The seminary with a farming heritage sells land to an earth-friendly foundation.
Given my love of environmental stewardship (which I have long argued is a moral and spiritual responsibility for Christians), sustainable agriculture, and local food and farming, I think this is awesome news! Nashotah House is not only the Episcopal Church’s traditional Anglo-Catholic seminary, having been founded in the 19th century by Jackson Kemper and his companions, godly men influenced by the Oxford Movement, but in more recent years has also opened its doors to educate and form priests for other Anglican bodies, as well, including Continuing Anglican jurisdictions and the ACNA.
As this article points out, “The center of gravity in the religious environmental movement has been on the liberal wing.” For one of the more conservative, theologically orthodox Anglican seminaries in the U.S. to become involved in land conservation and sustainable agriculture — although these are part of Nashotah House’s roots — is a significant and, to me, encouraging development. It is more than time that the theologically orthodox stopped conceding the moral high ground on these issues to the religious left! One cannot rightly and believably claim to love God the Creator while willfully damaging and degrading His good Creation (see comments).
To again quote this article, “As an Anglo-Catholic seminary, Nashotah House is more theologically conservative than most of its Episcopal counterparts, yet it stands to become the standard bearer for sustainable agriculture… ‘Why do we care about the environment? Because God made it, and God cared enough about it to take human flesh to redeem it,’ [the Very Rev. Steven Peay, Nashotah House’s dean and president] said. ‘If that’s the case, then what we have to do is be good stewards of it.’” To which I can only say, amen, and amen!