Hope for Creation Conference
April 22-23, 2022
Hosted by St. John’s Cathedral, in partnership with the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement, the Gonzaga Center for Climate Society and the Environment, Terrain, 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.
Thank you for joining us! We hope to gather with you all again. Recordings from the conference can be viewed at the link below.
All events will take place at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave, Spokane, WA 99202.
|Friday, April 22|
|9:15 a.m.||Welcome with Heather VanDeventer and Mayor Nadine Woodward|
|9:30-10:15 a.m.||"Creation Care: Bridging Science & Faith" with Jonathan Moo, associate professor of theology at Whitworth University|
|10:15-10:45 a.m.||Biochar with Gloria Flora|
|11-11:30 a.m.||Adaptation in wheat farming and caring for the land with Aaron Esser|
|11:30-noon||Small logs: utilizing forest fuels creates better projects on the ground with Kurtis Vaagen|
|Noon-12:30 p.m.||Turning waste to resources with Erik Makinson|
|12:30-1 p.m.||Regenerative agriculture & working with nature with Ty Meyer|
|1-3 p.m.||Break for Earth Day March (concurrent event) and lunch|
|3-4 p.m.||Breakout sessions|
|4-5 p.m.||Announcements & Earth Day vigil|
|Saturday, April 23|
|8-8:30 a.m.||Ecumenical morning prayer|
|8:30-9 a.m.||Sovereignty, Health, Air, Water & Land with Twa-Le Abrahamson of the Spokane Tribe|
|9-9:45 a.m.||Sustaining the 21st Century Forest Carbon Sink with Kelsey Bryant|
|10-10:30 a.m.||Hopes for environmental leadership with Ali Groza|
|10:30-11 a.m.||Whitworth youth at COP26 with Nate Beine|
|11 a.m.-noon||Breakout sessions|
|Noon-3:30 p.m.||Outdoor fair with showcase of local organizations, music and food trucks (open to the public)|
|3:30-4:15 p.m.||"Spokane's Sustainability Action Plan" with Kara Odegard|
|4:15-5 p.m.||Keynote address: "Expo '74: The Environment Then & Now" with J. William T. Youngs|
|5-6 p.m.||Next steps workshop - provide feedback to local leaders on creation care priorities|
|6 p.m.||Closing reception|
Breakout sessions will last one hour and will be split over two days so that individuals are able to participate in two sessions (Friday afternoon and Saturday morning). Sessions include:
- Laudato Si
- Greening your congregation
- Shalom & the community of creation: Native American insights to care for the land
- Healthy living under environmental stress
- How you can conserve lands
- Tree planting in Spokane
- Building healthy soil at home
- Agrarian lens: Scripture healing all creation
- Business practices in a circular economy
- Individual responsibility in land care
- Interfaith holy days & teachings on creation care (Friday)
Spokane Climate March
This concurrent event will take place in downtown Spokane. You can find all the details here >>>
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 Friday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Juried Art Exhibit
This art exhibit will be on display throughout St. John's Cathedral during the event and until May 2. It features artwork on the theme "sacred care of land and environmental stewardship."
Street Fair Featuring Local Organizations
On April 23, noon-3:30 p.m., this outdoor fair will showcase 30 local organizations, and will offer live music and food trucks. This portion of the event is open to the public.
This panel will take place during the breakout sessions on Friday. It will feature representatives from the Spiriutal Assembly of the Baha'is, the Spokane Buddhist Temple, Disciples of Christ, United Methodist Church, Muslims for Community Action & Support, and members of the local Hindu and Jewish communities. Each panelist will provide perspectives on creation care.