Encountering the Green Face of God

A coalition is bringing in Swarthmore College Religion Professor Mark I Wallace to relay a message of empowerment and engagement to people of all faiths around eco-justice.

Date and Time: October 11, 6:30 p.m. Coffee/Doors Open; 7 p.m.

Lecture: Encountering the Green Face of God

Location: High Plains Church Unitarian Universalist. 1825 Dominion Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, hpcuu.org

Questions: Roger Butts, revrogerb@msn.com 719-433-3135

Background Information: Mark Wallace has written two important books on the topic of green religion. The first is called Finding God in the Singing River, in which he attempts to play with images from earth based traditions and from the Christian tradition. It is a powerful example of what is possible around theological reflection that pursues truth and justice. Wallace retrieves a central but often neglected biblical theme—the idea of God as carnal Spirit who indwells all things—as the basis for constructing a “green spirituality” responsive to the environmental needs of our time. The second is called Green Christianity: Five Ways to a Sustainable Future. This is his latest book. Published September 15, 2010. Here is the description: The central message of this book is that religion has a special role to play in saving the planet. Religion has the unique power to fire the imagination and empower the will to break the cycle of addiction to nonrenewable energy. The environmental crisis is a crisis not of the head but of the heart. The problem is not that we do not know how to stop climate change but rather that we lack the inner strength to redirect our culture and economy toward a sustainable future.  Only a bold and courageous faith can support a long-term commitment to change. This book is a call to hope, not despair – a survey of promising directions and a call for readers to discover meaning and purpose in their lives through a spiritually charged commitment to saving the Earth.

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