One of the world’s leading ecological theologians, the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire, comes to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago on April 20 at 7 p.m., to deliver the Earth Week lecture, “Luther, the Word and Nature: The Ambiguities and Promise.” The free public lecture is part of the LSTC course “The Future of Creation: Foundations for a Just and Sustainable World” sponsored by the Zygon Center for Religion and Science. That evening, LSTC will present Dr. Santmire with the 2010 Confessor of Christ Award.
Paul Santmire is the author of several groundbreaking works of ecological theology, including Brother Earth: Nature, God and Ecology in a Time of Crisis (1970), The Travail of Nature: The Ambiguous Ecological Promise of Christian Theology (1985), and Nature Reborn: The Ecological and Cosmic Promise of Christian Theology (2000). For four decades he has been a prophetic witness and defining voice in getting the church to face the modern ecological crisis. His latest book, Renewing Christian Liturgy in a Time of Crisis (2008) explores the ecological meanings of Christian worship practices.
Dr. Santmire and Joseph Sittler were the theological writers for the statement on the environment of the Lutheran Church in America. Santmire served as a theological writer for the ecology statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. During his career he has served as college chaplain at Harvard’s University Lutheran Church, chaplain and lecturer in religion at Wellesley College, pastor of an inner-city congregation in Hartford, Conn., and senior pastor of a metropolitan congregation in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Santmire is an active participant in The Lutheran Earth Keeping Network of Synods (LENS).
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Zygon Center for Religion and Science was established in 1988 as a partnership program of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science (CASIRAS). It is dedicated to relating religious traditions and the best scientific knowledge in order to gain insight into the origins, nature and destiny of humans and their environment, and to realize the common goal of a world in which love, justice and responsible patters of living prevail.
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