sustainGETS Lecture: Ecological Ministry as Spiritual Healing in the African American Beloved Community
Ecological Ministry as Spiritual Healing in the African American Beloved Community
Rev. Dr. Ventra Asana
Michigan Interfaith Power & Light
11:10 a.m. | Main Building, Room 205
About this Lecture
In African American communities beset by blight, the practice of an engaged ecological ministry to create green spaces performs as the site of spiritual healing. Green space can serve as the conduit for access to the divine in mystical ways that move beyond mere consciousness. Within this liminal space provision is available for spiritual reflection to usher in the agency of a “green aesthetic” to revitalize the broken ravaged landscape and persons residing within it to ecological and spiritual wholeness. The lecture will be followed by a guided eco-meditation utilizing the labyrinth.
About Rev. Dr. Ventra Asana
Rev. Dr. Ventra Asana, now retired, is an ordained Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 4th Episcopal District, where she served at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Detroit. She was ordained as Deacon Clergy in the United Methodist Church, serving various parishes in community outreach and ecology ministry from 2001 to 2012. Dr. Asana taught world religion at Henry Ford College from 2006 to 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in film studies from Wayne State University, a Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and received the Doctorate of Ministry from Ecumenical Theological Seminary in June 2015.
Dr. Asana sits on the board of directors of Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, whose mission is to promote best practices of environmental sustainability for a better world. Her area of specialty is working with churches to actively engage them in avenues of “divine earth care,” including community gardening, energy conservation, and contemplative practices such as labyrinth meditation.
This lecture is sponsored by sustainGETS, a student group dedicated to environmental sustainability that empowers students, faculty, and staff to be good stewards of the Earth. For information, go to garrett.edu/GoGreen