By way of introducing the “Just Creation” gathering’s final keynoter, Dr. Tink Tinker, Dr. Mark Douglas of Columbia Theological Seminary said Saturday that the best conferences “deepen what I know and disrupt what I know.”
Tinker, an American Indian and citizen of Osage Nation and a professor emeritus at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, told conference-goers he is “somebody who is working very hard to decolonize my own mind and to speak out of a worldview distinctly different from the Euro-Christian worldview.”
After a panel assembled for the “Just Creation” conference put on by Columbia Theological Seminary and many partners took on the topic of the planet we inhabit on Friday, a second panel was asked later that day to speak about water.
Heather McTeer Toney, Vice President for Community Engagement with the Environmental Defense Fund, opened the Just Creation conference at Columbia Theological Seminary Thursday by diving into Psalm 24:1-2, a favorite passage among those advocating for and working at Creation care: “The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it, for [God] has founded it on the seas and established it on the rivers.”
Speaking to a Presbyterians for Earth Care audience during a webinar last week, the Rev. Dr. Paul Galbreath was able to help viewers read biblical texts — especially those describing the events of Holy Week — from the perspective of the Earth.
A bill introduced Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives to prevent copper mining on a location sacred to several tribal nations in Arizona is being applauded by two Presbyterian pastors who have visited the Oak Flat site and met with tribal leaders there.
Following environmental concerns brought about by last month’s train derailment in Ohio, Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, is offering the national conference “Just Creation — Shalom for Our Common Home” March 16-18. The conference is available both in person and online.
A recent train derailment in northeastern Ohio traumatized some residents and exposed a subject that many people don’t think about from day to day: What hazardous chemicals are traveling through my community?