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Bowling Green’s second Interfaith Workshop on Earth Care Feb. 20-21

EVENT RESCHEDULED: The second Bowling Green Interfaith Workshop on Earth Care, originally scheduled for Feb. 20-21, has been rescheduled for April 10-11.


WKU’s Community Religious Literacy Project will host its second Interfaith Workshop on Earth Care Feb. 20-21.

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WKU’s Community Religious Literacy Project will host its second Interfaith Workshop on Earth Care on Feb. 20-21. More: Registration form; workshop program.

Dr. Whitney Bauman, an assistant professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University, will present Planetary Ethics: An Intergenerational, Unpredictable and ‘Wicked’ Problem at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Mass Media and Technology Hall. The evening’s session also will include a panel discussion by Dr. Bruce Schulte (Biology), Dr. Ian Schnee (Philosophy), Rev. Markus Von Steinfort (Grace Church) and Dr. John All (Geography & Geology).

The workshop, which includes several WKU and community sponsors, continues from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at The Presbyterian Church, 1003 State St. The day’s sessions will include the following presentations and discussions on earth care and climate change:

A Voices from the City of Bowling Green panel discussion at 9 a.m. featuring Sacred Ground: Soil and Civilization by Timothy Kercheville, a local farmer; A Summary of the History and Future of the Office of Sustainability by Christian Ryan, WKU Sustainability coordinator; and Stormwater in the City of Bowling Green by Josh Hankins, Environmental Compliance Coordinator of the Department of Public Works.

A keynote presentation at 10:15 a.m. featuring Building of a Future of Compassion in Earth Care by Timothy Darst, Interfaith Power & Light; Global Christianity in an era of Climate Change by Bella Mukonyora, WKU Religious Studies; Buddhist No-Self and Earth Care by Jeffrey Samuel, WKU Religious Studies.

A WKU faculty panel discussion on Biology, Geology, Geography and Medical Lessons on Climate Change at 1:30 p.m. featuring Local to Global Impact on what we each do on Planet Earth by Dr. John All, Geography & Geology; Climate Change, Poverty and Health by Dr. Nancy Rice, Biology; Global Problem of Emerging, Re-emerging and Infectious Diseases by Dr. Cheryl Davis, Biology.

A WKU student panel discussion at 1:30 p.m. on Next Generation Guardians of Earth Care featuring Ecofeminism: Women and Nature as Commodities by Nation Mackenzie, a December 2014 graduate; Slow Food as an alternative to corporate agriculture by Laura Goodwin, student and representative of Christ Episcopal Church; The Emergence of Gaia Culture in the West: A Response to the Reality of Global Warming by Tiffani Walton, student.

Group discussions on Local Best Practices will begin at 3:15 p.m. and will include Timothy Darst and representatives of local groups.

Registration is $20; $10 for students. To register or for information, contact Dr. Bella Mukonyora at bella.mukonyora@wku.edu or (270) 745-5754. More: Registration form; workshop program.

Workshop sponsors include WKU’s Office of Research, Office of Sustainability, Community Religious Literacy Project and Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility; WKU’s departments of Agriculture, Biology, Communication, Diversity & Community Studies, Engineering, English, Geography & Geology, History, Philosophy & Religion, Public Health and Social Work; Sierra Club; WKU Ecology Club; interfaith co-sponsors Am Shalom Jewish Congregation, Christ Episcopal Church, First Christian Church, Grace Church, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Islamic Center, The Presbyterian Church, State Street Baptist Church and Unitarian Universalist Church.

Contact: Bella Mukonyora, (270) 745-5754

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