Hope for Creation Fund

Investing in ecological justice for the church, the academy, and the world

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is committed to addressing the urgent environmental crises facing the world’s peoples today and to promoting the just and wise care of God’s creation for the flourishing of all. This commitment is rooted in an affirmation of God’s love for the world, an embrace of our human vocation to be faithful stewards of the good earth, and an active hope in God’s promise to establish justice and righteousness throughout the land.


Theological education has a unique role to play in the great work of transitioning toward a more life-sustaining and socially just future. Garrett-Evangelical is poised to meet this urgent challenge. In particular, we aim to strengthen our longstanding commitments to ecological justice in three distinct but overlapping ways:

At a time of so many urgent planetary crises, our religious communities are called to respond with resources of moral courage, theological depth, and practical knowledge.


Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart
L. Robert and Marilyn McClean Chair in Ecological Theology and Practice
Director, Center for Ecological Regeneration

Where your support is needed

Endowed Center for Ecological Regeneration

$2 million is needed to endow a Center for Ecological Regeneration to support an annual budget for staffing, research, conferences/ workshops, an online journal, and public eco-theological engagement with partners in the Evanston community, Chicago area, Midwest region, and beyond.

Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart Speaking

Endowed Student Scholarships

$5 million is needed to support full-tuition scholarships for five students a year (at the endowment cost of $400,000 per student per year) for up to three years as part of an eco-cohort of no more than 15 total students.

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Greening of the Seminary

$1 million is needed to support the implementation of the sustainGETS Environmental Stewardship Plan, which identifies key sustainability goals across all areas internal to the seminary’s operations.

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How to Give


Gifts of all sizes, including monthly gifts and five-year pledges, are welcomed. To explore the multiple ways you can support the Hope for Creation fund, please contact Joe Emmick, vice president of development, at joe.emmick@garrett.edu or at 847.866.3923.

Want to make your gift online?

You can make your gift safely and securely using our online system. Be sure to designate your gift to the “Hope for Creation Fund.”

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