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.
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.
Please send questions to the conference committee at [email protected]
Along with AMBS, these two organizations are cooperating in this event:
- Blessed Earth’s Seminary Stewardship Alliance
- Institute for Ecological Regeneration of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center
Online registration for Rooted and Grounded is open.
Call for papers
The planning committee invites paper presentation and/or workshop proposals on the biblical and theological place of land in Christian life and theology. The submission deadline is June 1.
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
A limited number of scholarships toward the conference registration fee is available for Seminary Stewardship Alliance member schools. Find out more.