The Fourth Annual Divinity School Ministry Conference

From Dust to Steel:
Human Being as Creature and Creator

April 18, 2008
10 am to 5 pm
Swift Hall, 1025 E 58th Street

This conference employed Christian theologies of creation to explore the place of human beings within creation. It focused on the role of the human being as both creature and creator. For many Christians, "Creation" evokes images of the natural world and its species, including human beings ourselves, while cities are sometimes thought of as distinct from, if not contradictory to, nature. However, in order to better understand the place of human beings within creation, we considered the unique promise and problem of cities as a part of God's creation through the agency of human beings. This conference asked two broad questions: how does a Christian theology of human beings as creature and creator apply to our understanding of the city, and in light of this understanding, how is the church called to participate in the life of the city?



9-9:50 a.m. Speakers' Breakfast
9:30-10 Registration
10-10:45 Worship
10:5-11 Break
11-12:30 p.m. Keynote address and response:
Keynote speaker will be Rev. Heidi Neumark, pastor and author of Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx."
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Panel 1
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:45 Panel 2
4:45 Reception