Lake Junaluska schedules environmental seminar


How can the church “go green?” This popular way of taking care of the earth will be explored March 5-8 during the fourth annual Caring for Creation seminar.

Speakers and workshops will address how the faith community can promote justice for the Earth and its people. The seminar will provide biblical and theological support for developing opportunities for faith communities to be caretakers of this planet.

The Rev. Jimmy L. Carr, executive director of Lake Junaluska (N.C.) retreat center, said this is the time to take action in caring for the world. “Lake Junaluska is happy to host the fourth Caring for Creation event. We believe that churches and individuals will benefit from an event focused on helping the environment. These are crucial times where we have the opportunity be educated and act on promoting justice for the Earth. Being a part of Caring for Creation is one of many opportunities to do our part,” he said.

Dr. Michael Battle, president of Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, will be one of the main speakers. Battle said theoecology is one of his focuses. “The commandment God gave to the human family was an ecological commandment to manage the earth and its resources with responsibility.  The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) has made what we’ve termed “theoecology”, blending faith and environmental stewardship, a primary focus.  We are “greening” our campus and endeavoring to be a model for others in the faith community to become better stewards of this wonderful gift of God we call earth toward creating a ‘New Eden,’” he said. 

Participants will have the opportunity to attend three of 15 workshops to be held at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center.

A downloadable brochure with event registration form and registration fee and housing information is available at

For information, contact Pam Naplen at or 828-454-6656.