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Duke professor coming to Charlotte to speak on caring for creation

Ellen Davis
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If we are poor stewards of the Earth – aka God’s creation – what does that say about our connection with God?

Here’s an answer from Ellen Davis of Duke Divinity School: “The suffering of the earth itself is a primary index of the brokenness in the human relationship with God.”

Davis will be in Charlotte next weekend (April 17-19) to deliver lectures, a workshop and a sermon at Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road.

The series of events, which will cover everything from a biblical understanding of the care of the land to “an economy of sufficiency,” will focus on what the church is calling “Creation Care: Our Divine Calling.”

Davis, a professor of Bible and Practical Theology, will speak at 7 p.m. the 17th in the church’s Heaton Hall; leader worships, 9-11:30 a.m. the 18th; sit for an interview in Heaton Hall at 9:45 a.m. the 19th; and preach in the sanctuary (on Psalm 65) at 11 a.m. that morning.

There’s a $10 fee for the workshop. Everything else is free. To register for the workshop or get more information:

Library to host Ladies Tea

Amber Brantly, the wife of medical missionary Dr. Kent Brantly, will speak April 18 at Billy Graham Library’s eighth annual Ladies Tea & Tour.

Brantly’s husband was in the news last year when he contracted the Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia. He’s a physician and missionary for Samaritan’s Purse, and the Boone-based charity had him flown for treatment to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He recovered and has testified before Congress about the Ebola threat.

There will be two events, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., at the library, 4330 Westmont Drive. Tickets are $30 and $40 and can be purchased at

Their focus: Christian unity

Later this month – April 20-23 – members of various Christian denominations will gather in Charlotte for the annual National Workshop on Christian Unity.

The locale for most of the group’s seminars, luncheons, Bible studies and speeches will be the Omni Hotel uptown. But there will also be worship, Eucharist, receptions and other events at Little Rock AME Zion, St. Peter Catholic, First United Methodist and St. Peter Episcopal – all uptown churches.

The list of speakers includes AME Zion Bishop George Battle; Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, board chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions; James Winkler, general secretary and president of the National Council of Churches; and Amy Jill-Levine, a professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and the author of “The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus.”

For a complete list of speakers and events: