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GIBS/ CFC SECOND CREATION STEWARDSHIP
2014 SYMPOSIUM

   SPONSOR: GEORGE INSTITUTE FOR BIODIVERSITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

      Dr. Robert Y. George, President, Ph.No. 919-435-6582 E-Mail: georgeryt@cs.com

                                                  www.GIBSconservation.org

       CO-SPONSOR: HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH, WAKE FOREST,NC.

    Contact Person: Pastor Wayne Puls/Ms. Shannon Janosko, Parrish Adminstrator

         CO-SPONSOR: L. RUSS BUSH CENTER FOR FAITH AND CULTURE (CFC)

                       Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

                                       Contact Person: Dr. Ken Keathley, Director, CFC

 “FAITH-BASED APPROACH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP ETHICS

          FOR RESTORATION OF LAKE, RIVER AND MARINE ECOSYSTEMS:

          REFORMING NC LEGISLATIVE GOVERNANCE FOR EFFICIENCY”

Date: November 7-8 , 2014, Friday and Saturday.

              HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH , WAKE FOREST, NORTH CAROLINA

                                                 SYMPOSIUM AGENDA

                                     NOVEMBER 7-8, 2014

                                    FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

        Venue: Hope Lutheran Church – Adult Education Upper Level.

Nov. 7 – Friday,1 PM: Welcome to HLC & PRAYER- Pastor Wayne Puls,

Symposium Welcoming Remarks: Hon. Zachary Donahue, Mayor Pro Tem, Wake Forest, Dr. Ken Keathley (Director, CFC, SEBTS), Dr. Bob George (GIBS/HLC)

            THEME SESSION 1: PSALM 24: 1-2: EARTH IS THE LORD’S

                   Moderator: Dr. Ken Keathley, SEBTS

1.15 to 2.15 PM Keynote. 1:  Dr. Charles Arand,

                                            Concordia Seminary (Lutheran), St. Louis, MO.

                                             “Why Creation Matters?”

2.15 – 2.30   Discussion

2.30 to 3.00 COFFEE BREAK

THEME SESSION II: CREATION STEWARDSHIP

                                    Moderator Dr. Robert Y. George

3.00 to 4.00 PM          Keynote 2.: Dr. Mathew Sleeth: “Blessed Earth: The

                                    Biblical Case for Earth Stewardship”

4.00 to 4.30 PM                                 DISCUSSION

4.30 –4.45 PM  Award of Francis Schaeffer Cross/Medal to Dr. SLEETH

                              DAY 02: Nov. 8, 2014 Saturday

                 Theme Session # 2 CREATION STEWARDSHIP

    Moderator: Dr. Clarence Styron, Wildlife Education Center, OBX, NC

9.00 to 9.45 AM        Speaker:  Dr. Robert Y. George

            CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP: NORTH CAROLINA MODEL

9.45  to 10.00 AM             DISCUSSION

               Moderator: Pastor Bill Seaman, Hope Lutheran Church

10.00 to 10.45 AM Speaker # 3   Dr. Ellen Davis, Duke Divinity School  “Fountain of Life”

10.45 to 11.00 DISCUSSIONS

11.00 to 11.15 COFFEE BREAKS

 to 11.30  PM  HOPE LUTHERAN CREATION STEWARDSHIP

SMALL GROUP: GEORGE, OWEN, NUGENT AND REPAK

 Definition of Creation Stewardship
11.30 to Noon:  Dr. Benjamin Quinn: St. Augustine’s City of God Vs City

12.00 to 12.15 AM                    DISCUSSION

 AFTERNOON SESSION
Moderator: Dr. Robert Y. George

1.30 to 2.15 PM.  Keynote speaker # 4. Ms. Diane Reid, Division of Water Resources, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Government of North Carolina.

“Management of NC Rivers, Reservoirs and Lakes”

2.15 to 2.30 PM
DISCUSSION

 2.30. 00   — 4.30 PM       PANEL: Moderator Dr. Bob George:

  1. Role of Church in Creation Care – 2.30 to 3.30 PM – Panel leader – Dr. Mathew Sleeth,

                                          COFFEE BREAK

  1. Panel Leader – Dr. Charles Arand 3.45 to 4.15 PM (3) How Can Church seminary community help to develop a creation stewardship curriculum ? – 4.15 to 4.45 PM – Panel Leader – Ms. Dianne Reid NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources: How do we restored out impaired waters in NC lakes and rivers
  1. 4.45 to 5.00 PM  Concluding Remarks: Dr. Mathew Sleeth

Plans for 2015 Workshop:  Dr. Robert Y. Geo0rge

“Wake Forest Christian Church Community Reform Initiative”
and 2016 Creation Care symposium on “Theology of Place and Ecology of Space”

