2023 EcoFaith Summit

Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 09:30am to 03:30pm

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Duluth

The Pollinator Plot: Cross+Pollination in a Time of Ecological Crisis

This event takes place in Duluth and is also available online. Co-presented by: EcoFaith Network of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod, Northwest Synod of Wisconsin Creation Care, and Saint Paul Area Synod Care of Creation

In a moment of deep ecological crisis, this year’s EcoFaith Summit calls us to become part of the Holy Spirit’s subversive plot to pollinate an alternative way of being human for the sake of life. In this plot, we find our model and hope from pollinator species. These tiny, apparently powerless, often overlooked and disregarded creatures, whose drastic decline endangers so much we depend upon, are a key to the regeneration of life itself.

 

In this great plot, faith communities of every size and place can be demonstration plots, pollinating alternative ways of living. We all steward plots of land, even tiny ones, which can become pollinator habitat. In this critical and decisive time, a ‘Kairos’ moment, what we do with our specific plots wherever we are, matters. How we live the Gospel paradox that God’s power is shown in weakness can engage us in active hope amid the growing crisis we face.

 

Through worship, keynote presentation from Margot Monson (entomologist and beekeeper), diverse storytellers, conversations, and engagement sessions, together we will be empowered to be participants in this unfolding plot.

Schedule of Activities:

9:30 a.m. - Registration and coffee and refreshments/ table exhibits
10 a.m. - Opening
10:15 a.m. - Keynote presentation
11:10 a.m. - Storytelling presentations
Noon - Lunch and time to visit table exhibits
1-1:45 p.m. - Engagement session 1
2-2:45 p.m. - Engagement session 2
3 p.m. - Sending worship
3:30 p.m. - Reception and networking

Engagement sessions offered in-person at Gloria Dei, Duluth, include:

  • Church as Demonstration Plot
  • Cross+Pollinating Relationships
  • Planting the Pollinator Plot
  • Pollinating Public Action

 

Engagement sessions offered online over Zoom include:

  • Storytelling for Care of Creation and Eco-Justice Across Differences (presenter: Professor Mary Hess, Luther Seminary)
  • Planting the Pollinator Plot