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Explore The Spiritualities of Creation with Bill Brown

by Linda Morningstar

22 The Lord created me [Wisdom] at the beginning of his work,
   the first of his acts of long ago. …
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
   when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
   before the hills, I was brought forth—
26 when he had not yet made earth and fields,
   or the world’s first bits of soil.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there,….
when he marked out the foundations of the earth, ….
   and I was daily his delight,….
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
   and delighting in the human race.
32 And now, my children, listen to me:
   happy are those who keep my ways. …
35 For whoever finds me finds life
   and obtains favor from the Lord;….
                                                                          -Excerpts from Proverbs 8:22–35

This proverb is one of the passages to be explored during the course, “The Spiritualities of Creation: Knowing God and Self in a Broken World,” April 15-18 at Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC.

“Offering a course on the spiritualities of creation seems very timely, in light of our world today that cries out for restoration and renewal,” says Tom Lewis, director of the Spirituality Program  in the CTS Center for Lifelong Learning.

Besides Proverbs 8, CTS Old Testament professor William P. Brown will help participants explore Genesis 1, Psalm 104, and other texts – theologically, ecologically, and experientially.
Participants will have opportunity to develop their own spirituality of creation, in conversation with these texts and with each other.

Brown has published widely on issues of creation theology, the Psalms, and the wisdom literature of the Old Testament. His forthcoming book – due out in March – is “The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder.”

Brown is a founding member of “Earth Covenant Ministry.” The aim of this ministry is to respond to churches’ and individuals’ call to renew right relationship with God’s Earth.

Earth Covenant Ministry is a partnership among congregations of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and other faith-based organizations. One of its efforts is to provide theological and practical resources for churches, to help them care for creation.

Earth Covenant Ministry is available to help the Presbytery’s congregations to:
• Integrate the call to care for God’s creation into churches’ teaching and worship;
• Provide resources for education, worship, spiritual renewal and practical application;
• Nurture the growth of a creation-care network across the Presbytery;
• Create events for education, action, public witness and advocacy; and
• Work with national and local faith-based networks, as well as local environmental organizations.

Among Earth Covenant Ministry’s partner congregations are Central Presbyterian, Covenant Presbyterian, Druid Hills Presbyterian, Emory Presbyterian, Morningside Presbyterian, North Decatur Presbyterian, Oakhurst Presbyterian, and Trinity Presbyterian.

To learn ways that restoring creation can become significant in the life and mission of your congregation, contact Earth Covenant Ministry. Or, contact Director Kate McGregor Mosley. Ph. 678/362-7639.

Click here to register for the CTS Lifelong Learning course, “The Spiritualities of Creation: Knowing God and Self in a Broken World,” April 15-18 at Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC.