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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.


Event Schedule

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
5-6 p.m. Evensong
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

Featured Speakers

J. William T. Youngs, Ph.D. | Keynote Speaker | "Expo '74: The Environment Then & Now"

Youngs is a professor of history at Eastern Washington University, where he teaches two environmentally-themed courses: "History of the American Wilderness" and "History of National Parks." He is a lifetime member of the Sierra Club and author of The Fair and the Falls: Spokane's Expo '74 – Transforming an American Environment, winner of the Washington State Governor's Writer's Award.

Jonathan Moo, Ph.D. | Morning Plenary Speaker | "Creation Care: Bridging Science & Faith"

Moo is the Edward B. Lindaman Endowed Chair and associate professor of Theology at Whitworth University. He holds graduate degrees in both wildlife ecology and biblical studies and teaches and writes in the areas of New Testament, early Judaism, environmental ethics, and science and faith. He is the author of a number of essays and books, most recently the co-authored Creation Care: A Biblical Theology of the Natural World (Zondervan, 2018).

Kara Odegard | Afternoon Speaker | "A Report on the Spokane Community Adaptation Project"

Odegard is a sustainability research analyst with the Spokane City Council. She works with local and regional stakeholders to develop policy recommendations that address the impacts of climate change and promote environmental sustainability & conservation.


Anna Humphreys, MSW, MPHc

Graduate Student and Activist

Gloria Flora

Executive Director, Sustainable Obtainable Solutions

Larry Luton, Ph.D.

Retired Professor of Public Administration & Board Member, 350 Spokane

Sophia Ressler

Washington Wildlife Advocate & Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity

Pat McCormick

Professor & Board Member at 350 Spokane

Kathlyn Kinney, MBA

Waste to Fuel Consultant, Biomethane LLC