Registration has now opened for the 2020 EcoFaith Summit, Now the Green Blade Rises: The Easter Gospel for the Whole Creation, taking place on Saturday, March 28, in Brainerd, Minnesota! Sponsored by the EcoFaith Network of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod ELCA, this EcoFaith Summit will be a gathering for the people of God not only in northeastern Minnesota but throughout the upper Midwest.
The theme for year’s EcoFaith Summit comes from the hymn, Now the Green Blade Rises, (ELW #379), which portrays the Resurrection in the earthy language of buried grain rising as the first green glances of growth pointing up through the soil. As we’ve been planning the Summit, we sense that the haunting melody of this Easter hymn could be the church’s song of Resurrection in and for a wounded creation today.
Green blades of a grassroots movement for the care and healing of creation are rising all around us! Last spring, 110 people from five of the six Minnesota Synods as well as from other church bodies participated in the 2019 EcoFaith Summit, Creation, Church, and You: Earthkeeping Practically Speaking. In the Fall of 2019, 120 people from 45 congregations participated in conference gatherings on creation caring throughout the Northeastern Minnesota Synod. Congregation creation care ministries are springing up all over. People are asking, what can our congregation be doing?
At the same time, another grassroots movement is taking place. Young leaders are raising their voices to address the accelerating climate change which they believe is posing a threat to their own future and the earth’s delicate balance. What is motivating these young people in our churches and our communities to address climate change? They have a story to tell, and we want to hear it!
Here is what you can look forward to on Saturday, March 28:
+ Worship celebrating Easter for the whole creation, with a Summit Choir performing an original hymn and leading an expanded version of Now the Green Blade Rises!
+ Young activists sharing what personally motivates them to address climate change, and how the rest of us might support them!
+ Breakout sessions for worship and grassroots action in your congregation and community + How to start or strengthen your creation care team + How to have conversations about important yet sensitive environmental issues + the human face of climate change + and much more!
+ Networking time for congregation creation care teams + church gardeners + faith formation leaders + green energy initiators + musicians + preachers + public policy advocates + young leaders + and more!
+ Opportunity to share your story of ‘green blades rising’ in your congregation or community!
We invite you to share this invitation widely. You are, we are, among the green blades rising!
Pastor Kristin Foster and Pastor David Carlson
Co-Chairpersons, EcoFaith Network Leadership Team, NE MN Synod ELCA
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