Scholar-in-Residence Weekend, April 22 & 23, 2017 – Dr. Patricia Tull

Scholar-in-Residence Weekend
Dr. Patricia Tull
Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23, 2017

Come gather with us on Earth Weekend to celebrate the beauty & wonder of God’s creation.

Education Forum – Saturday Morning, April 22, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 pm.
Christians, the Bible and the Ecological Crisis

Ancient Jews and Christians who wrote Scripture were keenly aware of their absolute dependence on, and interdependence with, the other elements of the natural world. They developed a rich theology of creation, which contemporary people of faith are now reclaiming. In the process, we discover not only joy in a powerful world beyond the human, but urgency to do all we can to assure its thriving and our own. Although many people find environmental problems either too remote or too frightening to face, the actions needed to change our course are both practical and doable.

Registration: $10 per person; $30 family max
Please pre-register so we can prepare for you!

Sunday Morning, April 23, 2017 – Earth Sunday!
Worship at 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?
Dr. Tull, preaching


Sunday Afternoon, April 23, 2017
The Earth Forum with Dr. Tull

2:00 p.m.
More Than Politics! Ecological Action as our Moral Imperative

Many Americans denigrate environmental issues as politically divisive. Others view ecological crises as technological problems to solve. But one reason we find ecological sustainability so challenging is that it calls us to wide and deep changes in the ways humans see ourselves in society and in relationship to the earth. Dr. Tull will help us consider how ecological action is both a moral imperative and a golden opportunity to consider more carefully our place and purpose, and to exercise personal and social resources that may be dormant. Seen thus, ecological action becomes not only possible but promising.

4:00 p.m.
Care and Nurture of Congregational Green Teams

The Green Team at First Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville began inauspiciously nine years ago with two people wishing to promote recycling. Since then the church’s environmental efforts have stretched: from becoming Indiana’s first Earth Care congregation to reducing the church’s carbon emissions by more than half, to member pride in affirming, “We are a green congregation,” and inspiring neighboring congregations to do the same. In this workshop, we will explore reasons, strategies, and directions for growing congregational green ministries wherever you are.

6:00 p.m.
Soup Supper

Wrap up Earth Weekend activities as we continue the conversation over supper. Donation: $5

Please pre-register for the Earth Forum events at 4:00 & 6:00
so that we can prepare for you

Patricia K. Tull
… is the author, most recently, of Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis (Westminster John Knox, 2013).
She is A.B. Rhodes Professor Emerita of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in Kentucky, and currently serves as Program Director for Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light.

Trisha preaches and lectures widely on the spiritual and biblical dimensions of creation care. A native of Austin, Texas and ordained Presbyterian minister, she left her tenured seminary position in 2010 to work more directly in environmental teaching. Learn more about her work at

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