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Dr. William P. Brown, Professor

Conference Plenary Moderator and Worship Leader

Recent Work to be discussed at Conference:

The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder

Conference Creative Artist
Will perform Leaps & Bounds 
Conference Plenary Presenter
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Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, Senior Scientist of PANNA
Conference Plenary Presenter
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Conference Plenary Presenter
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Rev. Ashley-Anne Masters
Conference Coordinator
Conference Plenary Presenter
Conference Plenary Presenter
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Conference Music Leader

Let Everything That Has Breath…

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Worshiping our Creator will be an intergral aspect of our time together. In light of our theme, our worship services will be inspired by the Iona Community in Scotland. Rev. Stacy Smith-who spent significant time in the Iona Community- will be our music leader, and in collaboration with Rev. Hansen Wendlant and Rev. Ashley-Anne Masters, she will be crafting worship services rooted in the Iona Community resources and style of worship. Rev. Dr. Bill Brown will give a meditation each evening in light of the day’s discussions, and will preach during the Service of Communion and Closing Celebration on Saturday prior to our departure. Worship will include time for singing, time for prayer, time for reflection, time indoors, time outdoors, and most importatnly, a time to give thanks to God and “Be still and know.”

About the Iona Community:

We are full Members, Associate, Youth and Staff Members, Volunteers and Friends of the Iona Community. What we share, expressed in many different ways, is an experience of the liberating power of Jesus Christ, and a commitment to the personal and social transformation that spring from the vision and values of the gospel.

Members share a common Rule which includes:

  • Daily prayer and reading the Bible
  • Mutual sharing and accountability for our use of time and money
  • Regular meeting together
  • Action and reflection for justice, peace and the integrity of creation
Members meet regularly throughout the year in local groups and in 4 plenary gatherings, including a week on Iona.
As well as serving on the decision and policy-making bodies of the Community’s corporate work, members particularly focus on a two-year theme which shapes and informs its programmes and publications.  The current theme is Peace. A commitment to Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation is an integral part of the Rule of the Iona Community, and a key aspect of our lives both as individuals and as a community. The Peace Working Group is currently conducting an audit of how we live out this part of our rule – as members, as local “Family”groups, and as a whole community. Members’ involvement varies according to the area they live in and their individual circumstances, but it is clear that across the community there is an unwavering commitment to peace and justice, reflected in many types of activity, from quiet peacemaking in our neighbourhoods and families, to political lobbying and nonviolent opposition to weapons of mass destruction

Sabbath & Siesta

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Hansen Wendlant

You will notice in the Conference Schedule that there is built-in free time. You may stay on site and explore Highlands, take a nap, hike, walk the labyrinth or you may take a trip to some of the surrounding areas like Estes Park, Lily Lake, Boulder, Lyons, etc. Check out on site activities (10 person minimum) and prices at Highlands as well as other local attractions.

Boulder, Colorado

Lyons, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Park

Optional PEC Sponsored Activities Include:

Thursday 3pm Highlands Trail Bird Walk

Guided by Ted Floyd, editor of Birding magazine and author of The Smithsonian Field Guide to North American Birds, and Bob Turner, former Vice-President of the Audubon Society in the Rocky Mountain Region, who has led bird walks in more than 100 countries. You can rely on identifying birds you might not have noticed with these two faithful guides. 

Thursday 8:30pm PEC Wine & Cheese Reception

We look  forward to welcoming you whether this is your first experience with PEC or you are a long time conversation partner and supporter. Come relax by the fireplace and learn more about PEC and how to become a member while meeting new colleagues and reconnecting with friends. Cheers!

Friday 8:30pm The Majesty of Long’s Peak

Learn about the tallest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park  from the comfort of your seat with Long’s Peak expert Jim Detterline. He retired from the National Park Service and  is the greatest living expert on Longs Peak.

Are We There Yet?

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If you will be flying to Denver instead of driving, there are various transportation options for getting to and from Highlands for you and your family/group depending on your needs and budget.

