On October 13-15, 2016 liaisons from partner schools across the nation will meet together for the Seminary Stewardship Alliance annual gathering, “Permaculture: Developing a Creation Care Culture in Christian Higher Ed,” in Portland, Oregon.
Purpose: Over these three days, the SSA will be discussing how to overcome systemic and cultural issues in our institutions as they relate to creation care. This will take place through plenary sessions, breakout groups, panel discussion, success stories shared, and networking times.
Kathryn M Schifferdecker became an assistant professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in 2006. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wisc., before teaching at Luther. A graduate of St. Olaf College (1990), she received a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School (1996) and a Th.D. from Harvard Divinity School (2005). While there, she served as a teaching fellow and was on the editorial staff of the Harvard Theological Review. She is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature. Professor Schifferdecker published Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job in 2008 with Harvard University Press.
Seth Bible was raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in East Tennessee & received his undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Carson-Newman College. He went on to graduate with a Master of Divinity & Doctorate of Philosophy from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary focusing his doctoral studies on the convergence of environmental ethics & virtue theory. Dr. Bible currently serves as the Director of Student Life & Adjunct Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of True North: Christ, the Gospel and Creation Care (with Mark Liederbach).
Steve Delamarter has been an Old Testament scholar and a theological educator since 1979. Since 1993, he has been professor of Old Testament at George Fox Evangelical Seminary (GFES). A fellow of the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Religion (’03-’05), Dr. Delamarter has an interest in the integration of science and faith. His academic background includes a BA in education and music theory and literature from Seattle Pacific University, 1975; MAR, Western Evangelical Seminary, 1979; MDiv, Western Evangelical Seminary, 1979; MA, Claremont Graduate School, 1984; PhD, Claremont Graduate School, 1990; Fellow of the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Religion, 2003-2005.
Benjamin Stewart is the Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship and Director of Advanced Studies at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. His academic interests include worship and ecology, and natural burial as a Christian practice. His academic background includes a B.A., Capital University, M.Div., Trinity Lutheran Seminary, S.T.M., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Ph.D., Emory University. In 2011, Dr. Stewart published A Watered Garden: Christian Worship and Earth’s Ecology. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress.
George Fox Evangelical Seminary is Christ-centered, broadly evangelical, and committed to equipping women and men holistically for local and global service. As part of this mission, GFES began their Christian Earthkeeping concentration. The purpose of the program is to form evangelical leaders who cultivate the care of creation in their communities.
Crowne Plaza Hotel is located just two miles from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. The hotel recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation. Seminary Stewardship Alliance will reserve rooms for annual gathering attendees for both nights (Thursday the 13th and Friday the 14th of October). Attendees will be assigned a roommate for their stay.
- How long will registration be open for?
- How many liaisons from each institution may come?
- What time does the gathering start and finish?
- Where is the annual gathering taking place?
- Will my travel expenses be reimbursed?
- I’m driving to the gathering; will I be reimbursed for my miles?
- Will transportation be provided from the airport to the hotel/George Fox Evangelical Seminary?
- What time is hotel check-in?
- How do I reserve my stay at the hotel?
- I need to fly in a day early, or fly out a day late, will the SSA cover the additional night spent at a hotel?
- Which meals are provided over the course of the gathering?
- My spouse would like to come; may they join?
- Is there a price limit for flights?
- Will SSA cover the cost of carbon offset?
- What should I wear to the annual gathering?
How long will registration be open for?
Registration for the annual gathering closes on October 1, 2016. Please complete registration prior to this date.
How many liaisons from each institution may come?
SSA will cover the travel expense for up to two representatives from each partner school to attend. Travel for additional representatives will be at the expense of the member school.
What time does the gathering start and finish?
The gathering will begin with dinner at 5pm on Thursday, October 13th, and end at noon on Saturday, October 15th.
Where is the annual gathering taking place?
