As an ecumenical theological seminary devoted to pursuing Scholarship, Piety, and Justice in service to God’s new creation in Jesus Christ, MTS is working to enhance our participation in creation care by joining in the Green Seminary Initiative.
The Green Seminary Initiative is a program organized by Drew Theological School and the interfaith environmental coalition GreenFaith which is premised on two convictions:
1. The religious community has a unique and significant calling to turn back human-caused environmental destruction and to participate in bringing all of creation into health and wholeness.
2. Theological schools should provide clergy and religious leaders with the tools necessary for them to lead their congregations, communities and organizations in meeting their unique call to protect and restore creation.
While this will be a unique process for MTS as it is for any school, we will soon be listed as a “Green Seminary” indicating that we have assembled a Green Team in order to pursue the five areas as outlined by the Green Seminaries Initiative:
- adding more creation care elements to the curriculum
- hosting lecture series devoted to creation care topics
- offering practical experiences to students, etc.
Liturgy, Ritual, and Worship
- organizing chapel and prayer services devoted to creation care, etc.
Buildings and Grounds
- increasing energy efficiency and recycling
- reducing carbon footprint and water usage
- using more environmentally friendly materials
- developing outdoor green spaces, etc.
- using more eco-friendly foods and materials for refreshments, receptions, and meals on campus
- keeping consistent communication about ways for the MTS community to engage in creation care and about our progress as a Green Seminary, etc.
- developing an environmental mission statement and integrating it throughout the seminary’s work and identity
- partnering with the larger community as a center of the church’s learning, training, action, and witness, etc.
The MTS Green Team currently comprises: Director of the Center for Faith and Imagination and DMin student in Land, Food, and Faith Formation Martha Lyle Ford (chair), Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Peter Gathje, Coordinator of Academic and Alumni Affairs and DMin student in Land, Food, and Faith Formation Nathan Brasfield, Administrative Assistant for Facilities and Safety Victoria Sikes, and Director of the Starks Scholarship Fund and DMin student in Leadership Dianne Love.
If you are a current student or alumnus/alumnae of MTS, and you are interested in serving on the Green Team, or if you would like more information about the Green Seminary Initiative at MTS, contact Martha Lyle Ford, 901-334-5856.
Recordings of God’s Call to Creation Care and Environmental Justice
a special series of Sunday Morning Seminary sponsored by a grant from the United Methodist Earthkeepers
Scriptural and Theological Foundations of Creation Care with Dr. Valerie Bridgeman of The Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice with Dr Laurel Kearns of Drew University
Food Justice and Food Apartheid in Memphis with Dr. Emily Holmes of Christian Brothers University