The Future of Creation 2016

Foundations for a Just and Sustainable World

Dr. Richard Perry and Dr. Gayle Woloschak Monday Evenings, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, February 1 through May 2, 2016 Room 201, 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 CC/RHTH 503. For more information about ZCRS, please visit, email, or call 773-256-0670.

Future of Creation Schedule - Spring 2016

February 1, 20166:30 pmCourse IntroductionRichard Perry, ethics, LSTC
February 1, 20168:00 pmCourse IntroductionGayle Woloschak, molecular biology, Northwestern University
February 8, 20166:30 pmReligious Environmental EthicsMichael Hogue, theology, Meadville-Lombard Theological School
February 8, 20168:00 pmRadiation and the EnvironmentGayle Woloschak, molecular biology, Northwestern University
February 15, 20166:30 pmGod (Always) Creates out of Creation in LoveThomas Oord, theology, Northwest Nazarene University
February 22, 20166:30 pmTBA
February 22, 20168:00 pmLoss of Species DiversityAntoinette Suitter
February 29, 20166:30 pmField Trip: “Radiation and the Environment,” Woloschak Lab, Northwestern University
March 7, 2016No Lectures (Reading Week at LSTC)
March 14, 20166:30 pmReading the Bible with New LensesTed Hiebert, McCormick Theological Seminary
March 14, 20168:00 pmBending the Carbon Curv: Energy, Renewables, and the role of the Faith CommunityClare Butterfield Faith In Place interfaith environmental ministry
March 21, 2016No Lectures (Holy Week Recess at LSTC)
March 28, 20166:30 pmTransforming Policies on the EnvironmentRev. Booker Vance
March 28, 20168:00 pmTo Be AnnouncedPaul Heltne, The Ethopoiesis Project
April 4, 20166:30 pmStrategies for Building Community Resilience - Why Urban Nature (Really) MattersAbigail Derby, Field Museum
April 4, 20168:00 pmLaudata Si (Climate Change)Dawn Nothwehr Catholic Theological Union
April 11, 20166:30 pmWomanist Thought and CreationLinda Thomas,LSTC
April 11, 20168:00 pmFuneral Practices and CreationBen Stewart,LSTC
April 18, 20166:30 pmHuman Beings and CreationPhilip Hefner, systematic theology, LSTC and Zygon Center
April 18, 20168:00 pmEnvironmental JusticeRichard Perry, ethics, LSTC
April 25, 20166:30pmEarth Day Program - Interfaith Panel
May 2, 20166:30 pmStudent Project Presentations