TEConversations - Care of Creation

TEConversations

Care of Creation

Care of creation is essential for any follower in the Jesus Movement. If we love God and love our neighbors, that love naturally extends to the fullness of God’s creation. Together, we are safeguarding the integrity of creation, and sustaining and renewing the life of the earth. How? By embracing simplicity and responsibility, growing local and regional eco-ministries, pursuing eco-justice with partners, and convening conversations around climate and faith.

Discussion Guide

In God’s hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are God’s also. The sea is God’s, for God made it, and the dry land, which God’s hands have formed. - Psalm 95:4-5

Meet the Speakers

The Most Rev. Dr. Thabo Cecil Makgoba
The Most Rev. Dr. Thabo Cecil Makgoba is the Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

He was born and spent his early years in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, and then – after his family was forcibly removed – spent the rest of his childhood in Pimville, Soweto. After his schooling at Orlando High, he studied for a BSc at the University of the Witwatersrand, then trained as a priest at St. Paul's College in Grahamstown, where he earned a Diploma in Theology.

After ordination, he served in various positions in Johannesburg Anglican Diocese, including at St Mary's Cathedral and the Church of Christ the King in Sophiatown, and as Anglican chaplain at Wits. During this time he also graduated at Wits with a BA (Honours) in Applied Psychology and an MEd in Educational Psychology and lectured at Wits, in the Division of Specialised Education and at the Wits College of Education, where he was Dean of Knockando Residence.

He was elected Bishop Suffragan of Grahamstown in 2002 – serving as Bishop of Queenstown, then as Bishop of Grahamstown in 2004 and as Archbishop in 2008. He pioneered the concept of indaba in the worldwide Anglican Communion as a means of getting to grips with difference, and was decorated by the Archbishop of Canterbury with the Cross of St Augustine for his role in the Communion. He currently chairs the Anglican Communion Environmental Network. He has and continues to serve as a Board Member in a number of NGO’s and both Ecumenical and Interfaith Bodies.

Since moving to Cape Town, he has earned a PhD from the University of Cape Town, for a thesis on Spirituality in the South African Mining Workplace. He has also received degrees of Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from the General Theological Seminary in New York and from Huron University College in Canada, University of the South (Sewanne, Tennessee).

He has in recent years taught MBA students at the University of Cape Town on Ethical Leadership and Stewardship, and is also an Executive in Residence at the Wits Business School. He served as a commissioner for the Press Freedom Commission under Justice Pius Langa and has been a panellist and discussion leader at various World Economic Forum meetings in Davos. He is currently the Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape. He has published two books, a short autobiographical account, Connectedness, 2005 and Workplace Spirituality in a Mine Context, 2012.

He is married to Lungi Manona and they have two children, Nyakallo and Paballo. He loves walking, nature and reading.

Bernadette Demientieff
Bernadette Demientieff is Alaska Native Gwich’in from Fort Yukon, Alaska. She is the executive director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee and serves on the advisory board of the Native Movement Alaska. She is the proud mother of five beautiful children and four grandchildren and is happily married to Jason Demientieff of Holy Cross Alaska.

Bernadette stands firm in her commitment to protecting Mother Earth and protecting the sacred place where life begins known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Her grandmother Marsis Moses is from Old Crow Yukon Territory of Canada and her grandfather Daniel Horace is from Fort Yukon, Alaska. Bernadette is involved with many groups including Defend the Sacred Alaska, an Indigenous-led coalition that stands up for our sacred lands and waters.

The Rev. Stephanie McDyre Johnson
For 20 years prior to her ordination as a priest in the Episcopal Church, Stephanie worked as an environmental planner and educator. Following her ordination, Reverend Johnson worked for the bishops of Province I providing support in reducing congregational energy use. She is currently the co-chair of the Episcopal Church’s Advisory Council on the Care of Creation.

Reverend Johnson is on the Leadership Council of Blessed Tomorrow and the Advisory Board of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Seminary. She is the co-author of a curriculum published by Church Publishing titled “A Life of Grace for the Whole World.” Reverend Johnson is the Rector at St. Paul’s in Riverside, CT. She’s been married to her husband, Gordon for 28 years, whom she met while at bagpipe camp as teenagers. Stephanie and Gordon have two children, Kyra and Robert. 

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