5.30 PM HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH – EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

1. Dr. Robert Y. George (GIBS/HLC)* , 2. Dr. Bruce Little (SEBTS**), 3. Ms. Nancy Repak (HLC)*, 4. Ms. Kim Nugent (HLC)*, 5. Mr. Mike Owens (HLC)*, 6.Ms. Christine Murphy (HLC) *,7. Mr. Walter Tucker (IMF)***

*HLC – Hope Lutheran Church, Wake Forest, NC

** CFC-SEBTS – Center for Faith and Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

*** New Life Fellowship of Research Triangle, NC

SYMPOSIUM GOALS 

   1. To establish “Wake Forest Christian Church Community Creation Stewardship Initiative” in 2015 for restoration of Smith Creek and Falls Lake.

  1. In collaboration with Prof. Bruce Little of the Southeastern Baptist Theological

Seminary, Dr. John Baden of the Foundation for Research on Economics and Environment (FREE), Bozeman, Montana and Hope Lutheran Church, GIBS plans to conduct workshops in 2015 and 2016 on topics that lend itself to promote “Environmental Stewardship Ethics (ESE)” that improve restoration of selected ecosystems in North Carolina, enhancing individual and corporate freedom and responsible behavior to prevent the “tragedies of the commons.” These workshops will include Dr. Mathew Sleeth,Dr. John Baden, Dr. Boema Prediger and Dr. Rusty Prtichard, Dr. Cal DeWitt and Dr. Craig Bartholomew.

SYMPOSIUM PREAMBLE:

“ To remain transparent (open-minded) and trustworthy; to be humble with the clear understanding that we still have inadequate knowledge; to uphold Rene Girard’s pursuit of Holy Desire, as elegantly explained by theologian Craig Bartholomew; to take the advice of C. S. Lewis to ask for God’s help since success can not be attained by merely human efforts; to follow Leslie Newbegin’s dream of 21st century; to promote new insights collaborative approach for theoecology pursuits for Planet Earth’s ecological and theological restoration; to uphold George’s theory of confluence and in all these efforts to remain compassionate and loving our neighbors and loving God and receiving the ‘Love of God’ (Holy Desire). We recognize in this preamble the exemplary work of Dr. Rev. Francis Schaeffer, as portrayed in his classical book on “Pollution: Death of Man – Christian View of Ecology” (1970) , to defend ‘Christian Faith’, while addressing pollution and role of followers of Jesus to be care-takers of God’s Creation.”

OUR GUESTS OF HONOR (KEYNOTE SPEAKERS)

Dr. Matthew Sleeth M.D.

 

Dr. Ellen Davis Ph.D. (DUKE)     Ms. Diane Reid (DENR)

Dr. Charles Arand (Concordia Seminary)   Dr. Bob George, GIBS & Dr. Bemjamin Quinn,SEBTS

2012 – FIRST CREATION STEWARDSHIP SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZING 

COMMITTEE AT NORTH WAKE CHURCH, WAKE FOREST, NC                             

2014 – SECOND SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZED BY HOPE LUTHERAN 

CHURCH CREATION STEWARDSHIP SMALL GROUP.

2014 SYMPOSIUM GROUP PHOTO

Dr. Ken Keathley in discussion with Dr. Charles Arand (Keynote speaker)

Ms. Kim Nugent , Dr. Bob George, Dr. Matthew Sleeth (Keynote Speaker)  

and Ms. Karen Rindges

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS PRESENTED
STEWARDSHIP OF CREATION AND TOGETHER WITH ALL CREATURES

                                              Dr. Charles Arand

                                           CONCORDIA SEMIBARY

                                               St. Louis, Missouri

                                                    ABSTRACT

The focal question in the report of the “Commission on Theology” of the Lutheran Church of Missouri Synod (2010) rev0oves around the question: Are we all separated from ‘Nature’ or connected to ‘Nature.’ 1. Humankind is set apart and also part of ‘Nature’. 2. Creatures are called to care for creatures and also called to care for Earth. 3. There is a genuine truth in delighting for fellow creatures because earth is a creaturely home and there is a delighting ecology for the shared home and 4. There is a lso a creaturely humility since caring for earth is strictly to the glory of God, the Creator.

           A Tree Grows in Heaven:  The Story of Trees in the Bible

                                   Dr. Matthew Sleeth M.D.

                                          BLESSED EARTH

                                              ABSTRACT

There is a code hidden in the trees of the Bible. Even if you’ve studied the Good Book all your life, it may have escaped you. The code illuminates a path that stretches from the first tree in Genesis to the last tree in Revelation. The implication is profound. It is no accident or coincidence. Someone left the code there. The Bible has over sixty books and forty authors. But the code hidden in the trees means one thing: there was one editor, and He has a love of trees.