If you will be driving or renting a vehicle, and are willing to offer a ride to or from Denver Airport, please email Ashley-Anne at aamasters@gmail.com. Please include number of persons/luggage you can take, estimated arrival time, and if you are available on Wednesday or Saturday.

If you’d like to ride in the PEC Shuttle from Highlands to Denver Airport on Saturday, please email Ashley-Anne with the number in your party and if you need the 12:00pm or the 3:30pm shuttle depending on your flight time. PEC Shuttle is $25 per person, payable by check  at the event. Reserve now. Space is limited.

Helpful and informative links are included below:

Denver Airport Ground Transportation Information

Denver Super Shuttle

Regional Transportation District

Boulder Visitor Information

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Conference Schedule

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Wednesday August 31

Pre-Conference Field Trips

(Optional-See details under Pre-Conference Field Trips Category)

4pm-5:30pm Check-in & Registration

5:45pm Highlands Orientation

6pm Dinner

7pm Opening Gathering & Worship

8:30pm-10pm Optional Activities & Fellowship


Thursday September 1

7:30am-8am Yoga (Optional)

8:15am-9am Breakfast

9am Gathering & Announcements

9:10am Leaps & Bounds Performance

10:45am Break

11am-12:30pm Workshop I

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm-3pm Workshop II

3pm-6pm Sabbath and Optional Activities

6pm-7pm Dinner

7pm-8pm Plenary I

8pm-8:30pm Worship

8:30pm-10pm Optional Activities & Fellowship


Friday September 2

7:30am-8am Yoga (Optional)

8:15am-9am Breakfast

9am Gathering & Announcements

9:15am Worship

9:45am-10:45am Plenary II

10:45am-11am Break

11am-12:30pm Workshop III

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm-3pm Workshop IV (or Field Trip; See Workshop Options Category)

3pm-6pm Sabbath and Optional Activities

6pm-7pm Dinner

7pm-8pm Plenary III

8pm-8:30pm Worship

8:30pm-10pm Optional Activities & Fellowship


Saturday September 3

7:30am-8am Yoga (Optional)

8:15am-9am Breakfast

8:45-9:30 PEC Annual Meeting

Please check out prior to breakfast to ensure everything is out of your space by 10am.

There will be space to store luggage if you do not have a vehicle on site. 

9:30am-12pm Worshipful Work & Closing Celebration: A blend of Plenary, Dialogue, Worship, & Communion

12pm Lunch & Departures

If you need to leave immediately due to flight times, box lunches will be available

Go in Peace!

The Conversation Continues

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Thursday Morning: Workshop I

1. Cleanliness and Godliness: Practical Tips for Non-toxic Stewardship of Your Home and Body

Shantha Ready Alonso, Advocacy & Outreach Specialist for National Council of Churches

2. Recovery and Transformation Workshop Description

Tevyn East, The Affording Hope Project

3.  Follow up on Precautionary Principle Plenary: Empowerment for the Task

Carolyn Raffensberger, Science & Environmental Health Network and Tyrone Hayes, Biologist and Herpetologist

4.  Stories of Faith, Stories of Hope: Sustainability, Community, and the Good Life

Peter Sawtell, Eco-Justice Ministries

Thursday Afternoon: Workshop II

1. Climate Change and its Impact on the Poor, Including ACCRA Confession

Andrew Kang Bartlett, Presbyterian Hunger Program

2. Environmentally Responsible Investment

Bill Somplatsky-Jarman, Peace, Compassion and Justice Office PC (USA)

3. Food and Faith, Including Congregational Health Index

Jenny Holmes and Diane Waddell, PEC

4.  Be the Change You Wish to See: Choices for Embodying Transformed Values

Peter Sawtell, Eco-Justice Ministries

5. Eco-Stewards Program Workshop Description

Katie Holmes, Environmental Ministries Office PC (USA)

Friday Morning: Workshop III

1. Environmental Ministries Updates Workshop Description

Katie Holmes, Environmental Ministries Office PC (USA)

2. Climate Change Implications: The UN Climate Change Meeting Cancun

Bill Somplatsky-Jarman, Peace, Compassion, and Justice PC (USA)

