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Posted by on Dec 24, 2008 in Environmentalism

Southeastern Seminary To Host Environment Conference

Jonathan Merritt, spokesperson for the Southern Baptist Environment & Climate Initiative, announced last week on his blog that Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina has been awarded a $126,500 grant from the Energy Foundation to”develop and advance creation care stewardship among Southern Baptists.”

Here’s a snippet from the Southeastern Seminary Press Release:

WAKE FOREST, N.C. – With the help of a $126,500 grant from The Energy Foundation, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is making strides toward becoming better stewards of God’s creation.


The grant, which was awarded to the Southern Baptist institution in October, will enable Southeastern to institute a number of new programs and initiatives aimed at promoting better care of God’s creation through increased awareness and increased opportunities to get involved.


The money provided by The Energy Foundation will be used for a recycling program at Southeastern; a conference on creation care; funding for a consultant for Southeastern’s L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture; and a book endowment for useful new materials. Continue reading here.

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  1. I’m really happy that Jonathan Merritt went after this grant money, and glad that Southeastern is up for the challenge of creating a recycling program. As one who worked to implement campus-wide recycling at Baylor University, I can tell you that it has been much more of a success now that the university administration has come on board with full support (thank you, Patti Orr!).
    I also applaud a creation care conference. These are wonderful ways to get Christians talking about stewardship of creation, and *hopefully* help take the politics out of the whole debate. It often seems like some Christians are so anti-global warming that they would prefer to purposefully destroy the environment, or at least actively do nothing to care for it. Creation care conferences allow us to talk about the responsibility Christians have to care for more than just themselves.

  2. This is a great development. I hope it is not just a flash in the pan, but represents a true greening of SBC theology and Southern Baptist commitment to fighting catastrophic climate change. I’d love to see the SBC retrofit its national headquarters in Nashville to be hyper-energy efficient, plus install solar panels, etc. to set an example. Then challenges churches to do the same and create Sunday School material, bulletin inserts, etc. on how individuals and churches can work to decrease their carbon footprints. I’d love to see them sponsor contests among churches to see which can have the most walk, bike, or take public transportation to church and for daily commutes–to buy energy efficient cars for when driving is a must. Etc., etc. Individual Christians, congregations, church agencies, etc. should be challenged to divest funds from coal and oil and invest in green energy.

    I do notice that nothing in the SBC declaration names carbon emissions as the primary culprit.

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