Cost is $20 for adults; $12 for youth (12 and up) and college and graduate students. Child care for ages 0-5 is available for $5/child (see Registration for more details). Registration deadline: Oct. 11 at Noon. Register for child care by Oct. 4. See a detailed description of conference below!!
Here are some hi-lights:
-- Tour of Vanderbilt Arboretum at 7:30 a.m. (meet in the West End United Methodist Church parking lot). Steve Baskauf of the Vanderbilt Biological Sciences department will lead a historical/ecological tour of this 100+ year-old arboretum. Who knows? Maybe even see some migrating birds!
-- Keynote speaker Rev. Fletcher Harper. Rev. Harper is an Episcopal priest and Executive Director of GreenFaith. The title of his talk is: "I Believe Three Things: Core Values Connecting Religion and the Environment." He is the author an excellent book: Green Faith, Mobilizing God's People to Save the Earth. Several of us have heard him speak. He is an inspiring speaker.
-- Workshops. A series of workshops will be offered by knowledgeable leaders focusing on: (1) Practical steps that local houses of worship can take to be better caretakers of the earth. (2) Educational and worship resources that can be used in a variety of faith settings. (3) Advocacy strategies for shaping public policy. (4) Models and strategies for integrating earth care into the life of your house of worship, including ways to have non-polarizing conversations about earth care based on shared values:
Workshop titles Include:
-- "Reducing Your House of Worship's Energy Use While Saving Money for Ministry"
-- "Is Solar Power Right for Your House Of Worship?"
-- "Earth Care Education Resources for Children"
-- "Current Public Policy Earth Care Issues"
-- "Effective Communication about Earth Care with a Resistant Audience"
-- "Earth-friendly Land Care & Gardening at Your House of Worship"
-- "Earth Care Education and Worship Resources for Adults"
-- "Earth Care as a Justice Issue"
-- "Models for Starting or Strengthening a Sustainable Earth Care Ministry"
-- "Reducing Waste in Your House of Worship: Community Meals; Recycling; Composting; Purchasing; etc."
-- "Teaching Climate Change in Your House of Worship"
-- "Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light: Action Plan for 2018"
-- Possibly: "Plants for Birds at Your House Of Worship"
-- A Delicious Lunch. Lunch will be provided by Barley to Rise. Chef Gairdt Edwards has a great reputation. Vegetarian, Vegan, and gluten-free options available with registration.
-- Closing Interfaith Worship. The day will end with a short (1/2 hour) interfaith service of thanksgiving, confession, commitment, and celebration.
It is going to be a great day, as we continue to build the interfaith movement for earth care in Tennessee!!