The Future of Creation 2018

Foundations for a Just and Sustainable World

Dr. Lea F. Schweitz and Dr. Gayle Woloschak Monday Evenings, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, February 1 through May 2, 2016 Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

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 507. For more information about ZCRS, please visit, email, or call 773-256-0670.

Future of Creation Schedule - Spring 2018

February 5, 20186:00 pmCourse IntroductionDr. Lea Schweitz and Dr. Gayle Woloschak
February 5, 20187:30 pmBiodiversityDr. Gayle Woloschak
February 12, 20186:00 pmPrimate-ative CompassionDr. Paul Heltne
February 12, 20187:30 pmReading the Book of Nature: Toward a Lutheran Natural HistoryDr. Lea Schweitz
February 19, 20186:00 pmGroaning of Creation: Trauma, Travail, and Resilience in DakotaDr. Ann Pederson
February 19, 20187:30 pmThe Little Things That Run the World, Insects in an Age of Environmental TurmoilDr. Tierney Brosius
February 26, 20186:00 pmLaudato Si' and Human Dignity: Integral Ecology as ContextDr. Dawn Notwehr
February 26, 20187:30 pmEcology and the Ecumenical PatriarchDr. George Nassos
March 5, 20186:00 pmLiving Advent and LentDr. Aana Viegen
March 5, 20187:30 pmWomanism and the EnvironmentDr. Linda Thomas
March 12, 2018No Lectures Reading Week
March 12, 20186:00 pmBook Club Roundtable
March 26, 2018No Lectures Holly Week
April 2, 20186:00 pmSaving the Planet with Indigenous KnowledgeDr. Daniel Wildcat
April 4, 20187:30 pmThe Gospel in Ecological CrisisRev. Kwame Pitts
April 9, 20186:00 pmTransforming Policies on the EnvironmentRev. Booker Vance
April 16, 20186:00 pmField Trip to Woloschak Lab
April 23, 20186:00 pmEarth Day Panel
April 30, 20186:00 pmFilm Screening and Discussion: Climate Refugees
May 7, 20186:00 pmStudent Project Presentations