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Earth Day program looks at how Islam and Judaism approach care of creation

Posted Apr 8, 2008

The Lutheran School of Theology is offering a special interfaith program on the environment on Tuesday, April 22, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in LSTC Room 350. Two speakers, one representing Islam and the other representing Judaism, will share their traditions' approach to 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 speak about what Judaism has to say about care of creation. He is Rabbi Emeritus and Senior Scholar at North Shore Congregation Israel, where he served as Senior Rabbi for 25 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 of Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology (773-256-0670).

Contact:

Christina Heisser
Executive Coordinator
Zygon Center for Religion & Science
(773) 256-0670
zcrs@lstc.edu

Jan Boden
Director of Communications
773-256-0744
jboden@lstc.edu

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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