Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics
Union Theological Seminary, New York City
Relevant Publications by Speaker
· Earth Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key (Oxford U. Press, 2013) – Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Book Awards; 2014 Gold Prize Winner in Ecology/Environment.
· Earth Community, Earth Ethics (Orbis Books, 1996) – Winner of the 1997 Grawemeyer Award.
CV available upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology
Retired, but Director of Earth-Honoring Faith Decade Project of Ghost Ranch, NM. Speaker and consultant on religion and ecology. Board member of Interfaith Power & Light of New Mexico; Board member of GreenFaith.
Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work
Summary Quote from Speaker
“Wicked problems like climate change, the death of nature in key locales (coral reefs, rainforest, permafrost belts), and the need for a difference socio-economic-political order are problems that cannot be solved with the same means and ways of life that created them. The old wineskins do not hold, the old cloth tears (Luke 5:33-39). A new era of responsibility asks for new capacities to devise different ways of living.
That requires courage—the courage to “lift the veil”—and be relentlessly honest about the human causes of Earth’s degradation: the courage to undertake a compassionate retreat from the world of those causes: the courage to live with the anguish of a diminished planet; the courage to embark on ‘ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown’; the courage, in short, to compose sing, and enter a new song.” Larry Rasmussen, from Earth Honoring Faith, p. 5