Though the Earth Should Change: BioSanctuary Sacred Groves for Worship in an Era of Ecological Crisis



Date(s) - 02/06/2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Public Event
Monday, February 6, 6:00 p.m. CST
Press Hall, Eden Theological Seminary

This is a free event, but registration is required. The event is supported by a research grant from the Calvin Institute of Worship.

6:00 p.m. CST – Opening reception with light hors d’oeuvres
6:30-8:00 presentations and discussion

We welcome you to the kick-off and opening conversation of “Though the Earth Should Change.” This free public event will launch an interdisciplinary design competition for Washington University and Eden students to conceptualize sacred groves: outdoor spaces for congregational worship that are also rich in biodiversity.

The era of environmental crisis we have entered has thrown into stark relief the urgent need for a shift in the ways that Christian congregations in the United States worship. What kind of worship environments could actually reconnect Christians with the divine in the natural world during weekly worship? How might we create worship spaces that form congregations as agents of environmental justice and help them to heal in the wake of increasing environmental disasters? And what if those same worship spaces could also foster and preserve local biodiversity?

Eden Theological Seminary and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University have come together to sponsor a student design competition aimed at combining outdoor worship spaces with biodiversity preserves. This opening event aims to provide a window into that competition for the wider community, bringing together faith communities, environmental organizations, students in the fields of landscape design, theology, environmental studies, and more.

Speakers for this event include:

SAVE THE DATE! Come back and join us on Monday, April 17 at Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts for the awards ceremony and judges’ panel! We’ll send you a reminder.

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