities. One is a nature trail hike with two world class birders and another will be about wildflowers. Another opportunity is with the greatest living expert on Longs Peak, the tallest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, who will share a “sit-down’ program.
There will also be a rare opportunity during a PRE-CONFERENCE TRIP/TOUR to visit three world class environmental laboratories. These include the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Boulder Laboratories Cost is $50 per participant, including transportation, guided tours and the box lunch. The registration deadline is August 10th.
Registration for the entire conference $150 (plus room and board) until August 1. Add $25 after August 1. Registration ends August 15. Get all the latest info on the conference on the “Too Big to Fail” or Presbyterians for Earth Care blog at http://toobigtoofail.wordpress.com/.