Following the focus of The Episcopal Church on creation care, the Creation Care Committee facilitates hands-on environmental ministry experiences and ideas with an aim to inspire future clergy and lay church leaders at the seminary for the work of environmental stewardship in the parishes and communities they will serve.
Practice what you preach.
Ministry doesn’t stop once you enter seminary. Opportunities for formal and informal ministry are varied, instructive, relevant to your future, and impactful to the diverse community around us.
We are surrounded by a world in need and opportunities to make a difference are many. The immediate vicinity offers a surprising range of social services that operate largely on a volunteer basis. These include several local food banks, a USDA sponsored summer meal program for children, court appointed special advocates (CASA) for children in the court system, as well as residence programs for women and their children. Less than an hour away are organizations that offer support services to immigrant populations where Spanish language skills are much-needed.
Seminarians interact with the undergraduate students of the University of the South by mentoring multiple social justice and service programs. Sustainability is a high priority on the Mountain as the School is situated on a 13,000-acre “living laboratory” and environmental ethics is one of the courses that fulfills the ethics requirement in the M.Div. curriculum.