Blessing the Waters of Life: Justice and Healing for our Watersheds
Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center on the Columbia River in Oregon
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Dr. Rossing directs the seminary’s Environmental Ministry Emphasis and regularly teaches a course on “Nature in the Bible.” Her research focuses on the book of Revelation, ecology and liberation. She is the author of The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation.
Worship Leader: Rev. Dr. Paul Galbreath, Professor of Worship and Theology, Union Presbyterian Seminary
Dr. Galbreath is author of “Leading into the World” a rediscovery of biblical imagery and language that supports our care of creation and shapes our prayers and worship.
Musicians: Jim and Jean Strathdee, international artists who share a prophetic vision of social and environmental justice through music
Pre-Conference EJ Immerson: SPIRIT OF THE SALMON – Water, Culture, and Justice in the Columbia Watershed
Organized in partnership with members of Columbia River tribes, Spirit of the Salmon – Water, Culture, and Justice in the Columbia Watershed is a two-day pre-conference exploration of the environmental justice issues affecting the tribes of the Columbia River Watershed. Participants will learn about tribal culture and spirituality, see first-hand how climate change and pollution are affecting the Columbia River and tribal life-ways and treaties, and experience hopeful models for healthy communities and watersheds.