Rooted and Grounded:
A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship

Sept. 27–29, 2018

Students pray in the prairie grasses near the AMBS library. Credit: Peter RingenbergAs 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.

The event is being planned for practitioners of creation care from scholars and food justice activists to urban gardeners and environmental justice practitioners to farmers and church members.

2018 keynote speakers

  • Thursday, Sept. 27: Karenna Gore (at left, below), founder of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, New York
  • Friday, Sept. 28: Valerie Bridgeman (center, below), Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio
  • Saturday, Sept. 29: Randy Woodley (at right, below), Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture at Portland (Oregon) Seminary

Schedule overview

Thursday, Sept. 27: Lunch presentation, afternoon papers and workshops, late afternoon networking time, evening worship and keynote by Karenna Gore

Friday, Sept. 28: Morning papers and workshops, chapel, afternoon immersion experiences (exploring regional efforts), evening worship and keynote by Valerie Bridgeman

Saturday, Sept. 29: Keynote by Randy Woodley, workshops, closing conversations, ending at noon

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Conference location

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.

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.

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Registration

Register online for Rooted and Grounded. Registration rates include lunches.

Regular rates: $110 entire conference; $40 for Thursday or Friday; $30 for Saturday only;
Student rates: $35 entire conference; $15 for Thursday or Friday only; $5 for Saturday only.

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

Paper proposals

Paper and workshop proposals will be accepted until July 1. 
Download the call for papers

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Visit the Rooted and Grounded Facebook page to like, share, and invite others to the event!

Co-sponsors

The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions and Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, Goshen College

Contact us

For more information, email [email protected]