Empowering Christians To Care For Creation

Turning Conviction Into Action

What We Do

Theological debate about environmental stewardship is over. The dust has settled and the new Christian orthodoxy is that Christians have a biblical mandate to be stewards of God's creation. Today’s conundrum, therefore, isn’t deciding whether or not we should care for creation, but deciding how best to respond to our environmental challenges. Our goal at the Center for Environmental Leadership (CEL) is to stop Christian's wheels from spinning when it comes to practically caring for creation, and to get Christians--individuals and institutions--moving in the right direction with good, sound environmental guidance and support. (click the icon to learn more)

Sustainability / Food / Built Environment

The Center for Environmental Leadership (CEL) is focused on four broad issues--sustainability, food, the built environment, and educating tomorrow's leaders. We lead in each of these areas by convening outcome oriented gatherings, and building the support structures to make a strategic impact. (click the icon to learn more)

Educating Tomorrow's Leaders

The Center For Environmental Leadership (CEL) educates tomorrow's creation care leaders through two programs, the Creation Care Study Program (CCSP), a Christian undergraduate environmental studies program serving over thirty Christian colleges and universities with campuses in Belize and New Zealand, and Renewal, a creation care leadership program based on Christian colleges and universites. (click the icon to learn more)

A New Book by Prof. Lee Hardy

Prof. Lee Hardy from Calvin College, and long time CNU member, has written a new book entitled The Embrace of Buildings: A Second Look at Walkable City Neighborhoods.

UN-Habitat Faith-Based Conference

Caucus members are invited to attend two seminal back-to-back events, the UN-Habitat Faith-Based Urban Thinkers Campus and Urban Shalom Forum, from Nov. 2017.

Third Church Charrette (Richmond, VA)

In Jan, 2017, Third Church in Richmond, Virginia, convened a design charrette to explore how a masterplan for the church property could catalyze enhancements for the neighborhood.  

Project for Placemaking – Detriot, June 8, 2016

We’re excited to announce the date for our first event in 2016–June 8 in Detroit, MI.  Details TBA. Check back soon.

Register Now for 2015’s Annual Symposium for Sustainability Leaders

You can now register for 2015’s annual symposium for sustainability leaders at Bethel University, MN, Oct 23-24.

2015 Symposium for Sustainability Leaders Update

The 5th annual symposium for sustainability leaders will be at Bethel University, MN, Oct 23-24.  Following the symposium is the national AASHE Conference Oct. 25-28, also in Minneapolis, MN.  For more information on the symposium GO TO THIS LINK

Project for Placemaking Replaces ZipCode Calling

CEL’s ZipCode Calling project has a new name.  It’s the same project, but the new name is Project for Placemaking.  More announcements and new  Project for Placemaking dates for will be forthcoming.

ZipCode Calling – Dallas

UPDATE:  ZipCode Calling has a new name.  It is now called Project for Placemaking. Announcing details for ZipCode Calling, Dallas (TX) on April 29, 2015! ZipCode Calling convenes Christians and policy-makers from Dallas and across the country for a one day workshop exploring the best ways to love, serve, and build the city.  For more info go to […]

CCSP’s 20th Anniversary!

CCSP turns 20 in 2016!  We’re going to celebrate that milestone starting this summer.  To kick off we’ll be hosting reunions in Belize. For a general overview of CCSP’s history go to this link.  Watch this space for more details.

Bethel University Co-hosts 2105 Sustainability Symposium

We’re delighted to announce the Association of Christian Sustainability Professionals‘ annual symposium will be co-hosted by Bethel University’s

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