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Can We Separate Creation Care from Political Action?

Flourish Conference hopes to equip churches, not create "prophetic single-issue advocates."

I celebrated Earth Day by purchasing a plane ticket and reserving a hotel room. From May 13 to 15, I'm going to join other evangelical Christians who care for God's creation at the Flourish Conference in Duluth, Georgia.

The lineup of speakers is intriguing. It blends people who don't usually appear on the same platform because of their differing constituencies and mixes veteran environmental presenters with other well-known speakers who haven't addressed this issue with their publics. Add to that the symbolism of a Southern Baptist venue for an environmental conversation and the fact that several of the speakers are "professional Southern Baptists" (that is, their public face is linked with Southern Baptist institutions).

But what is most interesting about this conference is this:

In a recent e-mail, Flourish CEO Jim Jewell told me:

This is a conference about church ministries and personal faithfulness, not political action and global warming. This reflects the philosophy of the new ...
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