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Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship

September 27, 2018 - September 29, 2018

Sept. 27–29, 2018

As God’s people, the church is called to imagine and embody alternative ways of relating to the land that cultivate shalom among human beings, the rest of creation and God. To do this, we must be deeply rooted in the biblical text and engaged with present-day movements to protect the land and its resources. AMBS is pleased to announce the fourth conference, building on prior events.

2018 Keynote speakers

  • Valerie Bridgeman, Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School in Ohio
  • Karenna Gore, founder of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary
  • Randy Woodley, Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture at Portland Seminary

Schedule overview

Thursday, September 27: lunch presentation, afternoon papers and workshops, late afternoon networking time, evening worship and keynote by Karenna Gore

Friday, September 28: morning papers and workshops, chapel, afternoon immersion experiences (exploring regional efforts), evening worship and keynote by Valerie Bridgeman

Saturday, September 29: keynote by Randy Woodley, workshops, closing conversations, ending at noon

Conference location

The AMBS campus, with areas of native grass and wildflowers, rain gardens, a prayer labyrinth and a walking path, will provide opportunities for learning, recreation and meditation.

What to expect

The three days will weave together worship, theology, biblical study and praxis. In addition to keynote presentations, papers and workshops, participants will join in several worship services. An afternoon of immersion experiences will give participants opportunities to explore conservation and restoration efforts in the region.


September 27, 2018
September 29, 2018




Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
3003 Benham Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46517
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