Rooted and Grounded Conference speakers focus on resistance and resilience in the face of climate doom


By Sarah Werner for Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

AMBS Master of Arts students Daniel Nugroho (at left) of Ungaran, Central Java, Indonesia; and Hasset (Joy) Shimeles of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; converse during one of the sessions at the Rooted and Grounded Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship at AMBS. (Credit: David Fisher Fast) 

ELKHART, Indiana (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) — The sixth Rooted and Grounded Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship focused on the theme, “Pathways through Climate Doom: Resistance and Resilience,” bringing together participants from the United States and Canada for keynote sessions, workshops, paper presentations and worship.

The conference was held Sept. 28–30, 2023, with 150 people attending in person at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana, and 30 attending online.

“The focus on confronting climate doom resonated with many people, especially the young adults who attended,” reflected Janeen Bertsche Johnson, MDiv, AMBS Director of Campus Ministries and Rooted and Grounded Conference Coordinator. “I was grateful for the ways in which speakers, workshops and worship sessions helped us imagine a variety of responses — curiosity, trauma-informed care, scriptural resources, deep attention, art and music, prayer postures, engaged dialogue, historical truth-telling, lament, hope and so much more.”

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