About this Conference
This conference is modeled after a similar one held on Mercer University’s Atlanta campus, held Feb.27-28, 2009. That event, titled “Caring for Creation: Ethical Responses to Climate Change,” included more than 200 students, faculty and staff from the Atlanta campus. It was organized in partnership with the Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment. Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and one of the event’s organizers, connected the conference around his work with a group of scientists and Evangelical leaders examining whether the two groups could “come to a common mind on issues of climate change.” The Mercer conference in Atlanta was the first full-scale event on a college campus highlighting those issues as a part of the scientist-Evangelical effort, which began in 2006.
A group of Mercer faculty and students from the Macon attended the conference and approached leaders from the Center for Health and the Global Environment to host a similar conference on the Macon campus. The Center’s leadership agreed and the organization of the conference began.
Organized by a diverse array of students and faculty, “Caring For Creation: A Scientific And Theological Response,” will include two days of lectures and discussions on Thursday, Oct. 29, and Friday, Oct. 30, and conclude with a green day of service in the Macon community on Saturday, Oct. 31.Executive Committee
- Michele Boothroyd, law student, event co-chair
- Dr. Mary Ann Drake, professor of interdisciplinary studies, event co-chair
- Garret McDowell, Mercer Service Scholar and student in the program in leadership and community service and environmental studies
- Dr. John Hintermaier, associate professor of history
- Lindsay Hazzard, engineering student
- Dr. Doug Pearson, Vice President of Student Affairs
- Kathryn Doornbos, biology student
- Dr. Tom Glennon, professor and director of the Program in Leadership and Community Service
- Dr. Peter Brown, senior vice provost, ex officio