A conference that connects faith and the environment will be held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center April 8 through 11.
Caring for Creation, now in its fourth year, imparts a message of stewardship and responsibility for people of faith when it comes to caring for the earth.
The conference offers a series of workshops and talks on a variety of topics, including some big name speakers.
In addition to workshops, on- and off-site tours will include visits to a solar farm, an oil-to-biodiesel conversion facility, a green home, Junaluska Wetlands and Corneille Bryan Native Garden. Guests also have the option of doing a “pre-experience” in which they’ll spend 24 hours in a sustainable environment prior to the conference.
Keynote speakers for the conference include:
• Sen. Marc Basnight, the president pro tem of the N.C. Senate.
• John Hill, director of Economic and Environmental Justice for the General Board of Church and Society.
• Rev. Ms. Pat Call-Beck Harper, editor of God’s Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action.
• Rita Harris, organizer for the Sierra Club in Memphis.
• Derek Arndt, monitoring board of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Lake Junaluska joined the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Green Initiative Project in 2009. As a part of the initiative, Lake Junaluska is focused on being energy efficient, recycling and creating a sustainable environment.
“Lake Junaluska is continually striving to promote environmental awareness,” said Jimmy L. Carr, executive director of Lake Junaluska.
• Theological Foundations for Creation Care
• Mapping Your Ecological Footprint.
For more information about the conference and workshop schedule, go to www.lakejunaluska.com/caring-for-creation or call 828.454.6656.