Friday, September 14, 2007

National Evangelical Environmental Conference

Hmm. Something good from evangelicals... a news release I got today mentions, among other things, an evangelical working for the Sierra Club!

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National Evangelical Environmental Conference

"It's not right or wrong, it's not right or left...It's our responsibility!"

Boise, ID - Real people, real evangelicals -doing real things for the environment? They say yes! "More and more evangelicals are coming to believe creation care is an integral part of their calling as Christians. It is becoming part of their faith," said Melanie Griffin, director of partnerships for the Sierra Club and an evangelical.

Richard Cizik, Vice President for Governmental Affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, an umbrella organization that represents over 60 evangelical denominations nationwide, will be spear heading the 2nd annual Environmental Stewardship Conference in Boise Idaho September 20-21, 2007.

An article in Newsweek Magazine's April 16, 2007 issue quotes Cizik as saying, "The protection of the environment is a Biblically rooted task straight from God. The status quo [of how we are treating the earth] is simply not acceptable." Cizik continues by saying, "We have to be at the forefront of providing energy efficient green solutions across the board.

"Hundreds of evangelical environmentalists will join other prominent environmental leaders such as Tri Robinson for this time of symposiums, workshops and hands-on environmental outreach to learn more about the Biblical mandate to care for the environment and equip them with tools to embrace that value within their church, college or community.

Tri Robinson is Senior Pastor of Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Boise. He is also the founder of "Let's Tend the Garden", an environmental stewardship ministry that serves as a model for churches across the country. He is the author of two books, Saving God's Green Earth and Revolutionary Leadership, published by Ampelon Publishing.

Tri Robinson's revolutionary evangelical environmental work and the growing momentum of like-minded evangelicals was captured by Bill Moyers in his extraordinary PBS documentary released in October 2006, Is God Green (www.pbs.org/moyers/moyersinamerica/green)?

Other keynote speakers include Ken Wilson, Senior Pastor at the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan and recent participant in Scientists and Evangelicals United to Protect Creation along with Scott Sabin, Executive Director of Floresta, a Christian nonprofit organization, which reverses deforestation and poverty by transforming the lives of the rural poor in Mexico, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Tanzania.

Evangelical environmentalism is a burgeoning movement so take note! Evangelicals believe that it is good and right to love the earth; it is not paganism, nor is it a slippery slope - they believe caring for the environment, for God's creation comes from a faithful and wise heart of the Christian steward! Catch the wave!

The media is invited to join the conference September 20-21, 2007 for interviews and on September 22, 2007 for live footage of the hands-on conservation projects. (www.letstendthegarden.org).

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For MORE INFORMATION or TO BOOK AN INTERVIEW with TRI ROBINSON contact
Matti Stevenson . 719.360.0586 . mattistevenson@comcast.net
Jason Chatraw . 208.608.8325 . jason@ampelonpublishing.com

1 comment:

Don Bosch said...

I know they appreciate getting the word out - thanks!

Will be there next week live-blogging the conference. Drop by the blog if you're interested.

Grace and peace,
Don Bosch
evangelicalecologist.com