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Stanley Grenz Lecture Series with Rev. Dr. James Amadon

The Stanley Grenz Lecture Series is offered in honor of former Professor Stanley Grenz, a prolific Christian scholar with a pastoral heart and deep intellectual presence. In his memory, each year The Seattle School hosts theological leaders and thinkers to advance theological discourse.

The title of Rev. Dr. Amadon’s talk is From Exile to Exodus: Learning to Lead Others Through the Great Transformation.

We are increasingly aware of the widespread destruction that modern, industrial society is bringing upon the earth. We need a transformation of human consciousness and action in order to avoid catastrophic consequences and to foster new ways of being. Instead of leading this transformation by embodying God’s love for creation and bearing witness to God’s work of new creation in Jesus Christ, the Church has, in large part, been mired in theological, cultural, and ecclesial frameworks that perpetuate the problems. Join us as Rev. Dr. James Amadon explores how the insights of eco-theology, coupled with the practices of adaptive leadership, offer those who lead others a way to break out of these frameworks, guide communities through the necessary transformations, and be part of God’s work of new creation.

This event will be facilitated online via zoom.


Rev. Dr. James Amadon is the Executive Director of Circlewood, an organization dedicated to “accelerating the greening of faith.” His work focuses on integrating faith and ecology to address our current cultural, ecclesial, and planetary problems. He is the executive producer of the Earthkeepers podcast, and writes regularly for Circlewood’s online journal, The Ecological Disciple. His recent essay, “Searching for Greener Pastors: Forming Congregational Leaders in the Anthropocene,” explores ways that theological education can form ecologically-conscious leaders ready to guide communities into new forms of faith and practice. James has a B.A. from Gordon College, a MDiv. from North Park Theological Seminary, a DMin. from Duke Divinity School, and is an ordained minister in the Covenant denomination. He and his family live in the Redmond area of the Cedar River Watershed.