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SLT Schedule 

Monday, January 10, 2022

Noon – 1 PM: Registration Open - prior to the pre-conference field trip.

Location: Gathering Area,2nd floor, Seminary Building

1:30 – 3:30 PM: Pre-conference Field Trip to Silver Run Forest Farm

Location: 3845 Happy Valley Road, Keezletown, VA 22832
(Dress warm and wear walking shoes)

How can we propagate power that listens and liberates rather than confines and conquers? What do trees teach us about healing our places and ourselves from the violent empire of racial capitalism and settler colonialism? How can our relationship to earth and its creatures do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly?

Silver Run Forest Farm is a riparian nursery and folk rooted in love and living soil in the Shenandoah Valley, committed to farming like the forest and remediating the toxins that pollute our souls, society, and soil, from chemical leaching to white supremacy. The Forest Farm cultivates and celebrates beautiful and useful trees (and other plants) that cross-pollinate food sovereignty and ecological restoration so that all creatures have enough.

Come join us for a walk-and-talk tour about how to sprout radical nurseries of abundance in catastrophic times. We’ll consider how these radical roots connect underground to the medicine of movements for life-giving justice, how to grow gift economies that imitate the life of trees, and how the life and health of the good earth is always tied to the life and health of human communities. Let’s pay attention to the birds of the air, the lilies of the field, and scatter seeds on good soil to become accomplices for Jubilee redistribution so everyone gets their daily bread, their debts are abolished, and everything is held in common.

3 – 6:30 PM: Registration Open

Location: Gathering Area, 2nd floor, Seminary Building

7 – 9 PM: Opening Worship & Keynote #1

Location: Martin Chapel, 2nd Floor, Seminary Building
Worship Leader:
Christopher Mazen, Creative Arts Director, Ethnos New Brunswick, NJ
Speaker: Drew Hart, Harrisburg, PA
Title: "Race, Place, and the World Turned Upside-down"

Description: "In this plenary address, Drew Hart will draw from Acts 17 while exploring counter historical forces (colonialism and God's reign) and their competing visions for creation. He will also introduce conference participants to the Inverse Podcast community and its online communal practices and processes that have facilitated group formation in the way of Jesus during the pandemic. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

8 – 8:30 AM: Coffee, Tea & Gathering

Location: Gathering Area, 2nd floor, Seminary Building

8:30 – 10:30 AM: Worship & Keynote #2 

Location: Martin Chapel, 2nd Floor, Seminary Building
Worship Leader:
Christopher Mazen, Creative Arts Director, Ethnos New Brunswick, NJ
Speaker: Jarrod McKenna, Perth, Australia
Title: "Who’s Promise of Vine & Fig Trees? Larrikins, Lament & Imagination in the Greenwashed Tides of Empire"

10:30 – 11 AM: Break & Fellowship

Location: Gathering Area, 2nd floor, Seminary Building

11 AM 12:30 PM: Workshop Session #1

Location: Seminary Building various rooms

12-1 PM: Lunch 

(Purchase Lunch tickets $7.50. Take-out ONLY*)
EMU Dining Hall located in the lower level of Northlawn Residence Hall

1:45-3:15 PM: Inverse Panel - Facilitated by Drew Hart

Location: Martin Chapel, 2nd Floor, Seminary Building 

3:15 – 3:45 PM: Break & Fellowship

Location: Gathering Area, 2nd floor, Seminary Building 

3:45 – 5:15 PM: Workshop Session #2

Location: Seminary Building various rooms

5:15 – 7 PM: Dinner/Supper (Take-Out Only)

(Purchase Dinner tickets $8.50. Take-out ONLY*)
EMU Dining Hall located in the lower level of Northlawn Residence Hall

7 – 8 PM: Optional Evening Activity Bingo & Dessert Bar

Location: Gathering Area, 2nd floor, Seminary Building

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

7:30 – 10 AM: Hot Breakfast

(Purchase Breakfast tickets $6.50. Take-out ONLY*)
EMU Dining Hall located in the lower level of Northlawn Residence Hall 

