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Loving our Future Neighbour: Earth-Keeping as Christian Witness

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Dr Laura Yoder explores the centrality of creation care to Christian witness, and what it means to love future generations as ourselves.

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How wide and deep is our mission in the world? And what responsibility do we bear as a holistic witness to our descendants?

Typically, ‘mission’ means joining in God’s plans for human flourishing, calling all to align with the just and loving reign of Jesus over all things.  And yet we’re now recognising that Christ’s sovereignty is over the whole cosmos, concerned with the shalom of all creatures as a testimony to God’s caring rule.

In this year’s John Stott London Lecture, drawing directly on Stott’s writings on creation care and her own ongoing research on human-environment interactions in Asia, Dr. Yoder will show that creation care is a vital part of Christian life and witness, holding an integral place in our everyday discipleship.

Through the work of groups like A Rocha, and the faithful service of ordinary Christians in their diverse vocations, we are called to love our future neighbour – those yet to be born, who will inherit what we make of God’s created world. Earth-keeping, then, becomes an essential aspect of our Christian witness, revealing God’s sustaining love for all creation across all time.

Dr Laura Yoder is Director and John Stott Chair of Human Needs and Global Resources, and Professor of Environmental Studies at Wheaton College, Illinois. Her research highlights the sociopolitical aspects of our common ecological issues, drawing on years of grounded fieldwork. In 2021, she completed Living Radical Discipleship (Langham) and John Stott on Creation Care (IVP).  The latter, originally drafted by R.J. ‘Sam’ Berry, is the definitive anthology of Stott’s writings revealing his passion for the environment and creation care’s place in Christian discipleship.

The John Stott London Lecture is organised by representatives of All Souls Langham Place, A Rocha, Langham Partnership, and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. 

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Dr Laura Meitzner Yoder is Director and John Stott Chair of Human Needs and Global Resources and Professor of Environmental Studies at Wheaton College, Illinois.

In this work she enjoys engaging with integral mission scholar-practitioners worldwide. Her research focuses on human–environment interactions in Southeast Asia and Latin America, working alongside smallholder farmers and forest dwellers, and communicating their priorities to policymakers. She co-convenes a research collective on the enduring legacies of colonial land policy worldwide.

She is on the founding Board of Tearfund USA, and when living in London in years past, All Souls Langham Place has been her home church.

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