Ministers' Week examines environmental issues

Candler School of Theology will celebrate Ministers' Week 1995 from Jan. 9-11 with a series of lectures and workshops on "Care for the Earth: Sustaining Our Fragile Home."

Eminent German theologians Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendell, author of God: His and Hers and Love: The Foundation of Hope, and Jürgen Moltmann, professor of systematic theology at the University of Tübingen, are among the guest speakers who will address the 60th convocation of Candler alumni and area ministers.

"Candler is pleased to host our annual Ministers' Week and to bring to campus United Methodist Church leaders and internationally known scholars to discuss the important topic of the environment," said Candler Dean R. Kevin LaGree. "The convocation will provide the opportunity to learn more about and to reflect on the meaning of the stewardship of the earth to which God calls the church."

The schedule includes:

* United Methodist Bishop Kenneth L. Carder will reflect on "Glenn and Methodism Into the 21st Century," at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church;

* Carder also will discuss "A Threatened Creation, A Consumerist Church, and God's Economy" at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, at Cannon Chapel;

* A sermon, "Revolutionary Petunias," will be delivered by Beverly Shamana, who works in ethnic, justice and outreach ministries in the California-Pacific Annual Conference, during a worship service at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Cannon Chapel;

* Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendell will lecture on "Rediscovery of the Body: New Spirituality" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, in Cannon Chapel;

* Jürgen Moltmann will discuss "Rediscovery of the Earth: New Spirituality" at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Cannon Chapel.

Workshops and conversation groups will take place from 2-3:30 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Topics and leaders include:

* "Who is My Neighbor? Ethical Reflections Around Sustaining Human Life," led by Kathy Kinlaw, associate director of the Emory Ethics Center;

* "The Environment and the Old Testament," led by Gene Tucker, professor of Old Testament at Candler; and

* "Developing a Ministry of Caring for God's Creation," led by William E. Nickle, director of Narrow Ridge, a theological ecology and spiritual retreat center in eastern Tennessee.

For information call 727-6352.

-- Nancy Seideman