Oregon Interfaith Power and Light (a project of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon) has been putting together the Earth Care Summit each year for the last six years. Subjects have ranged from Food and Faith, to Water and the Atmosphere, to Climate Change, and Environmental Justice. The seventh annual summit, focusing on our soil, is titled “Renewing Creation from the Ground Up,” and it will be held Sunday, January 31st, from 2pm to 7:30pm at the University of Portland’s Buckley Auditorium and Franz Hall.
The Keynote Speaker at this year’s Summit will be the Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley, a Keetoowah Cherokee, distinguished professor of faith and culture and director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox Seminary. The breakout sessions will include “Your Backyard & Beyond: Why, Where and How We Should Restore Nature” (organized by FUMC’s Jim Ruyle); “Nurturing Our Soil as We Nurture Our Bodies;” “Our Ground, Our Food: Young People Speak on Food, Climate and Place;” and many others.
On Saturday, January 30th, an optional Climate Arts presentation, featuring poet Kim Stafford and cellist and folksinger Anna Fritz, will be held at Buckley Auditorium, beginning at 8:00 pm.
The cost for the Summit, which is co-sponsored by Planet Church, is $35 (including dinner). If you would like to sit at our table, please send—or drop off—your registration at the church office (or at a Planet Church table in the Commons). If you would like attend the program and dinner, but are uncomfortable affording the $35 price, we can arrange low-or no-cost seating. (Register as above, and we will be happy to arrange for seating at our table.) Another option would be to attend the Earth Care Summit program only for $15. Program-only registration is available at the Ecumenical Ministries website.
You can also register for the optional Saturday evening Climate Arts event ($13) at the EMO website.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or see us in Collins Hall.
This will be a weekend of faith, fun and seriousness, focusing on our obligation to care for creation. We hope to see many of you there!