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1985 - Missionary Earthkeeping Forum

In 1985, Au Sable held a forum on Missionary Earthkeeping, in which scholars and missionaries gathered to discuss how the missionary field could "join biblical teachings on earthkeeping with ecological knowledge to bring Good News to the world - Good News that announces and honors God and Jesus Christ as Creator, sustainer, and reconciler of all things." The conference was later turned into an edited volume called Missionary Earthkeeping by Sir Ghillean Prance, Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, and Dr. Calvin DeWitt, Au Sable Institute Executive Director and Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Conference Proceedings

Conference Schedule

Conference Abstracts

What is Missionary Earthkeeping? by Ghillean T. Prance, New York Botanical Gardens, New York

Keynote: There is an Environmental Crisis by Norman Myers, Consultant in Environment and Development, United Kingdom

Missionary Earthkeeping: An Overview by Dennis Testerman, Missionary Candidate for Pakistan, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Missionary Earthkeeping: A Case Study in the Tropical Forest by Ghillean T. Prance, New York Botanical Gardens, New York

Ecofarming and Land Ownership in Ghana by Rev. Robert Clobus, Society of African Missions
     Response to Clobus by Stephen Monsma, Calvin College, Michigan

Redeemed People, Redeemed Land by Fred Van Dyke, Fort Wayne Bible College, Indiana
     Response to Van Dyke by Richard Hodgson, Dordt College, Iowa

Environmental Impacts of a Church Project in a Zairian Village by Mutombo Mpanya, The Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

From Salutation to Satiation, Some Spiritual and Cultural Factors in Conservation Based Development Projects by Leon Watson, Michigan State University

God's Abundant Resources for the Struggle Against World Hunger by Martin Price, Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO), Florida
     Response to Price by Thomas C. Dent, Gordon College, Massachusetts

Integrated Holistic Development and the World Mission of the Church by Jim Gustafson, Center for Church Planting and Church Growth in N.E. Thailand
     Response to Gustafson by Jeff Weidenhauer, Brethren House Ministries

Our Lord's Understanding of Nature and Local Culture as Illustrated in Parables by Stephen Smith, Trinity Episopal School of Ministry, Pennsylvania
     Response to Smith by Loren Wilkenson, Regent College, British Columbia

The Ecological Awareness of the Amazon Indians by Ghillean T. Prance, The New York Botanical Garden, New York

The Earth is the Lord's: Global Issues in Man's Environment by James Kraakevik, Bill Graham Center, Wheaton College, Illinois
     Response to Kraakevik by Ragnar Overby, World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Swimming Up Stream in the Third World: A Christian Critique of the Development Process by Vincent P. Miller, Jr., Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
     Response to Miller by Max Terman, Tabor College, Kansas

Scripturally and Ecologically Sound Mission by Robert Wolf and Paul Wolf, Trinity Christian College, Illinois

Response to Warwick E. Kerr by Carroll Houle