2019 United Methodist Creation Care Summit Wrap Up

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NASHVILLE, TN – Taking place July 11-14 at the Scarritt Bennett Center campus, 250 participants from congregations, annual conferences, agencies, and other organizations gathered eager to find ways to take better care of God’s creation. Attendee’s discussed ways they can facilitate the healing of our planet, strategized how to build a strong movement for creation care and environmental justice within the United Methodist Church, and learned how to worship yet also inspire one another.

Recycling, getting rid of Styrofoam and driving a Prius just ain’t going to be enough.” — The Rev. Pat Watkins, a retired missionary with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.

Workshops were plentiful, well attended, and facilitated many great conversations around issues such as single-use plastic, overburdened waste stream, recycling, proposed revisions to the United Methodist Social Principles directly related to creation care, and many others. View the full list of speakers and workshops here.

“There is a strong biblical basis to make caring for creation a priority,” said Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee, United Methodist Women executive for economic and environmental justice.

Resources from the 2018 Summit are available online. Resources from the 2019 summit will be posted in the coming months.

Read the article written by The Tennessean.

Read the article written by United Methodist News Service.

Photos by Tennessee Conference Digital Media Specialist, Kylie Marino