8 – 8:30 AM: Coffee, Tea & Gathering

Location: Gathering Area, 2nd floor, Seminary Building

8:30 – 10:30 AM: Worship & Keynote #3

Location: Martin Chapel, 2nd Floor, Seminary Building
Worship Leader:
Christopher Mazen, Creative Arts Director, Ethnos New Brunswick, NJ
Speaker: Carol Ng’ang’a, Nairobi, Kenya
Title: "In Search for Home: Place Plants and Panic"

10:30 – 11 AM: Break & Fellowship

Location: Gathering Area, 2nd floor, Seminary Building

11 AM-12:30 PM: Workshop Session #3

Location: Seminary Building various rooms

12:30 – 1:30 PM: Lunch

(Purchase Lunch tickets $7.50. Take-out ONLY*)
EMU Dining Hall located in the lower level of Northlawn Residence Hall

1:45-3:15 PM: Workshop Session #4

Location: Seminary Building various rooms

3:15 – 3:45 PM: Break & Fellowship

Location: Gathering Area, 2nd floor, Seminary Building

3 – 5:15 PM: Optional Activity

Field Trip to Vine & Fig (3:30 – 4:45 PM)
Location: 715 N. Main St, Harrisonburg, VA
Leave at 3:00 PM for a ½ hour walk from the seminary, or if carpool leave at 3:15 PM from the seminary (limited parking, dress warm and wear walking shoes)

New Community Project’s Vine & Fig Sustainable Living Center (NCP/Vine & Fig) is a nonprofit organization deeply rooted in one of Harrisonburg, VA’s low-income neighborhoods. Vine & Fig is committed to the creation of sustainable systems that care for the earth, empower people most marginalized and impoverished, educate and inspire, and build the foundation for a nonviolent lifestyle. They work to create transformation at both the personal level and community level in three key areas that have the highest impact; food, transportation, and built environment.

Vine & Fig has successfully developed programs over the past ten years that address local food insecurity, provide garden-based nutrition education and assistance as well as address the climate crisis, promote environmental practices, engage issues of justice and equity, and demonstrate alternative methods of transportation and energy use. Vine and Fig’s Educational Outreach Program seeks to enhance existing food related outreach efforts to provide top of the line produce for those who experience barriers in receiving and utilizing locally fresh, healthy, sustainable food. Come and see Vine & Fig's outdoor living laboratory, supportive housing, and hear about current projects focusing on education.

3:45 – 5:15 PM: Optional Activity Choices

Yoga, Labyrinth Prayer Walk, Geocaching on Campus, Art Talk of paintings by seminary senior, Furst Jenkins, and virtual scavenger hunt & online gathering.
Location:
Seminary Building 

5:15 – 7 PM: Dinner / Supper

(Purchase Dinner tickets $8.50. Take-out ONLY*)
EMU Dining Hall located in the lower level of Northlawn Residence Hall

7 – 8 PM: Evening Worship Music and Story Slam

Topic: Place, Home, Identity
Worship Leader:
Christopher Mazen, Creative Arts Director, Ethnos New Brunswick, NJ
Location: Martin Chapel, 2nd floor, Seminary Building

Thursday, January 13, 2022

7:30 – 10 AM: Hot Breakfast

(Purchase Breakfast tickets $6.50. Take-out ONLY*)
EMU Dining Hall located in the lower level of Northlawn Residence Hall 

8 – 8:30 AM: Coffee, Tea & Gathering

Location: Gathering Area, 2nd floor, Seminary Building

8:30 – 11 AM: Keynote, Communion & Closing Worship

Worship Leader: Christopher Mazen, and Live Inverse Podcast Live with Special Guest The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas
Location:
Martin Chapel, 2nd Floor, Seminary Building

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM: (Post-conference event)

Women in Ministry Luncheon

Facilitated by Dr. Rev. Sarah Bixler
Location:
Seminary Building, room 202 (pre-registration required)

*To reduce community transmission of COVID-19 only take-out options are available at EMU's cafeteria for faculty, staff and community guests. Undergraduate students may still eat in the dining hall but are strongly encouraged to follow social distancing and masking protocols. 

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