Thirsting for Water

Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Join the RMS Hunger Team, Lutheran Advocacy, and the Creation Care Team on September 17 for  a day for holy conversation & community-building with faithful people from the Rocky Mountain Synod and beyond. We'll learn the facts about the drought affecting our region, engage in theological reflection and story-telling, hear stories of the impact on agriculture, consider policy and advocacy, and contemplate how we can respond to the crisis together.




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When: Saturday, September 17, 2022 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 East Hampden Avenue, Denver • Also available by Zoom

Fee: $25 in-person (lunch included), $15 online


Featured speakers include:

  • Sen. Chris Hansen, State Senator for Colorado Senate District 31 and Co-Founder of Colorado Energy & Water Institute
  • Peter Backlund, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University
  • Meagan Schipanski, Associate Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University
  • Dr. Ryan Cumming, Director of Education, ELCA World Hunger
  • Rev. Joshua Bruns, Pastor of Covenant Lutheran Church, Wheatland, Wyoming
  • Rev. Bonita Bock, former Professor & Director of Wartburg College West


Day's Agenda at a Glance:

9:00 a.m.  -  Gather, Welcome, Orientation to the Day

9:30 a.m.  -  Theological Reflection: How do we relate to creation? (Dr. Ryan Cumming, ELCA World Hunger)

10:10 a.m.  -  State of the Climate in the Western United States (Peter Backlund, CSU)

10:50 a.m.  -  The Impact of a Changing Climate on Agriculture (Meagan Schipanski, CSU)

11:30 a.m.  -  The View from Rural Wyoming (Rev. Joshua Bruns)

12:15 p.m.  -  Lunch

1:00 p.m.  -  What is "Just Transition"? (Peter Severson, Lutheran Advocacy)

1:20 p.m.  -  Building Political Will to Act (Sen. Chris Hansen)

2:00 p.m.  -  Panel Discussion: What Can I Do?

2:20 p.m.  -  Closing Q&A

2:40 p.m.  -  Closing Message & Sending (Bishop Jim Gonia)

3:00 p.m.  -  End

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