Creation Care Study Program - Cascadia

Cascadia Sustainability Program - Camano Island, Washington


CCSP Cascadia

Program Overview
Inaugural Semester will be Fall 2013
George Fox University students may apply to study in Mustard Seed Village in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for one semester through a cooperative agreement with Mustard Seed Associates and the Creation Care Study Program. Academically rigorous and spiritually grounded, this program seeks young innovators interested in creating Mustard Seed change. Creation Care Cascadia will equip students to anticipate and analyze environmental, economic and social change so that they might create new forms of sustainable life, community and economic networks. Students will be empowered to develop new skills as social, environmental, and economic entrepreneurs who live and serve God responsibly. While at CCSP Cascadia, students will be nurtured in a deeper understanding of God's loving purposes for the environment, for created order, and for human society...and be aided in imagining new ways to advance these purposes. Throughout the semester, students will be involved in an expression of a mutual care community that is more sustainable environmentally and economically. Additionally, sustainability initiatives, like Sustainable Bellingham, that are empowering local communities to flourish in these troubled times, will be explored.

Core Courses

  • God and Nature: Theology of Community and Creation Care - Central to the mission of CCSP, this course helps students to develop a theology of creation that understands humans as stewards of the earth. Through the study of scripture, and other relevant texts, students explore the theology of creation, biblical stewardship, questions of faith and science, and Christian responses to current environmental problems.
  • Social Entrepreneurship - This course is intended to be an introduction to practices and principles of social entrepreneurship – roughly defined, the creative implementation of business strategies and market principles to work for social change.  The course focuses in great part on innovative approaches to addressing social needs, and explores contemporary case studies. 
  • Environmental Issues - In this course students explore a broad array of environmental issues as they relate to an array of other global issues in the coming decade. With an emphasis on sociological, political and economic issues, the course looks frankly at the globally-costly outcomes of such issues, but emphasizes the hope offered by the biblical view of stewardship. Through an emphasis on case studies and field site visits, the course highlights the signs of hope that can be seen in the many examples of imaginative creation care being modeled by innovative individuals and organizations all over the world.
  • Introduction to Sustainable Community Development - This course explores how knowledge of ecological systems and values of creation care impact the formation and development of communities. In particular, the course gives attention to the ways in which people can live together in ways that promote environmental sustainability and social justice. Through readings, lectures and field trips to local indigenous communities, students study complex issues in sustainable development such as the nexus of poverty, the environment, and justice, and the many practical challenges associated with sustainable community development.
  • Native American Worldview: Conceptual Models of Stewardship and Sustainability In this course, students will develop an understanding of how First Nations Peoples view creation and how they have, over time, created sustainable communities.
  • Internship/Field Study - This course allows students the opportunity to gain experience in particular areas of sustainability or service. Internships are selected based upon student’s area of study, interests and professional aspirations. Through journals, discussions, readings, papers and presentations, students develop a greater understanding of what it means to engage in work in their chosen field.  

Canoeing the San Juan Islands and hiking the Cascade Mountains, visiting Christian monastic communities and sustainable eco-villages, working to create sustainable local agricultural and economic initiatives with local organizations, and create new sustainable possibilities for life after college. 

The student will fill out two applications:

George Fox off-campus application form (obtained from the Center for Study Abroad; or downloaded here).
Admission to CCSP Cascadia is competitive; applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the deadlines. Application will soon be available online.
*The CCSP Cascadia application should only be completed after being informed from the George Fox Center for Study Abroad that you are accepted for an off-campus study semester.

Application Deadlines
The student must obtain and fill out two applications: a George Fox off-campus application form (available at the Center for Study Abroad) and the CCSP Cascadia application. Upon receiving George Fox approval, the student may complete the application to CCSP. The George Fox application is always due the first Friday of Spring Semester.

Students must be full-time undergraduates with junior or senior status, holding a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply.

One semester of academic credit is awarded to undergraduates who successfully complete the program.  Core courses and the Native American elective course are each assigned a value of four credit hours, Internship/Field Study is assigned a value of two credit hours.  At the end of the Cascadia semester, grades are put on an official transcript and forwarded to the student's college or university registrar.

Students will spend the majority of the semester in Mustard Seed Village located on Camano Island, an idyllic, rural region tucked gently into the Salish Sea, a world away and yet only an hour north of Seattle, WA. The coastline and temperate forests of Camano and its surroundings provide a rich setting for environmental study, play and engagement.

The student pays George Fox's standard tuition, room and board, and student fees. Participants continue to receive financial aid, including scholarships, since they are officially George Fox students. Travel costs are credited to the student's George Fox account.

For more information, contact:
Center for Study Abroad
Lemmons 9
Phone: 503-554-2150