Hope for Creation Conference
Care for the Water
April 22, 2023
Join the Hope for Creation Conference virtually using the link below.
Hosted by St. John’s Cathedral, in partnership with the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement and Fig Tree, the Hope for Creation Conference is designed to share a vision of hope for creation; spotlight local caretakers of land, water and air; and renew Spokane's leadership on environmental care.
Expo '74 was the first world's fair dedicated to the environment. It brought the topic of creation care to the world stage and helped shape the consciousness of the Spokane community. As we near the 50th anniversary of Expo '74, now is the time to look back at where we've been, consider carefully what is being done, and develop a road map for the future. Spokane was a leader in creation care then, and that leadership should continue.
All are welcome at this event – civic leaders, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, business people and engaged citizens. All points of view are needed, and the dignity of each person will be respected.
Attendance at all sessions is free of charge. No registration is required.
All events will take place at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave, Spokane, WA 99202.
|Saturday, April 22|
|8:30 a.m.||Welcome with Dean Heather VanDeventer and Mayor Nadine Woodward|
|8:40-9 a.m.||History of the People of this River with Craig Hill, Spokane Tribe|
|9-9:20 a.m.||Wetlands: Critical Infrastructure for Man and Wildlife with Brian Walker, Turnbull NWR|
|9:20-9:40 a.m.||Beaver Dam Analogs: Mimicking Nature's Ecosystem Engineer to Improve Riverine Ecosystems, with Sue Niezgoda, Gonzaga|
|9:40-10 a.m.||The Future of Lake CDA with Caj Matheson, CDA Tribe|
|10-10:20 a.m.||Care of Our Drinking Water, the Spokane Rathdrum Aquifer with Reanette Boese, Joint Board|
|10:30-10:50 a.m.||Water Resource Management with Kristen Zimmer, City of Spokane|
|10:50-11:10 a.m.||A New Horizon: Recognizing the Right of the Spokane River to Exist with Jerry White, Riverkeepers|
|11:10-11:30 a.m.||Relationships Matter: When Environmental Politics & Policy Fall Short with Kara Odegard, Measure Meant, and Matthew Morse, Kelly Patterson, and Hannah Richter, Gonzaga University|
|11:30 a.m.-noon||Youth Choirs|
|12:20-12:40 p.m.||Columbia Watershed: Restoring the Lower Snake River with Tanya Riordan, Save Our Wild Salmon|
|12:40-1 p.m.||U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty with DR Michel, UCUT|
|1-1:15 p.m.||Expo +50 with Matt Santangelo, coordinator EXPO +50|
|1:15-1:30 p.m.||Feedback and next steps with John Wallingford, St. John's, and Breean Beggs, Spokane City Council President|
|1:30-4:30 p.m.||Street fair and discussion groups (see below)|
|4:30 p.m.||FLLC Earth Day Vigil|
(concurrent with street fair, 1:30-4:30 p.m.)
- Saltese flats story with Constance Holland, parishioner, Diocese of Spokane
- Restorative actions; biochar for stormwater filtration with Gloria Flora, SOS
- River Vision Plan with Gonzaga University seniors Abby Dodd, Grant Plotner, Christiana Schmer
- Water resource management technology; Preserving water resources; video and discussion group with Callie Bendickson, Itron
- Landscape for water with Annikki Chamberlain, mimiriwater.com
- Environmental advocacy with AC Churchill of Earth Ministries
- Panel discussion: Faith perspectives on care for water coordinated by Mary Stamp with Rabbi Tamar Malino, Temple Beth Shalom; Sreedharani Nandagopal, Hindu community; Ikani Fakasiieiki, Liberty Park United Methodist Church; Venerable Semkye, Sravasti Abbey; Shahd Khalili-Sangsari, Baha'i faith; and Naghmana Sherazi, Muslims for Community Action and Service (via video)
Earth Day Vigil
Organized by Faith Leaders and Leaders of Conscience of Eastern Washington & North Idaho, the vigil will listen to those affected by ecological devastation and connect with others who are active in healing the earth. The vigil will take place at the end of day Saturday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Street Fair Featuring Local Organizations
On April 22, 1:30-4:30 p.m., this outdoor fair will showcase local organizations, and will offer live music and food trucks. This portion of the event is open to the public.