Rooted and Grounded:
A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship

September 18-20, 2014

Hosted by Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana

Many people are becoming increasingly aware of the intimate connection between the environmental crisis and humanity’s detachment from the land. Many are perceiving the profound link between the (un)health of the land and the inner disorder of our Western society. As God’s people, the church must imagine and embody an alternative that cultivates shalom between individuals, within and between communities, between humans and the rest of creation, and with God.

This conference is one way we will engage in a theology that cares for God’s creation, for the land and all that lives on it. We invite pastors, scholars, creation care advocates and practitioners to join the discussion.

Read more about plans for Rooted and Grounded in the news release announcing the call for papers.

Conference keynote speakers

Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C., and author of Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2008), among many other important works.

S. Roy Kaufman, retired Mennonite pastor and author of Healing God’s Earth: Rural Community in the Context of Urban Civilization (Wipf and Stock, 2013).

Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Her publications include The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation (Basic Books, 2004) and articles and book chapters on the Apocalypse and ecology.

Registration fees

Standard conference registration rate is $100. Students may register at $50. Faculty and administrators of SSA-member institutions are eligible for a reduced registration rate of $50, and students of SSA-member institutions may register for $25, courtesy of the Seminary Stewardship Alliance.Visit the scholarships area for more details. Register online.

Contact

Please send questions to the conference committee at [email protected]

Cosponsors

Along with AMBS, these two organizations are cooperating in this event:

Local supporters

The following organizations are supplying food either as a donation or at cost or as a donation:

Register

Online registration for Rooted and Grounded is open.

Workshops and papers

Download a complete list of workshop and paper presentations, including descriptions. (PDFUpdated 8/25).

Schedule

Get an overview of the workshops, plenary sessions and meal times. An expanded schedule is also available for download (PDF).

Immersion experiences

On Friday afternoon, conference attendees will have the option of visiting one of ten local sites. Find out more about each location.

Housing and transportation

Get details about on- and off-campus housing and options for air and rail transportation.

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships toward the conference registration fee is available for Seminary Stewardship Alliance member schools. Find out more.