The annual gathering is taking place at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. If you are planning to travel by air, please fly into Portland International Airport (PDX).
Will my travel expenses be reimbursed?
Yes, within reason. We ask that you carefully steward the alliance’s resources. The less we spend on travel expenses, the more that the SSA is able to put towards mission oriented work so please be frugal as you purchase flights. Please email receipts to Madalyn@blessedearth.org. Flights will be reimbursed at the conference or within the week following. Please note that the SSA will be unable to reimburse flights purchased for conference “no shows” due to any reason other than a personal medical emergency.
I’m driving to the gathering; will I be reimbursed for my miles?
If you are planning to drive to the gathering from somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, please complete a reimbursement form at the conference. Miles will be reimbursed at $.54 per mile. Alternatively, if it would be cheaper, it is possible to rent a car and turn in a receipt for the rental and gas.
Will transportation be provided from the airport to the hotel/George Fox Evangelical Seminary?
Thursday through Saturday, transportation will be arranged to and from Portland International Airport, the Crown Plaza Hotel in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and George Fox Evangelical Seminary. If you will require a car outside of these times, please arrange your own transportation. (Portland has a great Uber and Lyft network.)
What time is hotel check-in?
Hotel check-in is from 3-5pm at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Early check-in may be able to be arranged with advanced notice.
How do I reserve my stay at the hotel?
Register online. You will receive an email from the SSA admin, confirming the dates which you require lodging. The SSA will book a room at the Crown Plaza Hotel for both nights of the gathering (Thursday, October 13th and Friday, October 14th). Closer to the date, you will receive a second email with information on who your roommate will be.
I need to fly in a day early, or fly out a day late, will the SSA cover the additional night spent at a hotel?
Due to budget restrictions, the SSA will not pay for additional nights’ hotel stay. However, the hotel at which our group will be lodging is offering the same group rate to members of our group for the night prior to the gathering (Wednesday, October 12th), and the night following the gathering (Saturday, October 15th). To reserve your stay with the group rate, please contact the Crown Plaza Hotel at (503) 624-8400 and make a booking with the group name, “Seminary Stewardship Alliance.” Our group rate has recently been reduced to $135 per night plus taxes and fees (currently 13.8%).
Which meals are provided over the course of the gathering?
Thursday dinner through Saturday breakfast will be provided by the SSA. For this reason, please make sure to note any dietary restrictions on your registration form. Every effort will be taken to accommodate for these if communicated ahead of time.
My spouse would like to come; may they join?
Your spouse is welcome to come to the gathering. Please ensure that both of you are registered prior to the registration cut-off, October 1st. Although travel will be paid for up to two liaisons from each partner school, the SSA will not cover flight costs for additional persons. We would be happy to provide local transportation to/from airport, hotel, and restaurants where group meals will be held. Meals will be covered by the SSA. As we are asking all our liaisons to share a hotel room, we ask that if your spouse will be joining you, that you pay for half the hotel accommodation. The hotel room cost has recently been reduced to $135 a night plus taxes and fees (currently 13.8%). If you will be flying in, the hotel room cost may be deducted from your flight reimbursement.
Is there a price limit for flights?
A price cap was not set this year. Instead, we ask that each liaison keep in mind that the less that is spent on travel, the more funds may be put towards sustainability efforts and creation care. Please steward the SSA finances the way you steward the planet.
Will SSA cover the cost of carbon offset?
Our long term intention is for the SSA to be able to cover this expense. In the future, the SSA will seek funding for carbon offset, however, at present, our budget does not allow for us to cover carbon offset. We would be very pleased to hear that you are covering this yourself in the meantime if you are able.
What should I wear to the annual gathering?
While there is no official dress code for “Permaculture,” we suggest business casual attire. Historically, Portland averages a daily maximum temperature for October that’s between 61 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. The minimum temperature usually falls between 44 and 48 °F.
For additional information or questions about registration, email Madalyn Salz at email@example.com.