Scott Hardin-Nieri, Director of Creation Care Alliance of WNC
“The complexity, beauty and connectivity of creation are often inviting us to respond. First with a hike, a paddle, a tilt of our ear to the bird song, a climb of a tree or with a hammock embraced rest. Second with the words ‘wow,’ ‘thank you,’ and, perhaps, ‘I am sorry.’ Third with creatively inspired action intentionally designed to preserve and amplify all of life.” ~Scott Hardin-Nieri
Scott Hardin-Nieri is a newcomer to these beautiful mountains and rivers. Prior to living in Asheville, Scott and his family served in the vulnerable cloud forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica. There he learned to how to climb Fig Strangler trees, spot Two-toed Sloths, distinguish the call of a Three-wattle Bell Bird from a Black Face Solitaire and listen to people and nature in a new way. Scott is an ordained pastor with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served as a pastor in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Fort Collins, Colo., as well as in Spring and Houston, Texas. Scott has a degree in Business Management from Texas A&M University and holds a Master of Divinity and a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Scott enjoys accompanying people during transformative experiences, whether during hikes, spiritual direction, wilderness quests, stories shared, service learning trips, live music concerts, camps or retreats. He continues to be reminded of his true self most clearly in the forests, oceans and deserts and seeks to invite others, particularly faith communities into conversations regarding creation. With his partner, Rebecca, Scott has created Fireside Asheville, a community-building event based on personal story-telling, reflective listening and service. He is most alive when playing outside with Rebecca and their two children. He is excited to accompany the Creation Care Alliance and to be a part of the MountainTrue team.