The 10th Annual United Methodist Caretakers of God’s Creation Conference will be held in the Washington DC area this year to complement the National People’s Climate Justice March on April 29.
The conference will be a day of inspiration, education, and preparation. It will begin with worship, including a message of hope brought by United Methodist Bishop C. Joseph Sprague. It will also include major addresses by Rev. Fletcher Harper, Rev. Jenny Phillips, and will conclude with worship and communion with sermons by Bill McKibben and Michelle Roberts. See the full planned schedule below.
Attendees and friends are encouraged to join the People’s Climate Movement March on Saturday; detailed instructions about gathering to march together will be provided once the route is announced.
The planned schedule for April 28th is:
8:00 am – Hospitality and Registration
9:00 am – Worship: United Methodist Bishop C. Joseph Sprague preaching on “Hope is The Thing”
10:00 am – Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of Green Faith
10:30 am – The State of the Science of Climate Change, John Venezia Principal, Climate, Energy Efficiency, and Transportation ICF
11:15 am – Rev. Jenny Phillips, Minister for Environmental Stewardship and Advocacy for Pacific Northwest Conference UMC and founder of Fossil Free UMC
12:00 pm – Networking and Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 pm – Workshops (each to be offered twice per hour)
Climate Justice Simulation Training
Biblical Basis of Creation Care
Dakota Access, Keystone and other Pipelines
Legislative Advocacy and Community Organizing
Shareholder Advocacy and Other Strategies for Engaging Companies
United Methodist EarthKeepers
Make your sign to carry for the march!
Our host, Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington Virginia, cannot accommodate parking for this event. Please take the metro to Ballston and walk, or bus from there. You can also choose to park at one of lots around Ballston and walk (about 15 minutes) or bus (#23 and #52) from there. Biking is also an option, via the Custis Trail, exiting at Vermont St. three blocks east of Glebe Rd.
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Ballston for the nights of April 27 and 28. Their shuttle can drive you to Mt Olivet.
To reserve a room at the Holiday Inn Ballston, click here.
For information about the conference and/or to register, click here.