Kanuga Hosts Environmental Justice Conference this Spring

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This spring, Kanuga hosts Elevate: Creation Care and Environmental Justice Conference from March 13 to March 15.

Kanuga in Hendersonville, NC

Kanuga in Hendersonville, NC, hosts Elevate: Creation Care and Environmental Justice Conference, March 13-15.

“The Elevate Conference is a call to Episcopalians and other faith communities to take action. As people of faith, we were created to be intimately involved and caring over creation in a relational and loving way,” says Richmond Jones, Kanuga’s Director of Formation Programs.

This spring, Kanuga hosts Elevate: Creation Care and Environmental Justice Conference from March 13 to March 15. Surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the conference is designed for those eager to honor their roles as stewards of creation.

“The Elevate Conference is a call to Episcopalians and other faith communities to take action in the environmental movement. As people of faith, we were created to be intimately involved and caring over creation in a relational and loving way,” says Richmond Jones, Kanuga’s Director of Formation Programs.    

The event is hosted in collaboration with The Episcopal Church Task Force for Care of Creation and Environmental Racism, Sewanee School of Theology, Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN), Episcopal Relief & Development, Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, and Episcopal Office of Government Relations.

Featured presenters include Rev. Melanie Mullen, the Episcopal Church’s Director of Reconciliation, Justice & Creation Care; Michele L. Roberts, Coming Clean Inc. Director of Outreach and Co-Coordinator of the Environmental Justice Health Alliance; and Dr. Andrew Thompson, assistant professor of theological ethics, director of the Sewanee Ministry Collaborative, and director of the Alternative Clergy Training at Sewanee (ACTS) Program.

The conference offers participants a chance to interact with experts involved in environmental justice and creation care. The event includes panel discussions, worship services, nature hikes, group forums, and volunteer opportunities. Sessions are designed to equip guests with the tools necessary to positively impact their church and community.

The Elevate Conference was created as a way to respond to current issues affecting communities around the world. “Environmental issues like climate change and land use are absolutely urgent matters for people of faith today,” says Andrew R. H. Thompson, Ph.D., director of the Sewanee Ministry Collaborative and director of the Alternative Clergy Training at Sewanee (ACTS) Program. “They are intimately connected to other issues of vital concern for faith communities such as racism, poverty, and social justice. That's why Kanuga’s Elevate: Creation Care and Environmental Justice conference is so timely and important.”

Cost for the conference starts $440 with lodging and meals at Kanuga included; commuter rates are also available. For more information and reservations, visit https://www.kanuga.org

For more information about the conference or Kanuga, please contact Melissa McGowan, Marketing Director, at mmcgowan@kanuga.org or 828-692-9136, ext. 2822.

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