November 18-20 // Schedule 

2021 Annual Conference

Theme: “World Disrupted, World Revealed:
Ecology and Theology in an Age of Pandemic"

Thursday, November 18, 5:00 pm-9 PM 

Meeting location TBD


5:00-6:30 p.m.     Dinner/reception


7.00-7:15 pm 

Welcome + Announcements by President-elect (Anne Collier-Freed)

7.30-8:30 pm

Presidential Address (Erik Carter)


8:30 pm-9:00 p.m.

Business Session I


Friday, November 19, 7:00 pm-9 pm

Grand Hyatt, Texas Ballroom, Salon D


7.00- 7:45 am

Women in Theology Group Breakfast (Anne Collier-Freed convening a session meant to be a safe space for SDA women in academia to be able to talk and build friendships.) Location TBD


8.00-8.15 am Devotional


8:15-9:30 am

Session 1: Lessons from ecology for our Witness as a Church (Chair: Cory Wetterlin)


  1. Trees, the Gut, Social Media, and God: What are the Connections?  Carla Gober Park  

  2. An Algorithm Shall Lead Them? The Rise of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics and Christian Hope. Jeffrey Gang

  3. The Intersection Between Ecology and Religion in a Pandemic Scenario: An Adventist Missiological Perspective Dias and Germana Ponce de Leon Ramirez

Live Q+A 

9.30-9.45 am Break


9.45-10.00 am 

Session 2: Theological and Social Responses to crises of (biblical) hermeneutics revealed by the Pandemic (Chair: Zack Plantak)


  1. Covid-19 Is a Crisis of Ecology—Is It Also a Crisis of (Biblical) Hermeneutics? Sigve Tonstad

  1. COVID-19 & Climate Change: The Problem of Contested Knowledges. Greg Hoenes

Live Q+A


10.15-10.30 am Business Session II


10.30-10:45 am Break


10:45-12:00 pm  Session 3:  Discerning Ecologically Sound Biblical Practices ( Chair TBD  )

  1. An Adventist Green New Deal? Two viewpoints regarding the moral standing of creatures Roy Benton

  2. Dwelling with Animals: Zoonotic Disease, Kashrut, and Jewish Animal Ethics Melissa Brotton

Live Q+A


12:00-1.30 pm

 Lunch Break


1.30-2:45 pm  Session 4: Environmental Ethics and Adventist Practical Theologies in light of the Pandemic (Chair: TBD)

  1. Theology of Leadership: What a Pandemic, Immigration Crisis, Black Lives Matter, and Me Too Movement Reveal About American Christianity—and How to Fix It James Wibberding

  2. From de Ecology to Ecotheology Lukas Ruiz Torres

  3. What can we learn from “the Wisdom of the Creator” that would help to restore our communities and churches? Petr Cincala

Live Q+A


2:45-3:00 pm  Business Session III


3:00-3:15 p.m. Break




3:15-4:15  Sectional Meetings and Conveners

  • Old Testament (Jody Washburn)

  • World Religions/Missiology (John Jones)

  • New Testament (Erhard Gallos)

  • Christian Theology and History (Martin Hanna)

  • Philosophy and Ethics (Roy Benton)

  • Practical Theology (Ernie Furness) 

  • Black Theology Group (Ingram London)


5:30-9:00 pm

Dinner and Worship Service with the Adventist Theological Society (Sponsored by the North American Division of SDA)


Sabbath, November 21, 2020 (8am-2:30pm)

Marriott Rivercenter, Grand Ballroom, Salon E


9:30-10.45 am

Sabbath School-Panel Discussion: “The Pandemic and the Ecology Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities from a Seventh-day Adventist Perspective.”


Moderator: Bonnie Dwyer (Editor, Spectrum). Participants: Anne Collier-Freed (Kettering), Bill Cork (North American Division), and Mark F. Carr (Providence Health Care).


10.45-11.00 am



11.00am-12.00 pm

Welcome, Prayer and Introduction of Speaker for the Worship Service

Anne Collier-Freed 



Dr. Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor University


Liturgy and Music TBD


Closing Thoughts and prayer 

Erik Carter