Ecotheology Travel Seminar

GBHEM has the responsibility of providing greater awareness of global ecological crises in clergy education and training (Section 1023, Book of Resolution, 2012). As a part of this initiative, the Office of Clergy Lifelong Learning co-hosted an Ecotheology Travel Seminar to Peru to remind clergy about their responsibility to care for God's creation. The seminar is one of many training tools for the church’s focus on environmental issues. Each month, we will feature the clergy’s reflections on the interrelationships between spirituality, nature, stewardship of creation and the church’s responsibility in regards to the environmental concerns. Learn more about the Ecotheology Travel Seminar

Ecotheology Blog Posts

Posted on: February 20, 2017

Rev. Dr. Sharon G. Austin
Director of Connectional Ministries and Justice Ministries, Florida Annual Conference

First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. Unfathomable, the biblical account of the creation. Unbelievable, the ecotheology trip to Peru. The word of God as I interpret it and the particular appreciation that I derive from the above-referenced Genesis text through the message translation, conjures an image in my mind of all life on earth through ‘birthing.’

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Posted on: February 20, 2017

Rev. Greg McGonigle
University Chaplain, Tufts University

I applied to participate in the United Methodist Church GBHEM Ecotheology Travel Seminar to Peru in Fall 2016 because ecotheology is not an area that I had studied in depth before, but I know the profound importance of ecology to addressing the contemporary plight of our planet, and, as a university chaplain, I feel I have a responsibility to help our campus community address the spiritual and ethical aspects of today’s environmental crisis.

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