Campus Pastor Noni Strand will share her passion for sustainability beyond the Bethany College campus this week by presenting a workshop at First Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb. For the Healing of the Earth: Ritual, Reflection, and Response is a multigenerational, interactive workshop that draws upon the resources of people of faith to address the environmental crisis and issues of sustainability that affect everyone.Strand’s unique approach to sustainability is rooted in the belief that spiritual and religious resources across all religions are key for helping address the environmental crisis – and related economic, social justice and spiritual crises that are interconnected. “Like the Body of Christ image in I Corinthians 12, we are connected with one another and all of Creation,” Strand said. “When one member or species or biome suffers, all suffer together with it.”
As facilitator of Bethany’s academic minor in sustainability, Strand shares her perspective of faith, interconnection, and interdependency with the Bethany community through her many efforts including Earth Day events, Green Team, and the community garden. She has served as Bethany’s campus pastor since 1991. She is a graduate of Bethany College and earned a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology and was ordained as a Pastor in the Lutheran Church in American in 1986.
The workshop in Lincoln is scheduled for Sunday, March 30 from noon to 4 p.m.
For those interested in learning more about sustainability, Strand suggestions two DVDs – “Chasing Ice” and “Bidder 70” as well as the following books:
– Moral Ground: Ethical action for a planet in peril, compilation of authors
– Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver
– Simpler Living Compassionate Life, compilation of authors
– Claiming Earth as Common Ground – The Ecological Crisis through the Lens of Faith, by Andrea Cohen-Kiener
– Love God Heal Earth – 21 Leading Religious Voices Speak Out on Our Scared Duty to Protect the Environment, compilation of authors
– Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values of Healing Ourselves and the World, by Wangari Maathai