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Hope for Creation - Minneapolis

February 17-18, 2018 | Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

February 17

On Saturday, February 17th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart, assistant professor of theology and ecology at Garrett-Evangelical, will lead a series of workshop sessions that explore how Christians are called to share in the healing of creation. Participants will reflect on the spiritual implications of environmental degradation, examine the relevance of Christian beliefs to an ecological perspective, and explore practical ways people of faith are engaged in mission and justice for the good of the earth. Music performed by singer-songwriter Leslie Ball will ground and uplift our reflections throughout the day.

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 and/or coffee mug. Water, coffee, and tea will be provided.

February 18

On Sunday, February 18, Dr. Eberhart will preach at Hennepin’s 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship services. Singer-songwriter Sara Thomsen will share her soulful and poetic music during both services.

Questions? Contact Erin Moore at or 847.866.4547.


February 17, 2018

9:00 a.m.
Registration and Packet Pick Up

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Music performed by singer-songwriter Leslie Ball

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Welcome by Rev. Judy Zabel, Senior Pastor at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, and Dr. Lallene J. Rector, President of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
“The Great UnCreation: What have we done?”  led by Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ecology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 

11:15 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Music performed by singer-songwriter Leslie Ball 

11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
“For God so Loves the World: What do we believe?” led by Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart

12:25 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
“Earthkeeping as Discipleship: What are we to do?” led by Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart

2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Ritual and Sending Forth

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Reception for Garrett-Evangelical Alums and Prospective and Current Students

February 18, 2018

Dr. Eberhart will preach, "Cosmic Christ, Earthly Hope," at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services. Singer-songwriter Sara Thomsen will share her soulful and poetic music during both services.

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. He recently published 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.

Registration | Lunch guaranteed for those who RSVP by February 13, 2018, registration after February 13 including day of registration is possible with limited lunch availability 

  • 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.



Hope for Creation is sponsored by the Rev. Richard A. Heim Memorial Lecture Fund. This fund was established in 1971 in memory of Rev. Heim by his friends and family. Rev. Heim graduated with his masters of divinity degree in 1931 from Evangelical Theological Seminary, which later merged with Garrett Theological Seminary to become Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He served as a pastor in Nebraska for nearly 40 years and was a member of the Garrett-Evangelical Board of Trustees.