New Continuing Education Certificate: Creation Care


For such a time as this, Lexington Theological Seminary’s new continuing education option for pastors and congregational lay leaders prepares you for more effective leadership as we unpack issues that directly impact ministry today. This six-course series is designed to meet the needs of today’s leaders in the church, allowing you to study online and earn eight Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within a 12-month timeline, culminating in a Certificate in Continuing Education. Beginning in September 2020, Creation Care will consist of the following courses:

Sallie McFague’s Environmental Theology (September 2020)

Dr. Emily Askew founded the LTS Green Task Force, a group committed to environmentally just practices in the seminary. Her current research puts theology in conversation with environmental studies and other fields. She is the Associate Professor of Systematic Theology.

Climate Change: Caring for Our Planet, Caring for Ourselves (October 2020)

Rev. Dr. Richard R. Coble is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and serves as an associate pastor for Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville, N.C. He is an LTS Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care.

Church, Society, and the Ethics of Global Warming (November 2020)

Rev. Dr. Christy Newton, an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), serves as the Senior Minister of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Vallejo, Calif. She is an LTS Adjunct Professor of Christian Ethics.

Food and Faith (March 2021)

Rev. Dr. Wilson Dickinson is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), writer and Director of The Green Good News. He is the LTS Director of the D.Min. & Lay and Continuing Education Programs.

Creation Crisis Preaching and Worship (April 2021)

Rev. Dr. Leah Schade is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and “EcoPreacher” blogger for Patheos. Prior to coming to LTS, she pastored in Pennsylvania. She is the LTS Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship.

Womanism, Creation Care, and Justice (May 2021)

Dr. Mitzi J. Smith is the J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. She is one of three black women biblical scholars in the USA with an endowed chair. She is an LTS Adjunct Professor of New Testament and Womanist Hermeneutics.

The cost of the Certificate in Continuing Education is $1,100. You will have the opportunity to make 12 monthly payments of $92.50 each. If you choose to prepay as a lump sum, you will pay a discounted amount of $1,000. This cost includes tuition and course fees (Note: This does not include the one-time application fee of $65).

Applications must be completed by July 15, 2020.

For further information, contact Dean Loida Martell at or (859) 280-1256.

The mission of Lexington Theological Seminary is to prepare faithful leaders for the church of Jesus Christ and thus to strengthen the church’s participation in God’s mission for the world.

Lexington Theological Seminary seeks to be a servant of the church by preparing men and women for ministry in congregations through innovative instruction, a flexible curriculum, congregational experience and compassionate engagement with the needs of society. The Seminary offers an online program that is competency-based, congregation-centered and reflects its commitment to prepare people for leadership in congregational ministry.

As an integral part of the church, the Seminary serves the church as a theological resource and as a center of continuing education for clergy and lay leaders.