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

Thursday, November 18, 5:00-9:00 pm 

Grand Hyatt, Texas Ballroom, Salon A (4th floor)

6:00-7:00 pm     


7:00-7:15 pm 

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

7:15-8:30 pm

Presidential Address: “Pilgrimage and Pedagogy in an Age of Pandemic: My Approach to Teaching Spirituality at a Health Science University" (Erik Carter)

8:30-9:00 pm

Business Session I


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

Grand Hyatt, Texas Ballroom, Salon D (4th floor)


7:00-7:45 am

Women in Theology Group Breakfast (Convener: Anne Collier-Freed)

Location: Schilo's (424 E. Commerce St.)


8:00-9:00 am

Session 1: Lessons from Ecology for Our Witness as a Church (Chair: Erik C. Carter)


  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


Live Q+A 


9:00-9:15 am


9:15-10:15 am 

Session 2: Theological and Social Responses to Crises of (Biblical) Hermeneutics Revealed by the Pandemic (Chair: Cory Wetterlin)


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

  2. COVID-19 and 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


10:45-11:45 am  

Session 3: Discerning Ecologically Sound Biblical Practices (Chair: Michael W. Campbell)

  1. An Adventist Green New Deal? Two Viewpoints Regarding the Moral Standing of Ceatures. Roy Benton

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


Live Q+A

11:45-12:00 am

Alden Thompson: Celebrating 50 Years of Service

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: Adelina Alexe)

  1. From de Ecology to Ecotheology. Lukas Ruiz Torres

  2. What Can We Learn from “the Wisdom of the Creator” that Would Help to Restore Our Communities and Churches? Petr Cincala

  3. It is a Mystery: Ellen White's Evolving View of Animal and the Imagio Dei. Matthew J. Korpman

Live Q+A

2:45-3:00 pm  

Business Session III

3:00-3:15 pm 


3:15-4:15 pm 

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) 


4:15-5:15 pm

Additional Sectional Meeting and Covener

  • 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)

Location: Laurel Heights SDA Church (703 W. Ashbu Place, San Antonio, TX)


Sabbath, November 21, 8:00 am-2:30 pm

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 and Prayer

Anne Collier-Freed

Introduction of Speaker

Michael W. Campbell

Liturgy and Music


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


Closing Thoughts and prayer 

Erik Carter