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Sabbath Economics and Watershed Discipleship: A Theology and a Practice for a New Day
June 17, 2014 @ 8:00 am - June 20, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
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 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.
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.