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Summit 2022

EEN Summit 2022: Reconciliation


Summit is back for a second year at EEN! We will gather together on the symbolic mountaintop on January 27, 2022 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm ET to see where God has brought us from, to envision where God is taking us, and to be in fellowship with one another to receive a fresh word. We believe that the Summit experience is a glimpse of the "already, but not yet" of New Creation. 

This year's online Summit will feature a special conversation with White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and a keynote from Caleb Cray Haynes, author of Garbage Theology: The Unseen World of Waste, and What It Means for the Salvation of Every Person, Every Place, and Every Thing. Participants will also have the chance to interact and learn in breakout sessions (see descriptions below) based on a wide variety of creation care topics. Additionally–and just as importantly–the Summit will include stories from our community of Christians across the country that care about creation as a matter of life. 

Just announced: Our 2022 Summit will conclude with an additional session featuring a live talk and Q&A with Janet McCabe, Deputy Administrator of the EPA! 

About the Speakers
  • Caleb Cray Haynes grew up in the hills of rural Tennessee where the love of God’s creation grew deep roots in his early life and experience. Tending to gardens and wandering in woods are still part of Caleb’s story. Following a call into ministry he attended Trevecca Nazarene University and received a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy. Afterward, Caleb served as a volunteer Nazarene missionary through Mission Corp in Mainz, Germany aiding in planting the church, Kirche in Aktion. In 2009, Caleb and his wife, Emily, planted Kaleo Nashville Church of the Nazarene in Tennessee, where they both still serve as co-lead pastors. Caleb was ordained as an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 2013 and is currently working toward a master’s degree in Theology and Ecology from Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, UK. Caleb and Emily have two beautiful girls, Story and Daily.

    Caleb’s advocacy for increased ecclesial care of creation and individual response to environmental injustice has been growing over the past decade as his calling has expanded. Caleb has co-vocationally operated Earthtone Reconstruction and Recycling since 2013, working to reduce as much waste as possible from landfills by recycling, repurposing, and reclaiming items for creative use. In 2019, he co-founded Nazarenes for Creation Care, a grassroots organization designed to equip the church for engaging in our call to “serve and keep” creation. Following this, he successfully organized the first creation care summit gathering of over 100 diverse U.S. Nazarenes to discuss matters of creation care in October of that year. He is now a member of Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light and is among the first group of 12 individuals nationally to become Partners with the Evangelical Environmental Network. Caleb has completed many trainings and classes on issues of faith and ecology and has himself coordinated and facilitated trainings around the issues of creation justice in the church locally and regionally. He enjoys writing and speaking on these issues frequently!

  • Gina McCarthy
    Gina McCarthy

    Gina McCarthy serves as White House National Climate Advisor, tasked with coordinating the Biden administration’s domestic climate agenda.

    Previously, McCarthy was the president and chief executive officer of NRDC beginning in January 2020, where she led more than 700 attorneys, scientists, advocates, and policy experts. McCarthy has been a leading advocate for smart, successful strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 30 years. A Boston native, she previously advised five Massachusetts governors, including Mitt Romney.

    In her prior role at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, McCarthy was a professor of the practice of public health in the Department of Environmental Health and chair of the board of advisors at the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE). She also served as a member of the boards of the Energy Foundation and Ceres.

    McCarthy served under President Barack Obama as the 13th Administrator of the EPA from 2013–2017. Her tenure as EPA Administrator heralded a paradigm shift in national environmental policy, expressly linking it with global public health. She led EPA initiatives that cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts.

    McCarthy worked with the United Nations and the World Health Organization on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high-risk sources of pollution.

  • Janet McCabe
    Janet McCabe

    Janet McCabe was sworn in as the 16th Deputy Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency on April 29, 2021. Deputy Administrator McCabe returns to EPA after spending seven years working as Acting Assistant Administrator and Principal Deputy to the Assistant Administrator in the Office of Air and Radiation under President Barack Obama.

    Prior to rejoining EPA, Janet McCabe was a Professor of Practice at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and Director of the IU Environmental Resilience Institute, where she started as Assistant Director for Policy and Implementation in 2017. Her work at Indiana University centered on establishing innovative, research-informed, and actionable solutions to reduce environmental risks and help protect the health of communities and families.

    Over the course of her career, McCabe has spent time working for state environmental agencies in Massachusetts and her long-time adopted home state of Indiana, with a focus on implementation of the Clean Air Act and other air quality issues. Prior to joining EPA in November 2009, McCabe was Executive Director of Improving Kids’ Environment, Inc., a children’s environmental health advocacy organization based in Indianapolis.

    McCabe knows firsthand through these experiences that programs to improve public health and protect our environment are strongest when they are informed by a diversity of perspectives, and rooted in science, transparency, and the law.

    McCabe grew up in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Harvard College in 1980 and Harvard Law School in 1983. From 1983 to 1984 she clerked for Justice Neil L. Lynch of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

    She and her husband have three children and two grandchildren.

This Year's Breakout Sessions
  • Garbage Theology - Caleb Cray Haynes

    What if you looked out your window and saw Jesus going through your trash? Would you be surprised that God is interested in your waste? Join keynote speaker and author Caleb Haynes as he leads a discussion on why our biblical mandate to keep and care for creation has to be connected to the way we live today, including what we eat, buy, and throw away.

  • Children’s Health and Pollution - Mitch Hescox

    How does our value of being pro-life intersect with pollution, policy, and people? Come hear EEN CEO and President Mitch Hescox talk about the critical and urgent topics of children’s health, pollution, and caring for our neighbors.

  • Music for a movement. Come and see how the #ClimateVigil campaign is coming alongside believers to help 1) lead discipleship to care for creation; 2) spur local action; and 3) engage in global mobilization. Peter Fargo will look back at COP26 and phase one of the #ClimateVigil movement and cast vision for what is to come.

  • Climate and the Congregation: A Resource Guide - Kim Anderson & Dean Van Farowe

    Join EEN's Kim Anderson and hear the first-hand experiences of a local pastor on the ministry journey of Caring for Creation. Rev. Dean Van Farowe is pastor of Calvary Reformed Church, an inner-city ministry in Cleveland, Ohio. Calvary partners with local churches and community groups to do environmental ministry, including tree plantings, litter pilgrimages, and environmental advocacy. Get inspired and see how your congregation can also engage in creation care!

  • Championing Creation Care - Jessica Moerman

    Who cares about creation care? Creation Care Champions! Join Dr. Jessica Moerman as she discusses why EEN Champions, and their advocacy, are absolutely crucial for advocating for our values and loving our neighbors. How do scripture, policy, and activism intersect? Join and find out!

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