upcoming events : Celebrating Earth Day an Interfaith Program on the Environment
“Your Guardian-Lord Is God, who created the heavens and the earth in six Days, and is firmly established on the Throne (of authority). He draweth the night as a veil o’er the day, each seeking the other in rapid succession. He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, all governed by laws under His Command. Is it not His to create and to govern? Blessed be God, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds!” ~Quran S. VII, v. 54
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 / 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Faith in Place is happy to co-sponsor the special interfaith program on the environment at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC Room 350). Our own Zainab Khan, along with Rabbi Herbert Bronstein, will share how their traditions approach caring for creation. These talks will be followed by a panel discussion and conversation with the audience. The evening will conclude with a reception.
Zainab Khan will speak on Islam’s approach to the environment. She is part of the Outreach Staff of Faith in Place, an Chicago-based, interfaith organization helping congregations respond to the environmental crisis. At Faith in Place, Ms. Kahn works with the TAQWA cooperative and other efforts to link Muslim values and support for sustainable farming. She has extensive experience as an educator in the Muslim school system. Ms. Kahn has degrees in history from the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Sustainable Living and New World History.
Herbert Bronstein will address the approach of Judaism. He is Rabbi Emeritus and Senior Scholar at North Shore Congregation Israel, where he served as Senior Rabbi for twenty-five years. He teaches history of religion and environmental studies courses at Lake Forest College, including “Religious and Ethical Perspectives on the Environment.” Rabbi Bronstein is a member of the Committee for Environmental Initiatives for the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago.
This event is part of “The Future of Creation,” a course taught on Tuesday evenings at the Lutheran School of Theology by David Rhoads, Professor of New Testament at LSTC, and Gayle Woloschak, Professor of Molecular Biology at Northwestern University and Director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science. The evening is funded by a grant from the Luce Foundation. Sponsors for this event include the Lutheran School of Theology, McCormick Theological Seminary, The Religion and Environment Initiative at the University of Chicago, Faith in Place, the Zygon Center, and the Center for Christian Muslim Engagement.
For more information about the presentation or to request a disability-related accommodation, contact Christina Heisser at the Zygon Center at the Lutheran School of Theology (773-256-0670).