On Friday April 17th and Saturday April 18th, in partnership with Whitworth University’s Office of Church Engagement, the Cathedral will host a conference called Hope for Creation. The Conference is designed to share a vision of hope for creation; showcase local caretakers of land, water and air; and renew Spokane’s leadership on environmental care.
Friday evening J. William T. Youngs, Professor of History at Eastern Washington University and author of The Fair and the Falls will deliver the Keynote address: Expo ’74, The Environment Then & Now. Much of the program is built on Expo ’74 foundations of Air, Land and Water.
Saturday opens with morning prayer and an address by Whitworth Theology Professor Jonathan Moo entitled Creation Care: Bridging Science & Faith. Dr Moo authored a book cataloging the Biblical teachings about care for creation and has a PhD in wildlife biology, a balance of knowledge perfect for this talk. After lunch, author Kara Odegard will present A report on the Spokane Community Adaptation Project. This just-completed study commissioned by the City of Spokane used a program developed at Oregon State University and input from climate scientists at University of Washington and University of Idaho to predict effects of climate change on Spokane.
Sessions in the morning and afternoon address technologies that put us back into harmony with nature; social actions we should take, and how faith helps us face the environmental challenges.
Registration is now live at www.Whitworth.edu/hopeforcreation. The cost for both days is $40, plus $15 for dinner Friday if you choose.
All are welcome at this event – civic leaders, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, business people and engaged citizens, young and old, conservative and liberal— all points of view are needed, and the dignity of each person will be respected.