Hope for Creation Conference
April 17-18, 2020
Hosted by St. John’s Cathedral, in partnership with the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement and the Creation Care Calling Community, 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.
All events will take place at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave, Spokane, WA 99202.
|Friday, April 17|
|3-5 p.m.||Showcase of local organizations|
|6-7 p.m.||Keynote address "Expo '74: The Environment Then & Now" with J. William T. Youngs, professor at Eastern Washington University|
|7-8 p.m.||Welcome address & dinner (limited to 300 registrants)|
|Saturday, April 18|
|8-9:30 a.m.||Morning prayer & plenary: "Creation Care: Bridging Science & Faith" with Jonathan Moo, associate professor of theology at Whitworth University|
|10 a.m.-noon||Concurrent panel sessions –
Land: Hear perspectives on soil remediation, forestry and urban agriculture
Water: Learn more about local water management and the health of our lakes and rivers
Air: Examine issues like carbon emissions, forest fires and methane capture
|noon-1 p.m.||Networking lunch|
|1-1:50 p.m.||A report on the Spokane Community Adaptation Project from Kara Odegard|
|2-2:50 p.m.||Concurrent panel sessions –
Technology: Explore the technology being used to preserve our environment
Social Action: Hear from local and youth advocates
|3-4 p.m.||Interfaith discussion on frameworks for creation care with Native American, Islamic and Christian perspectives|
|4:15-5 p.m.||Next Steps: Provide feedback to local leaders on creation care priorities|
|5 p.m.||Closing prayer & music|