3.  Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainable Agriculture Sustainable Economics

John Ikerd, Agricultural Economist

4.  Too Small to Fail: Small Scale Farming Takes on High-Tech Agribusiness

Andrew Kang Bartlett, Presbyterian Hunger Program and Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PANNA


Friday Afternoon: Workshop IV

1.  Earth Care Congregations Workshop Description

Katie Holmes, Environmental Ministries Office PC (USA) and Jane Laping, PEC

2.  Ecological Implications of Proposed Uranium Mining in Virginia: An Eco-Justice Approach Recent Info

Tom Pakurar, Hands Across the Lake

3. Invasive Species

George Beck, Bioagricultural Scientist and Gary Beil , Minnesota Crop Improvement Association

4.  Bus tour of Rocky Mountain National Park (4 hours)

$40 fee; space is limited Payable on Highlands Registration Site

You may choose one workshop option per time frame.

You will be prompted to choose your workshops when you register for the conference via Highlands Registration site.

Pre-Conference Field Trips

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Want to arrive early and take part in even more exploration of Colorado? Great!

See details below:


This year, those who arrive early for the Presbyterians for Earth Care Conference will have an opportunity to visit three world class environmental laboratories:

1.     The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado

NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Backed by 33 years of achievement, NREL leads the way in helping meet the growing demand for clean energy. We will have a guided tour of a portion of the laboratory, led by a scientist who specializes in the concerns of faith congregations. Their web site is at www.nrel.gov.

2.     The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR’s mission is to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related physical, biological and social systems; to support, enhance and extend the capabilities of the university community and the broader scientific community – nationally and internationally; and to foster transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth. A tour at NCAR offers an informative view of weather, climate, and the broad spectrum of atmospheric research at a world-class science laboratory. Learn about current Earth science research spanning our planet’s changing climate to atmospheric chemistry and the genesis of severe weather phenomena. See scientific observational tools including some of the fastest supercomputers in existence today. For more information, see their web site at ncar.ucar.edu.

3.     The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Boulder Laboratories

At the Boulder Laboratory we will enjoy “Science on a Sphere:” Here’s a description: Science On a Sphere (SOS)® is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Researchers at NOAA developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes, in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating.

There will be two housing options for those who choose to arrive on August 30:

1.     Complimentary guest housing with members of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Boulder, arranged by the St. Andrew Green Team. Transportation from Denver International Airport to Boulder is available through RTD ($  ) or by arrangement with host families.

2.     Housing in Golden at the Candlewood Suites. Cost for a double room is $79. Please reserve directly with the hotel at (303) 232-7171.  The hotel address is 895 Tabor Street Golden, CO 80401

Transportation will be provided with ten-passenger vans, one of which will leave from St. Andrew’s parking lot at 9 a.m. on August 31, and the other which will depart the Candlewood Suites at 9:30 a.m. Both vans will travel to NREL in Golden, where our tour will begin at 10 a.m. We will depart at Noon from NREL and head toward Boulder; box lunches will be provided. The balance of the afternoon will be spent at NCAR and NOAA, and we will depart in time to arrive at Highlands Camp and Retreat Center in Allenspark by 5:30 p.m. for check-in.

Security at Federal sites is important, so please be sure to have with you a valid driver’s license or other official photo-ID, such as a U.S. Passport, for clearance.

Cost is $60 per participant, including transportation, guided tours and the box lunch. Checks payable to Presbyterians for Earth Care and indicate “Pre Con Trip” in Memo line.

This trip is limited to the first twenty participants, with a waiting list. Reservations will be accepted until August 10, 2011. 

Please note registration for the pre-conference trips is not available on the Highlands Conference Registration site, as this is a separate PEC event.

If you would like to register for these activities, please contact St Andrew Presbyterian Church and mark all correspondence as “PEC Pre-Conference Tour.”

St Andrew Presbyterian Church

3700 Baseline Road Boulder, CO 80303

(303) 494-8094 office@standrewboulder.org

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