LTS Featured in Report on Ecologically Informed Theological Education
Lexington Theological Seminary was included in the Report on Ecologically Informed Theological Education by the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (Oct. 2017, Fourth Revised Edition). The report surveyed 256 seminaries and found 61, or 24% of the sample group, offered courses on faith and ecology. The Report highlights 34 seminaries that offer multiple courses on environmental theology. LTS was included because of the six different course offerings in its curriculum, including, “Church, Society and the Ethics of Global Warming,” “Sallie McFague’s Environmental Theology,” and “Flourishing Together: Creation and the Human Community.” These and other courses, as well as the seminary’s Green Task Force, demonstrate the school’s commitment to preparing faithful leaders for the church and strengthening the church’s participation in God’s mission for the world by attending to the ecological justice issues that affect ministry and God’s Creation.
Three LTS Faculty attend Ecology Symposium
Drs. Emily Askew, Leah Schade, and Wilson Dickenson attended the Midwest Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education at Methodist Theological Seminary of Ohio in October 2017. In addition, Drs. Askew and Schade toured the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State University and learned about their efforts to collect ice cores from glaciers around the planet before they disappear due to global warming. The symposium included faculty and deans from five states exploring the emerging field of faith-based environmental education in seminaries and theological schools. In addition to panel discussions and formal presentations, the symposium included opportunities for networking and discussion on integrating ecology in courses in theology, Bible, liturgy, ethics, and more, as well as innovate new courses. The LTS professors returned with ideas and insights to share with the Green Task Force to integrate care-of-Creation commitments into teaching, learning, and seminary life.
LTS Celebrates Earth Day
The Green Task Force held an Earth Day service blessing seeds, soil, water, and new plants for the seminary. The GTF also led a Creation-care service for June intensives.
Ways in which GTF has worked to “green” LTS:
- Using recyclable disposable utensils, cups, bowls, and plates
- Featuring local foods for meals during intensives
- Serving at least one meatless meal during intensives
- Composting coffee grounds
- Purchasing Fair Trade tea
- Purchasing plants for the offices in memory of departed faculty and staff