A Sacred Calling to Care for the Earth Conference

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Join us on Saturday, October 1 at the Franklin First UMC Main Campus for “A Sacred Calling to Care for the Earth.” This conference is sponsored by Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light (Nashville Chapter), Cumberland/Harpeth Audubon Society and Franklin First United Methodist Church.  For additional information contact Regina at 615-794-2734. Deadline to register has been pushed back to September 28.

Our Key Note speaker will be Matthew Anderson from the National Audubon Society, Vice President of Climate Change and Board Member of Interfaith Power and Light. This will be a great day to engage in workshops on various aspect of care for the earth. There will be special opportunities for children and the musical “The Council of Creatures” presented by Nashville musicians Tammy and Jamey Whiting.


  • Perspectives on Care for the Earth from the Abrahamic Religions (Judaism, Islam, Christianity)
  • Plants for Birds: Improving Our Communities and Providing Habitat for Birds in a Changing Climate
  • How Audubon Chapters Can Partner with Faith Communities
  • Best Earth Care Practices for Houses of Worship & Ways to Integrate Earth Care into Worship and Education
  • Earth Friendly Land Care and Gardening — Tour of “Giving Garden” and Wild-life Friendly Grounds
  • Climate Change – Threat and Solutions
  • Advocacy – Influencing Climate Related Policy (Community Solar; Energy Justice; Clean Energy)
  • Earth Care as a Justice Issue – Where Care for Creation and Love of Neighbor Intersect
  • Earth-Friendly Agriculture and Food Choices


Download the Registration Form PDF

If you are mailing your registration form, please send to Franklin First UMC at 120 Aldersgate Way, Franklin, TN 37069, attention Regina Proctor. Please make your check payable to Franklin First UMC with “A Sacred Calling to Care for the Earth” in the memo line.

More about the conference:

The purpose of this conference is to equip participants to be effective care takers of the earth.  The keynote speaker will be Matthew Anderson, national Vice President on Climate for the Audubon Society and board member of Interfaith Power and Light, a national faith-based organization dedicated to caring for the earth with a special focus on climate change and environmental justice.  In addition to Matthew’s address, several workshops will be offered (listed below).  Also tours of the organic garden and wildlife-friendly woods and meadows of the grounds of Franklin First United Methodist Church will be given.  There will be fun educational activities on care for the earth for children ages 5 and up.  The conference will conclude with a musical for all ages titled “The Council of Creatures,” in which different animals are portrayed sharing how they feel about what is happening to the earth and their habitats.  A bird walk will take place at 7:30 a.m. before the conference starts (meet in the church parking lot).  Cost for the conference is $15 for adults; $10 for youth and college/graduate students; and $5 for children 5 and up.  Special family rate (see registration form).  Registration fee includes lunch.  For additional information, contact Rev. Paul Slentz, pslentz53@gmail.com or Rev. Regina Proctor 615-794-2734.


The Council of Creatures is a two-person musical created by playwrights and musicians Tammy and Jamey Whiting. It features a cast of two portraying eight animal characters, and Francis and Clare of Assisi.  Brother Francis invites the creatures to the council, where each animal is given the opportunity to tell the audience how they feel about what is happening to the world and to their habitats. The musical addresses many urgent environmental concerns that we are facing today, in a very creative and entertaining way. The creatures are portrayed with beautiful masks, made by Tammy, which she and Jamey don as they become each animal. Each creature has a unique message and song to sing, accompanied by Jamey’s musical score.  The audience will enjoy the humor, the songs, and the animal antics of this play, and will appreciate the depth and poignancy of its message. It is as informative as it is entertaining for all ages, and leaves the audience members with a greater understanding of the plight of creatures on our planet, and with the inspiration to help make the world a better place for all of us.