Rooted and Grounded:
A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship

Sept. 27–29, 2018

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana

As God’s people, the church is called to imagine and embody alternative ways of relating to the land that cultivate shalom among human beings, the rest of creation and God. To do this, we must be deeply rooted in the biblical text and engaged with present-day movements to protect the land and its resources. AMBS is pleased to announce the fourth conference, building on prior events.

2018 Keynote speakers

  • Valerie Bridgeman, Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School in Ohio
  • Karenna Gore, founder of the Center for Earth Ethics at Yale Divinity School

Co-sponsors include The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions and Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College.

What to expect

The three days will weave together worship, theology, biblical study and praxis. In addition to keynote presentations, papers and workshops, participants will join in several worship services. An afternoon of immersion experiences will give participants opportunities to explore conservation and restoration efforts in the region.

The AMBS campus, with areas of native grass and wildflowers, rain gardens, a prayer labyrinth and a walking path, will provide opportunities for learning, recreation and meditation.

Conference registration

Registration forthcoming. Rates: $100/regular; $35/day; $25/student

If three or more undergraduate students register from the same college or university, their registration is free. 


Information on workshops, immersion experiences and other details forthcoming.