Largest Faith-Based Earth Day Broadcast Event Announced

Blessed Earth To Host Live Simulcast from Northland Church in Orlando on April 21; Thousands of Churches To Participate In Unique Interactive Experience


Wilmore, KY — One night, one message: The Church United. On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, the eve of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, the non-profit organization Blessed Earth and other prominent partners will host a live, one-night-only simulcast event, “Hope for Creation: A Live Simulcast Event.” View the event trailer at www.blessedearth.org

Thousands of churches and religious leaders of various denominations will participate in the largest faith-based gathering that will include live musical performances, interactive audience participation, and a 45-minute exclusive preview of forthcoming Blessed Earth video series “Hope for Creation,” which explores the biblical vision for care of the planet.

The simulcast will be broadcast from Northland Church in Orlando, FL, the 12th largest church in America, with its lead pastor Dr. Joel Hunter serving as the moderator. Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, the founders of the environmental nonprofit Blessed Earth, will host “Hope for Creation,” which will include biblical teaching on caring for the God’s creation, fellowship and call to action regarding caring for the Earth. 

“This is not a political issue. It has nothing to with national boundaries or church denominations. When we’re not using resources responsibly or being good stewards of the resources God has given us, we’re harming our neighbors and we’re not showing love and respect for God the creator,” says Nancy Sleeth. 

“The church has reawakened to the call to tend and protect the garden,” Dr. Sleeth said, referencing the Garden of Eden from the book of Genesis. “This is a night to spend together in the garden — worshipping God, dedicating ourselves to be good stewards, humbling ourselves in awe of what we have been given, and understanding our role in caring for the earth.” 

Asbury Theological Seminary, one of the world’s largest seminaries, is partnering with Blessed Earth on the

event. Churches, colleges, small groups, families and individuals are encouraged to register at www.blessedearth.org, and also preview the event trailer.

Blessed Earth is an educational nonprofit that inspires and equips faith communities to become better stewards of the earth. Through outreach to churches, campuses and media, they build bridges that promote measurable environmental change and meaningful spiritual growth.

Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth are available for interviews. Dr. Sleeth resigned from his position as chief of the medical staff and director of the ER to teach, preach, and write about faith and the environment throughout the country. Dr. Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two post-doctoral fellowships. He is the author of Serve God and Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action (Zondervan, April 2007), the introduction to the Green Bible (2008, HarperOne), and will release a second book, The Gospel According to the Earth: Why the Good Book is a Green Book, in spring 2010.