Sea Kayaking in the Bahamas: An Eco-Travel Seminar

Sea Kayaking in the Bahamas: An Eco-Travel Seminar

October 30 is deadline to register for “Sea Kayaking in the Bahamas: An Eco-Travel Seminar” an innovative travel opportunity offered through The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary. This unique experiential learning opportunity combines island camping, kayaking on open water, the study of environmental ethics and time for spiritual renewal. Clergy, other church leaders and those interested in the care of creation are invited to participate.

The seminar will take place January 4-11, 2018. Trip leaders are Mark Douglas, professor of Christian Ethics at the seminary, and Steve Harrington, associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Livermore, CA. They share a keen interest in environmental issues and appreciation for the power of the wilderness to transform life and renew the spirit. Douglas has spent his lifetime engaged in outdoor activities, and Harrington has been leading adventure trips for more than 31 years in a variety of settings. This is the third time the pair will lead this excursion for the Center for Lifelong Learning.

“Pollution, population growth and its attendant problems including the loss of biodiversity and climate change are already wreaking havoc on the natural and constructed world,” said Douglas, who serves on the Board of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light. “We are not well shaped to think about, let alone change our habits or holistically address, the crises we face. To address this problem, even at individual and local levels, it is immensely helpful to at least temporarily relocate ourselves geographically, conceptually, and spiritually. This “Eco-Travel Seminar” does just this.”

For specific questions about the trip itself, contact leader Steve Harrington directly at or call 408-835-0601. For a complete description of the travel seminar, including registration information, please read the event brochure HERE.  Registration must be completed and deposit received by October 30.

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Event Contacts:

Mark Douglas
Columbia Theological Seminary

Sarah Erickson
The Center for Lifelong Learning

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