For 27 years, Ghost Ranch has hosted leaders in the Church, international affairs, politics and social justice organizations in annual discussion regarding moral issues facing church and society. This year in Signs of the Times Fostering Watershed Discipleship we build on the theme of Eco-Spirituality bringing together biologists, a poet and medical anthropologist, musicians, theologians, educators and community leaders.
“El agua es vida’ translated from Spanish means ‘water is life.’ In the high desert of Northern New Mexico, water is not just a natural resource, it is a feature of culture, tradition, community, and the partnerships that sustain life. The high desert of northern New Mexico is an artifact of a great ancient sea and the catalytic forces that shaped this place.
The keynote speaker Wallace J Nichols, PCUSA Ministers, and Music Ministers will supplement the group theme time together but are not full stand-alone workshops. To register choose one of the tracks listed below.
Wallace J Nichols, Dr. Wallace “J.” Nichols, called “Keeper of the Sea” by GQ Magazine and “a visionary” by Outside Magazine is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, bestselling author, a sought-after lecturer, and fun-loving Dad. He is sea turtle biologist and author of New York Times bestseller, Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do.
His experiences as a field research scientist, government consultant, founder and director of numerous businesses and nonprofit organizations, teacher, mentor, parent, and advisor all support his quest to build a stronger and more diverse blue movement. For more information, see wallacejnichols.org
Ministering Peace and Justice will be provided by Laurie Kraus, Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, PCUSA and Sara Lisherness, Director, Compassion, Peace & Justice Ministry, PCUSA. These dynamic leaders from PCUSA will organize this week’s worship in response to the wonderful experiences in eco-spirituality that will emerge and unfold.
The Sounds of Peace and Justice in eco-spirituality will be provided by Tim Gibbs-Zehnder and Tom Zehnder. These brothers lend their hearts and music for social justice during morning worship, evening concert, and spontaneous moments throughout the week! For more information, see ztheband.com.
Writer-activist Audre Lorde challenges us to “do our own work” to name, engage and heal disparities, personally and politically. Explore how to become more responsible settlers…
Climate Change Biology combines the science of climate change with artistic expression for personal growth. In this course, explore climate change through: (1) classroom studies on…
The muse and imagination of signs of the times, Howard lends his talents as a poet (read Light & Shadow, 2016) and keen observer to the…
Dr. Wallace “J.” Nichols, called “Keeper of the Sea” by GQ Magazine and “a visionary” by Outside Magazine is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild
Elaine Enns has been working in the field of restorative justice since 1989. For the first 15 years of her career, she was part of the pioneering generation of contemporary restorative justice practitioners whose focus was
Stephen B. Hager, Ph.D., is a biology professor at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, where he has been teaching and doing research in biology for nearly 20 years. In his classes, he explores with students
Howard F. Stein, Ph.D., an organizational, applied, psychoanalytic, and medical anthropologist, as well as poet, is professor emeritus in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, where
Sara Pottschmidt Lisherness is the Director of the Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry area of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) This ministry area includes poverty and hunger alleviation, disaster response, development, peacemaking, faith-based investing and corporate
The Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus directs Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the national and international response agency for the Presbyterian Church (USA), and an associate director for the ministries of Compassion, Peace and Justice in the
Relentlessly optimistic, Tim brings his down-home folk-singing upbringing from the hills of West L.A. to a sincere interest in progressive thought, sound and visuals. Most of the time he’s plucking bass or cracking doumbek, but
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