Christian environmentalists hold conference in Decatur

Christian environmentalists hold conference in Decatur

Cliff Bird, a conference attendee from Fiji, looks up at the solar panels at East Decatur Station during a tour Friday. (Mallick/

By Dena Mellick/

DECATUR, Ga. (April 28, 2015) -- Christianity and environmentalism are sometimes viewed as being in opposition, but attendees of a weekend conference in Decatur are working to challenge that perception.

Organizer Michael Black said 90 participants from different countries and denominations took part in the eighth annual National United Methodist Church (UMC) Caring for Creation Conference, held at Decatur First United Methodist Church April 24 and 25. It’s the first year the conference has taken place in Decatur, and this year’s focus was on the theme of environmental justice.

“Environmental justice was selected because so much of what the church does is to help ‘the least of these,’ yet very often we respond to communities suffering from immediate environmental disasters rather than helping to build community resilience and reducing the likelihood of future environmental disasters,” said Black, a faculty member of the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University and a faculty associate for its Sustainability Office.

The conference was attended by Brenda Haymore,  chair of Holston's Creation Care Ministry Team.


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