Methodist Theological School in Ohio will observe Earth Day two days early with a faculty lecture by Timothy Van Meter, MTSO associate professor of Christian education and youth ministry. The lecture, “Millennial Dreaming: Cultivating Hope and Ecological Vision,” begins at 1 p.m. April 20 in the Alford Centrum on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware. It is free and open to the public.
Immediately following the lecture, all those in attendance are invited to gather for the ceremonial planting of fruit trees at Seminary Hill Farm, the USDA-certified organic farm on the MTSO campus. Those who wish are welcome to help in the planting. The fruit trees are a gift of the graduating class of 2015.
The lecture will be preceded by a noon lunch in Dunn Dining Hall, featuring fresh, locally sourced food, including produce from Seminary Hill Farm. The price of the lunch is $5.
Van Meter is the author of the 2012 book Created in Delight: Youth, Church, and the Mending of the World, which outlines an approach to youth ministry that puts humans’ relationship with all of creation front and center. His April 20 lecture is inspired by scientists’ call for faith communities to join them in the work of building communal responses to climate change and other ecological challenges. He will explore how theological education and faith communities might respond to this invitation by recreating our common life in the midst of ecological disruptions.
The lecture is presented by the Theological Commons at MTSO, which promotes the sharing of knowledge and experience between students, faculty, clergy and the public for the benefit of all participants and those they serve.
Methodist Theological School in Ohio prepares leaders of many faith traditions for lives of lasting significance in service to the church and the world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling ministries, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.
Danny Russell, director of communications