We are excited to present a special series of Sunday Morning Seminary in February 2021, featuring guest instructors and focused on the topics of creation care and environmental justice. 

Session 1 (Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 9:00 am CST)
Scriptural and Theological Foundations of Creation Care
Taught by Dr. Valerie Bridgeman, Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible, Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio

Session 2 (Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:00 am CST)
Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice
Taught by Dr. Laurel Kearns, Associate Professor of Sociology and Religion and Environmental Studies, Drew Theological School and the Graduate Division of Religion of Drew University
Optional site visits to environmental justice and Superfund sites in Memphis led by Scott Banbury and Rita Harris of the Sierra Club in Memphis (participants will provide their own transportation; more info coming soon)

Session 3 (Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 9:00 am CST)
Food Justice and Food Apartheid in Memphis
Taught by Dr. Emily Holmes, Associate Professor in Religion and Philosophy at Christian Brothers University, Memphis

Session 4 (Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 9:00 am CST)
Where Do We Grow From Here?
A roundtable discussion of Creation Care and Environmental Justice practitioners in Memphis and the Mid-South

This special series is funded by a grant from the United Methodist EarthKeepers and is sponsored by the Green Seminary Initiative at Memphis Theological Seminary.

The pandemic has brought to attention how useful online meetings can be for bringing the expertise of accomplished scholars in the fields of biblical studies, church history, Christian ethics, and church ministry to you at home.

Sunday Morning Seminary offers you the chance to hear from our professors or guest instructors, to ask them questions and to engage in discussion with other participants through Zoom’s Q&A and Chat features.

All courses are held online on the Zoom webinar platform on Sundays from 9:00 am-10:00 am central time.

If you are unable to join us live, recordings are made available by the Tuesday following on the Sunday Morning Seminary web page.

After registering, on the Friday prior to the Sunday class, you will receive the Zoom link you need to join the meeting through the email address you provide on the registration form. (If you register after Friday, the Zoom link will be sent to you on Sunday morning.)

*Even if you have registered for previous Sunday Morning Seminary courses, you will need to register again if you wish to participate in this series.*

Click here to familiarize yourself with the Zoom platform prior to class, and try consulting the Zoom Help Center if you run into any problems.




View lessons from the original (Summer 2020) semester:

View lessons from the second (Fall 2020) semester:

  • Faith Formation in the 21st Century with Dr. Carmichael Crutchfield
  • “For Thine is the Kingdom”: Christianity and Empire, Past and Present with Dr. Janel Kragt Bakker
  • Wisdom from Job: Giving and Receiving Comfort in Times of Suffering with Dr. Tricia Vesely
  • Faith, Doubt, and Suffering: Some Liberation Theological Lessons for Life Today with Dr. Scott Prather (Week 1, Week 2)
  • They Still Spark Wonder: New Light on the New Testament Christmas Stories with Dr. Mitzi Minor

Sunday Morning Seminary does not provide credit toward degree or certificate programs. Please click here for more information about degree and certificate programs at MTS, as well as about auditing master’s level courses and studying as a non-degree seeking student.

Questions or suggestions? Contact Nathan Brasfield at nbrasfield@memphisseminary.edu

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