Understanding the Master Arborist’s plan will change your understanding of scripture. Your faith will take root, grow, and branch. You will never read the Bible the same again. You will never look at a tree the same either.

Every major character in the Bible has a tree associated with them. Adam, Eve, Noah, Moses, David, Jonah, and Elijah all have a tree nearby. If there’s a tree, vine, stick, branch, bush, or piece of wood on the page, something heavenly is going on.

I invite you to follow the trail of trees blazed though the Bible. At the end you will arrive back where we started, and where we all hope to meet up eternally with those we love:  at a tree growing in heaven.

  FOUNTAIN OF LIFE: GENESIS, CELTIC CHISTIANITY, LEOPOLD AND BERRY

                                                 Ellen F. Davis Ph.D.

                      Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina

      Genesis 1 portrays God not as a micromanager but as a Creator of a living world, where the creatures participate in the production of new life. The chapter emphasizes the “seed” as a nucleus in the ‘Fountain of Life,” with multiple repetitions of noun and verb forms—e.g., ”grains seeding seed” (v. 11). God said “Let us make humankind in our image, as our likeness, that they may exercise skilled mastery with respect to the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky. Dominion. as set forth in Genesis 1, is not domination but rather “skilled mastery.” On the third day, God created Sun and Moon. By the fifth day it was ‘Jurassic Park.” Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day. God delighted in His creation, both human and nonhuman creatures. This is essentially the message from Genesis 1.

   The images of the ‘Fountain of Life’ are seen in Psalm 36: 9 and 10, and likewise in “The Land of Ethics” or in “A Sand County Almanac” by ecologist Aldo Leopold: Land is not merely soil; it is the fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soil, plants and animals. This is the simple and effective modern definition of the food chains that God created, the food web that must be intact for keeping ecology healthy.

     From Celtic Christianity, we learn about the farmer who confessed: “God bless to me the new day and I will bless my neighbor and may my neighbor bless me.” n September 12, 2012, “Forbes Magazine” published the article ‘Hunger Games’: “Weather is pushing up agricultural commodities prices, while population growth is boosting demands.”

     In the Bible, Leviticus may be the greenest book. We now ask the questions: What is blessable in God’s creation? and what is not blessable in God’s creation? Exploitation and greedy use of earth’s natural resources are not really blessable. Let us turn to Wendell Barry’s Sabbath Poem (1992) – VII “A Timbered Choir.” Those who give their thought to seed, to love and the bringing to birth, must know the sightless underside of earth…. It is spring, and the little trees that sprouted in the abandoned field ….., half-smothered under the shadow of the tall weed…now rise above them and spread their newleafed branches ….”

              

           THE COUPLING AND CONDUIT OF CREATION: THOUGHTS ON AN     

                     AUGUSTINIAN ACCENT FOR CREATION STEWARDSHIP

Benjamin T. Quinn, PhD

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary / The College at Southeastern

Wake Forest, NC

(Abstract)

The aim of this talk was to consider Theoecology from an Augustinian angle.  The particular question in view was, what might an Augustinian accent sound like for the contemporary Creation Stewardship conversation?

The two major headings for the talk were Christ the Center and The Twin Loves.  In Christ the Center, we first considered the role of Christ as Creator of all things.  Secondly, we reflected on Christ as the Coupling and Conduit of creation (both seen and unseen).  And, finally, we explored the role of Christ as both Wisdom and Way.  Concerning the Twin Loves, we highlighted Augustine’s emphasis on the highest Christian responsibility to love God and love neighbor.  This emphasis alerts us to our role as City-of-God Citizens in Creation, the Inter-connectedness of Creation, and of Place and Particularity as we apply the Twin Loves in our respective communities.

Perhaps Augustine’s greatest contribution to the Creation Stewardship discussion is not a new insight, per se, but a renewed emphasis on Christ and Love.  To miss Christ—the Creator, the coupling and conduit of creation, Wisdom incarnate Who is the Way that is etched into creation—is to miss the clue to the whole of creation.  And, to miss Love—the greatest of all commandments—is to miss the meaning of life in God’s world.  What accent do we hear, then, coming from North Africa concerning Creation Stewardship?  I suggest it is the same accent we hear coming from northern Galilee, which calls out ‘from the highest places of the town’ that Life is in the Way that loves God and loves God’s world.  As citizens of the City of God, may we walk this Way.

              CHRISTIAN CREATION CARE TAKERS ARE GOOD SAMARITANS

                                         According to  Dr. Robert Y. George GOOD SAMARITAN