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Ecology, Theology, and Ministry (May 2011)


A new generation of congregational leader senses not only the magnitude of issues surrounding current ecological concerns and crises but also a fresh movement of the wind of God that once swept over unfinished creation (Gen 1:2). That wind calls faith communities to interpret ecological concerns and crises theologically and to build alliances with those outside the congregation for imaginative and timely action. This doctor of ministry track will provide congregational leaders with a fresh look at the Scriptures, the Christian tradition, and contemporary theologies of creation while equipping them to lead their congregants and their congregations to live more faithfully and justly in God’s creation. 


May 10-13, 2011               Rereading the Scriptural Witness on Creation – Dr. Bruce C. Birch

May 16-20, 2011               An Environmental History of Christianity – Dr. Gilson A. C. Waldkoenig


Jan 2-6, 2012                      The Greening of the Congregation – Dr. Fred Scherlinder Dobb

Jan 9-13, 2012                    Food, Consumption, and the Earth Community – Dr. L. Shannon Jung


May 8-11, 2012                  Potomac River Basin: A Case Study in Theology Meeting Ecology – Beth Norcross

May 14-18, 2012               Contemporary Theologies of Creation – Dr. Josiah U. Young, III


Jan 7-11, 2013                    Project Seminar – Dr. Lewis A. Parks

Jan 14-18, 2013                  Stewards of God’s Mysteries: Worshipping as Creatures – Dr. Joseph Bush


A Study Trip Elective:      Pilgrimage to a National Park


Dr. Bruce C. Birch is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary.


Dr. Gilson A. C. Waldkoenig is Professor of Church in Society and B. B. Maurer Chair of Town and Country Ministry, and Director of the Town and Country Institute at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.


Dr. Fred Scherlinder Dobb is Rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation and Chair of Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light.


Dr. L. Shannon Jung is the Franklin and Louise Cole Professor of Town and Country Ministries at the Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.   


Beth Norcross is Adjunct Faculty for Creation Care at Wesley Theological Seminary.


Dr. Josiah U. Young is Professor of Systematic Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary.


Dr. Lewis A. Parks is Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Congregational Development and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Wesley Theological Seminary.


Dr. Joseph Bush is Director of the Practice of Ministry and Mission at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Contact Dr. Lewis Parks, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Degree

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