Green Jesus: Embracing a Sustainable Faith

Dr. A.J. Swoboda
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 10 a.m.
Royal Brougham Pavilion

The day will begin on Wednesday, October 17, with our public keynote address, by Dr. A.J. Swoboda.

Stewardship of the Earth is not solely a matter of social justice or individual obedience and conviction, stewardship plays an integral role in our discipleship and public witness. Dr. Swoboda will explore how Christians, as people of hope, must reject both despair and skepticism in responding to environmental crisis and instead practice caring for creation in a faithful way, demonstrating how God is at work, redeeming and reconciling not only God’s people, but every part of creation.

Dr. Swoboda is a professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus in urban Portland, Oregon. He is the lead mentor of a Doctor of Ministry program on the Holy Spirit and Leadership at Fuller Seminary, and teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at a number of other universities and Bible colleges. He is the director of Blessed Earth Northwest, an organization focused on creation care issues and Sabbath in the Pacific Northwest. A.J. also serves as the executive director of the Seminary Stewardship Alliance: A consortium of Christian higher-ed schools that provide Christian training in creation care and are implementing sustainable practices. You can find his website and blog at, or follow him on Twitter @mrajswoboda. He is the author and co-author of numerous books, including Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology.

**Interested in viewing this year's Day of Common Learning keynote address? Visit our YouTube site to watch the most recent speaker, as well as past Day of Common Learning speakers.**

Afternoon Seminars

In the afternoon, the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development will host two concurrent 50 minute sessions of forums, seminars, and panel presentations, led by faculty, staff, students and community members. All sessions will be offered twice, from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.  More information about breakout sessions will be available in early October.

3:30 – 4:20: Talk back with Dr. A.J. Swoboda

Demaray 150

What’s on your mind? Any questions you would like to ask Dr. Swoboda? Join us for an informal time with Dr. Swoboda as he closes our Day of Common Learning.

Special Evening Event: Faith, Business & Ecology: Films and Discussion from the SPU Faith & Co Film Series

Time: 6pm - 7:30pm

Location: Nickerson Studios

The provocative 13 part SPU film series Faith & Co: Business on Purpose provides in-depth engagement with issues pertaining to the Christian faith in the world of business, and what it means to live as a Christian life in this vocation.  The relationship between business & the environment, and how faith plays into those situations, is a paramount theme in several of these films. Join Dr. Kenman Wong, Professor of Business Ethics and Faith & Co producer, for a showing of three short documentaries analyzing the intersection of faith, business and the environment, to be followed by a Q&A session with film subjects, directors, community leaders and more. 

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Wednesday, October 17th
10:00 AM

Green Jesus: Embracing a Sustainable Faith

A.J. Swoboda, Theophilus

Royal Brougham Pavilion

10:00 AM

1:00 PM

A Theological Foundation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Randy Beavers, Seattle Pacific University

Cremona 202

1:00 PM

Bicycle Commuting: Improving Personal and Global Well-Being -- One Revolution at a Time

Dan Keene, Seattle Pacific University
Patrick McDonald, Seattle Pacific University

Bertona 1

1:00 PM

Business and Sustainable Development Goals: Student Presentations

Kim Sawers, Seattle Pacific University

McKenna 111

1:00 PM

Caring for Creation by Preparing the Next Generation Well

Julie Antilla, Seattle Pacific University
Minhee Lee, Seattle Pacific University

McKenna 117

1:00 PM

Caring for God’s Creation: Singing Along the Way

Jule Kae Sigars, Seattle Pacific University
Cherie Hughes, Seattle Pacific University
Dainius Vaicekonis, Seattle Pacific University
Stephen Michael Newby, Seattle Pacific University

Nickerson Studios 103

1:00 PM

Creation Care and Christian Voices on Climate Change

Ryan Ferrer, Seattle Pacific University

Eaton 112

1:00 PM

Ecological Impacts of Homelessness

Niki Amarantides, Seattle Pacific University
Karen Snedker, Seattle Pacific University

Library Seminar Room

1:00 PM

Environmentalism & Capitalism

Paul Yost, Seattle Pacific University
Matt McGill, Seattle Pacific University

McKenna 118

1:00 PM

Evangelicals and the Environment: Sticking Points, and Ways Forward

Joshua Tom, Seattle Pacific University
Jennifer McKinney, Seattle Pacific University

Bertona 6

1:00 PM

From Great Walls to Mega Cities: Environmental Sustainability in China

Brad Murg, Seattle Pacific University
Zhiguo Ye, Seattle Pacific University

Bertona 3

1:00 PM

Good Stewardship of Your Closet

Raedene Copeland, Seattle Pacific University
Sarah Mosher, Seattle Pacific University

Bertona 4

1:00 PM

How to Analyze Environmental Issues to Promote Dialogue, Reconciliation, and Better Solutions

Johnny Lin, University of Washington Bothell Senior Lecturer, School of STEM

Cremona 203

1:00 PM

Living Fully with a Low-Carbon Footprint

Daniela Gheleva, Seattle Pacific University
Lane Seeley, Seattle Pacific University

Cremona 101

1:00 PM

Staying Motivated in Caring for Creation

Lynne Baab,

Bertona 2

1:00 PM

Treebeard and Totoro: The Cry of Creation in Contemporary Cinema

Jeffrey Overstreet, Seattle Pacific University

Demaray 150

1:00 PM

What’s Lament Got to Do With It?: What J35 Can Teach the American Church

Shannon Smythe, Seattle Pacific University

Cremona 201

1:00 PM

Why Care? Biblical and Ecological Motivations for Creation Care

Michael Langford, Seattle Pacific University

Cremona 102

1:00 PM

3:30 PM

Talk back with Dr. A.J. Swoboda

A.J. Swoboda, Theophilus

Demaray 150

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM

6:00 PM

Special Evening Event: Faith, Business & Ecology: Films and Discussion from the SPU Faith & Co Film Series

Seattle Pacific University

Nickerson Studios

6:00 PM - 7:15 PM