God, Creation & Climate Conference
Saturday, March 21st, 2015
On March 21st we welcomed over 100 people to Mammel Hall in Omaha for our second annual conference exploring the faith community’s response to climate change. Keynote speaker Dr. Richard Miller, associate professor of systematic theology at Creighton University, delivered the morning talk entitled “Waking the Sleeping Giant: the Role of Faith Communities in the Race to Preserve a Habitable Planet.” Seven Nebraska climate leaders gave excellent presentations in subsequent breakout sessions later in the morning.
Attendees included people from dozens of faith traditions: Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Unitarian Universalist, United Methodist, Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ, Jewish, Assembly of God, Episcopalian, as well as several representing the “spiritual but not religious” category– the fastest-growing demographic in the U.S. People came from Omaha and Lincoln, and several places further afield in Nebraska as well. All enjoyed the beautiful setting of the LEED-gold building (a high rank in the use of sustainable principles in the building design and operation), delicious food and great camaraderie among new acquaintances.
Download the video of the keynote address: Waking the Sleeping Giant: the Role of Faith Communities in the Race to Preserve a Habitable Climate by Dr. Richard Miller. (YouTube version coming soon!)
See some of the breakout session presentations here:
- Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska by Dr. Donald Wilhite, Professor of Applied Climate Science, University of Nebraska.
- Clean Energy Choices for Nebraska by Duane Hovorka, Executive Director of the Nebraska Wildlife Federation.
- Churches Going Solar by Michael Shonka, Owner, Solar Heat & Electric.