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Hope for Creation

March 18, 2017 | First United Methodist Church Madison
203 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI 53703

In an age of climate change, ecological degradation, and the growing environmental movement, how might Christians contribute to the regenerative healing of creation? This one-day workshop, led by Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart, assistant professor of theology and ecology at Garrett-Evangelical, will attend to the realities of humanity’s destructive impact on the environment, examine the relevance of Christian beliefs to an ecological worldview, and explore practical ways people of faith are engaging in mission and justice for the good of the earth.

Free childcare is available for children ages 10 and under. Lunch will be provided for all participants and for all children in childcare. To help in our sustainability efforts please bring your own reusable water bottle. Water will be provided.

Questions? Contact Erin Moore at or 847.866.3902.

Invitation from Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart



March 18, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Welcome by Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler, Lead Pastor at First United Methodist Church Madison
Introduction of Speaker by Dr. Lallene Rector, President of Garrett-Evangelical

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Presentation: "The Great UnCreation" by Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart, assistant professor of theology and ecology at Garrett-Evangelical

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch provided at the church

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Presentation: "For God So Loves the World: Earthkeeping as Discipleship" by Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart, assistant professor of theology and ecology at Garrett-Evangelical

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Breakout and Conclusion: "How can I leave today and incorporate what I have learned as an individual, within my congregation, and in the socio-political landscape?"

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Garrett-Evangelical Gathering (alums, current students, prospective students)

Rev. Dr. Timorthy Eberhart will also be preaching at the First United Methodist Church's Sunday Services on March 19, 2017.

Workshop Leader: Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart

About Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart

Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart earned his BA in Religion from St. Olaf College, where he graduated magna cum laude, and his MDiv from the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University and PhD from the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University. His doctoral dissertation under the direction of M. Douglas Meeks will be published this year as Rooted and Grounded in Love: Holy Communion for the Whole Creation (Wipf and Stock, 2017). He teaches courses in theology and ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, with a particular focus on the intersections of Christian doctrine, ecology, and political economy. Eberhart is an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served on various denominational boards and committees as well as many community based organizations.

Parking and Lunch


Please visit here to see parking options near First United Methodist Church Madison. The church has a small lot, so you may need to seek the alternative options when visiting the page linked above  "State St.-Capitol City Parking Ramp" and "Capitol Square North City Parking Ramp." There should be ample parking because the Farmer's Market does not begin until April 15th.


The lunch will be catered by the Goodman Center's Working Class Catering. They use local and organic ingredients while also integrating teens into all parts of the business, teaching them all aspects of running a full service catering company through their Teen Education and Employment Network program at the Center.  To read more about The Goodman Center's Working Class Catering visit:


Registration | Deadline: March 14, 2017

  • General Public: $15
  • Current or Prospective Garrett-Evangelical Students: Free

On-site regsitration will be available the day of the workshop.

Scholarships are available for those who may need it. Please contact Erin Moore for more information.

Participants in the workshop can also earn 0.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CEU certificates cost $25 and can be paid for ahead of time on the registration form.