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Close to Home: Placemaking and Placekeeping as Creation Care

February 27, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Close to Home: Placemaking and Placekeeping as Creation Care
Institute on the Environment, LES R-380
Thursday, February 27
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Free lunch provided, but registration is required – RSVP here!

There is no denying that humans have an immense impact on the world around them. But how do we think well about our role in caring for creation? Christians and other people of faith often approach such questions through the lens of their understanding of the vocation and responsibility of human beings as stewards of creation. But the stewardship metaphor has its limits; it tends toward anthropocentrism and it reinforces the dichotomy between “nature” and “culture.” It also risks separating ecological issues from issues of social justice.

Mark Bjelland, Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Calvin University, suggests a new approach: “Stewardship needs to begin at home, not in some distant, untouched environment, and it should be reimagined as a call to faithful place-making and place-keeping.” A native of Minneapolis and an alumnus of the UMN, Bjelland’s lecture will explore the nature of place-making and place-keeping in the context of the Twin-Cities. Viewing the world through the lens of place may help us to reenvision creation care in urban contexts, and help us work toward the creation of places that are more conducive to the flourishing of all—human and other-than human.

This sustainable event is supported by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota.


February 27, 2020
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Anselm House
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Institute on the Environment
1954 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108 United States
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