International environmental conference returns to DecaturCliff Bird, a conference attendee from Fiji, looks up at the solar panels at East Decatur Station during a tour that was part of the 2015 Caring for Creation conference. Photo by Dena Mellick
An international Christian environmental conference is returning to Decatur.
The ninth annual United Methodist Caring for Creation Conference will take place Apr. 8-9 at Decatur First United Methodist Church. This is the second year the conference will be in Decatur.
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Decaturish covered the conference in 2015, which focused on the theme of environmental justice. This year, the theme is “Sowing Seeds – Where Food and Faith Meet.” The conference website says, “This conference is designed to help participants to think and pray deeply about food: the way we produce it, the way we consume it, and its importance in our faith.”
Featured speakers include Jennifer Ayres and Carol Newsom – professors at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.
Last year, organizer Michael Black said 120 participants from different countries and denominations took part in the conference.
Black said the national conference moves to western Ohio in 2017. The two-day conference costs $100 if you register by Mar. 15. The cost increases by $25 after that. There is also a student rate and a one-day fee.