The Future of Creation 2014

Foundations for a Just and Sustainable World

Dr. Barbara Rossing and Dr. Gayle Woloschak Monday Evenings, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, February 3 through May 5, 2014 Room 208, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615
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To live faithfully in today’s world, we need to face today’s problems. At the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (ZCRS), we believe that community coalitions—between scientists and people of faith, between scholars of religion and leaders of faith communities—are necessary to forge a better world. “The Future of Creation: Foundations for a Just and Sustainable World” addresses one key element in making a better world: developing effective, equitable, and sustainable responses to environmental degradation. We invite you to: Learn from leading scientists as they explain ecological systems and environmental threats. Find out more about how human action contributes to environmental degradation. Reflect on your responsibilities to the care of creation with help from theologians and biblical scholars. Consider new interpretations of the ways that our religious traditions guide us to respond to environmental crises. Act to improve environmental stewardship in your community. Learn and apply strategies for community and parish-based action developed by experienced organizers.

Course Credit and Registration

The Future of Creation course is designed as a graduate-level seminary course and public lecture series. All lectures are free and open to the public. Course credit is available via registration through the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) or cross-registration through member schools of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS); the course number is LSTC T/B/I-400. For more information about ZCRS, please visit, email, or call 773-256-0670.

Future of Creation Schedule - Spring 2012

January 31, 20126:30 pmCourse IntroductionBarbara Rossing, New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC)
January 31, 20128:00 pmCourse IntroductionGayle Woloschak, molecular biology, Northwestern University
February 7, 20126:30 pmEcology of Food and HungerDavid Creech, program director, Hunger Education, ELCA World Hunger
February 7, 20128:00 pmReligious Environmental EthicsMichael Hogue, theology, Meadville-Lombard Theological School
February 14, 20126:30 pmField Trip: “Radiation and the Environment,” Woloschak Lab, Northwestern UniversityMeeting in Ward Memorial Building, room 13-002, 303 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
February 21, 20126:30 pmOrganisms and HabitatsLinda Vick, biology, North Park University
February 21, 20128:00 pmLoss of Species DiversityPaul Heltne, evolutionary biology, Chicago Academy of Sciences and ZCRS
February 28No Lectures (Reading Week at LSTC)
March 6, 20126:30 pmPopulation Processes and ExtinctionsChris Mulvaney, science coordinator, Chicago Wilderness
March 6, 20128:00 pmSustainable Strategies for a Sustainable EnvironmentGeorge Nassos, environmental management, Illinois Institute of Technology
March 13, 20126:30 pmEnvironmental RacismRichard Perry, ethics, LSTC
March 13, 20128:00 pmNew Testament ReflectionsDavid Rhoads, New Testament, LSTC
March 20, 20126:30 pmTheology of NaturePhilip Hefner, theology, LSTC and ZCRS
March 20, 20128:00 pmOld Testament ReflectionsTed Hiebert, Old Testament, McCormick Theological Seminary
March 27, 20126:30 pmClimate Change and Daily BreadBarbara Rossing, New Testament, LSTC
March 27, 20128:00 pm Open Discussion
April 36:30 pmNo Lectures (Holy Week at LSTC)
April 10, 20126:30 pmPresentation and Discussion: “Coal in Southern Illinois,”Clare Butterfield, director, Faith in Place
April 17, 20126:30 pmThe Spirit of AgricultureGavin Van Horn, Midwest director, Center for Humans and Nature
April 17, 20128:00 pmLiturgy, Ecology and the End(s) of CreationRobert Saler, theology, LSTC
April 24, 20126:30pmEarth Day Program(speakers TBA)
May 1, 20126:30 pmStudent Project Presentations