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GLIN==> Is God Green? Exploring the Link between the Environment and Spirituality at Northland College


          Northland College is pleased to offer a lecture and conversations with Dr. Holmes Rolston on March 23-24, 2007, in Ashland, Wisconsin, as part of its annual Van Evera Lecture and Seminar.* Dr. Rolston, one of the most well-respected figures in the philosophy of biology and religion, proposes that religion has a survival value for humankind that is compatible with genetics or evolutionary theory.


Dr. Rolston is a Distinguished Professor of philosophy at Colorado State University. His six published books, critically acclaimed in professional journals and the national press, have been used as texts in 150 universities and translated into 22 languages. His first book, Environmental Ethics, is considered a landmark text on environmental ethics. He has been named one of the 50 Key Environmental Thinkers by Joy Palmer in the book by that name. For more information about Dr. Rolston, please visit his web page by clicking here.


Dr. Rolston will talk about this topic at a free community lecture on Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian-Congregational Church in Ashland. In addition to this presentation, Northland College will host a one-day event called “Creation Care: A Northwoods Summit for Environmental Stewards” on Saturday, March 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


In the morning, Dr. Rolston and three other speakers will have a conversation with guests about environmental ethics. In the afternoon, faith leaders and the public will learn during breakout sessions what regional churches in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are doing to practice environmental stewardship. Some of the breakout sessions scheduled so far include:

            What are churches doing to participate in the national Stop Global Warming movement

            How can a church incorporate green building features and practices

            How can a church celebrate Earth Day, Lake Superior Day, or other special event

            How can your church educate children about how to be environmental stewards

            How can your church organize study circles that address environmental stewardship


Both events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration for the Saturday summit and lunch will be required to accommodate seating and food service (attendance is limited to 150 people). A soup and sandwich lunch buffet served at the church is $10, or you can bring your own bag lunch.


To pre-register for the summit, please contact the Van Evera Seminar Coordinator at (715) 682-1489 or email lecture@northland.edu 


*The Van Evera Endowed Lectureship Fund was created so that Northland College would host an eminent authority for a public lecture and lead a seminar to engage students, citizens, and faculty. Designed to bring these groups together around a particular environmental issue, the Van Evera Lecture and Seminar was established to bridge teaching and research with application and action.

 Founded in 1892, Northland College is an environmental liberal arts college located in Ashland, Wis., near the shores of Lake Superior. The college has been recognized as one of the top colleges in the nation for science and mathematics, as a model environmental campus for the Lake Superior basin, and as one of Wisconsin’s true liberal arts colleges.



Lissa Radke, Van Evera Coordinator, Northland College

(715) 682-1489