Scholars, ecologists, religious leaders and theologians from eight states are gathering on the campus of Methodist Theological School in Ohio for the Seminary Hill Colloquy April 5 and 6.
Food security, sustainability, climate change and alternative market economies are among the topics that will be covered. In addition, the group is touring MTSO’s Seminary Hill Farm and attending a Theological Commons lecture by Brian Snyder, executive director of the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation at Ohio State University, titled “Agricultural Sustainability, Food Security and Spirituality – a Necessary Alignment.”
The colloquy participants are:
Among the questions the colloquy will engage are:
“With this gathering, we’re seeking insights and new practices moving toward sustainable justice in each of our institutions, in higher education, and our particular bio-regions,” said MTSO Associate Professor Timothy Van Meter, who organized the colloquy. “We’ll continue to invite wider circles of discussion among peers, activists, farmers and others who are interested in contributing to this network.”
Following the colloquy, a number of participants are staying at MTSO to participate in Listening Circles for Communal Life April 7 and 8. Facilitated by Melanie Harris and Jennifer Harvey, the retreat experience brings together African-American and white faith communities to connect with each other's stories and the desire for racial healing and enhancing our shared commitment to a deep connection with Earth and all of God's creatures. MTSO is presenting Listening Circles in partnership with Ohio Interfaith Power and Light.
See a gallery of photos from the Seminary Hill Colloquy on MTSO's Facebook page.
Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just and sustainable world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.
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Danny Russell, communications director