On Earth Day there was a special service at the National Cathedral, led by Matthew Sleeth of Blessed Earth. The service launched a year-long series of lectures and sermons focused on creation care and stewardship. In between the first and second services Wendell Berry was presented with an award honoring his career as an advocate of responsible care for our world and its resources. Also during the time between services, Dr. Sleeth announced the launch of the Seminary Stewardship Alliance–a group of the nation’s leading seminaries, which have committed to sustainability and to making creation care an integral part of the education of their students.
This pleases me greatly. I’m very happy that these seminaries are committing to equip their students to carry the urgent message of creation care to their congregations and ministries.
I am especially pleased that my seminary is one of the founding twelve members. I am also very pleased that Wake Forest Divinity School in among the initial twelve. That is due to a “God thing.” I was chatting with Fred Bahnson at a conference a few days before the launch and I mentioned the Alliance to him. He had not heard about it. He called Gail O’Day, dean of the Wake Divinity School over and I told her what I knew about it. That same day she called Nancy Sleeth and signed on. So a few days later when Dr. Sleeth read off the names of the founding seminaries, Wake was one of them. There were 12 founding members rather than 11. And, as Fred told me, twelve is a great Biblical number.
I don’t always agree with the public stances my seminary takes. But on this one, I couldn’t agree more.
May this Alliance bear abundant fruit.