Chapels, workshop focus on caring for God's creation

Release Date: September 25, 2009

PLAINVIEW – A series of chapel lectures and a two-day workshop at Wayland Baptist University are focused on the concept of environmental stewardship and the Biblical basis behind creation care.

Dr. Ed Brown, founder of Care of Creation, Inc., will be the keynote speaker for the 11 a.m. chapel service on Wednesday, Sept. 30 in Harral Auditorium, sharing about the Biblical basis for caring for the earth and its resources.

Brown will then lead a two-day workshop beginning Friday, Oct. 2, from 6:30-9 p.m. and continuing Saturday, Oct. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to noon called “Our Father’s World.” The workshop will be held in the McClung Center room 211 and is free and open to the public.

Then on Wednesday, Oct. 7, Dr. Craig Sorley, an environmentalist from Kenya who works with Care of Creation as well, will speak at chapel at 11 a.m. Both chapel services are free and open to the public as well.

Brown and wife Susanna served in the mission field for many years before returning to the United States and diving into the topic of Christian environmental stewardship. After serving as Chief Operating Officer of Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, Brown started Care of Creation ministry in 2005 and has become a widely respected figure among Christian environmentalists. He authored the book Our Father’s World: Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation and hosts many workshops for congregations and communities around the country using a Biblical basis for stewardship of the environment and the church’s role in solving environmental issues.

Care of Creation has partnerships in the United Kingdom and in Kenya with Sorley, who began working in 2003 with conservation and stewardship issues in the African nation. His work is based at Brackenhurst Conference Center, which shares a home with Wayland’s Kenya program. Sorley is the son of missionaries, educated in natural resource conservation and previously serving on the mission field himself in Haiti and Kenya with wife Tracy. Sorley is also an instructor for WBU at the Kenya location.

Care of Creation has a mission to “pursue a God-centered response to environmental challenges that brings glory to the Creator, advances the cause of Christ, and leads to a transformation of the people and the land that sustains them.”