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Ground for Hope - Nov. 14-15

A Religious-Environmental Education and Leadership Event  


Altar Sun FlowersOn November 14-15, GreenFaith, the Theological School at Drew University, Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield, and the Green Seminary Initiative are presenting Ground for Hope - a premier religious-environmental event for area religious leaders. 

 The 2-day program will include numerous education and leadership training opportunities – including an environmental health and justice tour in Newark, presentations on ‘green’ facility management, religious education and preaching on the environment, and a free Monday evening keynote and panel on environmental justice advocacy featuring nationally-recognized environmental justice advocate Dr. Nicky Sheats.

To register on-line, click here.

Seminary students register by clicking here.


Dr. Larry Rasmussen will provide the keynote address on November 15.  One of the worldDr. Larry Rasmussen's foremost Christian environmental ethicists, Dr. Rasmussen has mentored a generation of religious leaders in eco-theology and “green religion.” He spearheaded the “greening” at the Union Theological Seminary and connected his courses and scholarship with community and environmental leaders. He has published more than a dozen books, including the award-winning Earth Community, Earth Ethics. He is currently directing a 10-year project on Earth-honoring Christianity at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico.


Dr. Nicky Sheats

Monday evening's program, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m., will focus on environmental justice.  Dr. Nicky Sheats will provide a keynote address on Environmental Justice and Climate Change, followed by a panel of regional leaders and activists.


Sunday’s program will run from 2:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield.  Monday’s program at the Theological School at Drew University in Madison will run from 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., and will include the environmental justice tour and an evening lecture and panel discussion on environmental justice.



Sunday, November 14

2:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Watchung Ave. Presbyterian Church
North Plainfield, NJ

Monday, November 15
8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Theological School, Drew University
Madison, NJ

For a full event schedule, click here.

For speaker bio's, click here.


Education and Training on:
  • Eco-preaching & worship
  • Biblical, theological, scientific and religious education on the environment
  • Environmental justice and advocacy
  • ‘Green’ facility management
  • Environmental Justice, Green Building and Drew Sustainability Tour

For a tentative workshop schedule, click here.

Featuring presentations by:

  • Dr. Heather Elkins
  • Rev. Fletcher Harper
  • Dr. Laurel Kearns
  • Dr. Catherine Keller
  • Dr. Nicky Sheats
  • Rabbi Lawrence Troster

and other leaders.

To read speaker bio's, click here.


Sunday only: $15
Free for seminarians
Groups of 4 or more from one house of worship – 20% discount
CEU Credit Available

To register online, click here.

Seminary students register by clicking here.



For a full event schedule, click here.
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