Living the Good Life: Caring for the land and the ecological ethic of the Bible

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 8:15am

The First Congregational Church of Camden invites one and all to participate in a new series of discussions, collectively titled, “Living the Good Life: Caring for the land and the ecological ethic of the Bible”. 

The Reverend Candice R. Provey, of Islesboro, will lead this discussion series exploring what it means to "live the good life,” in ancient times and in our own. The conversation will examine what this has to do with the land and how we use it, drawing on foundational Biblical texts in conversation with the agrarian ethic and poetic wisdom of Wendell Berry. 

This offering takes place on five consecutive Sundays,  May 2 through May 23, from 11:00 a.m. to noon, via Zoom. All who wish to participate must register in advance. Contact to receive a Zoom invitation.

May 2: Good and then gone: Turning to Genesis 2, we discuss what it means to meet the expectations of the land, and what happens when we fail.

May 9: A wilderness economy: In the Book of Exodus, we contrast the Egyptian economy with a new communal economy revealed through the ethics of eating.

May 16: A tragic imagination: With the words of the Hebrew prophets Amos and Isaiah, we discover how prophetic poetry shapes a new social vision and a collective call to action.

May 23: For the love of land: With the ancient biblical witness of the poetic book called the Song of Song, we weave together a vision of faithful human love in the context of God’s Edenic dream for the world.

About our presenter: Rev. Candice Provey grew up in North Carolina and earned her Master of Divinity at Duke Divinity School, where she received the Award for Biblical Excellence and the Jameson Jones Preaching Award. She was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has served churches in North Carolina and New York City as a young adult minister and educator, and Yale University as the Associate University Chaplain. In 2017, she moved to Islesboro with her husband, Ren, and their son, Elijah. She’s currently a full-time mom, homemaker, teacher, gardener, weaver, and occasional guest preacher, and she serves the Commission on Ministry for the Presbytery of Northern New England supporting churches throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.