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Creation care learning opportunity coming to Olivet

Posted: May 01, 2013

On Saturday, May 18, 2013, Olivet will present a one-day practicum on the topic of “Creation Care.” Open to the public, this learning opportunity will also include Olivet students and faculty. It takes place in the Weber Leadership Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Susan Emmerich, Ph.D., director of the Creation Care Program for the Center for Law and Culture at Olivet, will lead participants in exploring biblical principles of stewardship, conflict management and sustainability as they relate to conservation. Participants will gain the knowledge and necessary tools to apply these methods and principles at the community level.

Dr. Emmerich’s work includes more than 11 years of research on the implementation of the faith-based stewardship approach among different communities. Her award-winning film, “When Heaven Meets Earth: Faith, Environment and the Chesapeake,” is the story of the decades-long battle among environmentalists, watermen and famers over polluting Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay. Through her work, she was able to bring a message of faith and hope to Tangier Island.

Cost for the practicum is $10 for students and $40 for non-students.

Following this practicum, the Law, Justice and Culture Institute (LJC) will take place from Monday, May 20, through Friday, May 31. Olivet Professor Charles Emmerich, J.D., LL.M. — along with several guest lecturers — will help inspire students to formulate a vibrant, biblical view of public engagement in law, government and politics. Tuition for the Institute is $1,185 for three hours of academic credit. The auditing cost is $285. Significant scholarships and financial assistance are available. Textbook cost is $90.

For more information about or to register for the practicum or the LJC, go to the Center’s website at or contact Tammy Galvan-Barnett at 815-928-5552 or

U.S. states represented among Olivet's student body, as well as 17 countries