You may remember Plainview, Texas from the National Geographic television series, 'Years of Living Dangerously,' in which famed climate scientist, Katharine Hayhoe expounded the many ways in which this once robust region had fallen victim to the impacts of climate change. While the area may be devastated by droughts, a glimmer of creation care hope bustled this week amidst the arid land.
Wayland Baptist University welcomed hosted Creation Care Week, a series of initiatives and events, fast on the heels of the National Evangelical Associations climate change declaration. Dr. David Foster, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, shared, “It’s like this ancient thing that is part of our faith that we are rediscovering,” speaking to the audience of faithful practitioners that examined the need for religious institutions to recognize and make a change for the climate. Motivated by the understanding that, “God left us in charge and one day He’s going to come back and ask us for it,” Baptists institutions are experiencing a paradigm shift in the way they think about climate change.
PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University is in the midst of its annual Creation Care Week, a time when students, faculty and staff are reminded of the important of taking care of God’s creation. Led by the School of Math and Sciences, special activities are planned throughout the week, including daily devotionals, a special guest speaker in chapel and a question and answer forum open for discussion of creation care.
Dr. David Foster, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Messiah College and Vice-Chair of the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies Board of Trustees, was the guest speaker at chapel on Wednesday. Dr. Foster also participated in the Q&A session as well as with various science classes throughout the week.
During chapel, Dr. Foster question what it really meant to care for creation.
“It’s like this ancient thing that is part of our faith that we are rediscovering,” he said.