Regular Friday Institute
September 24, 2010
Complimentary Buffet 6:30
(Please make reservation)
Macalester Board Room
Macalester College is at the intersection
of Snelling Ave. and Grand Ave. in Saint Paul.
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2010 - Presentation
"A Conservationist's Odyssey."
Institute is pleased to present Ms. Kathleen Weflen, editor in chief
of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, the people’s magazine
of Minnesota’s woods, waters, and wildlife. This monthly publication
has become the most widely circulated voice of awareness for our
state's natural resources. Her publishing leadership has become
a choice medium of conscience, highlighting achievements throughout
the state. The magazine reaches 150,000 households and every public
school and library in Minnesota with an estimated readership of
nearly a half million Minnesotans. Now in its 70th year, this publication
of the Department of Natural Resources is supported solely by reader
donations, whose stories and photographs appeal to birders and paddlers,
hunters and anglers, scientists and policy makers, everyone who
cares about protecting, using, and enjoying the state’s natural
resources. We will ask Ms. Weflen to identify her three principle
concerns for the Department of Natural Resources in our time. And
as usual, her presentation will allow ample discussion about our
citizen convictions and passions.
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R. Alan James
To some it may be anomalous that our institute, The Institute Of
Theological And Interdisciplinary Studies, should feature two fall programs
on environment and agricultural sustainability, and then leap to mysteries
and promises of Genome Research. It's all intentional. Our anchor has
been and will be theological thinking. But. Please consider. The foundation
of theology is not sheer abstraction. It is not mental calisthenics about
God and the world. It is, rather, a realization that the biblical religions
are fundamentally about the Creation. Some would object by saying, "oh
no. religions is about redemption, forgiveness, love and reconciliation."
So I will insist. The biblical religions are about the creation, what
is in the opening scene a vision of its goodness (the Hebrew word is TOV)
meaning at least its fittingness, its wholeness, its belonging togetherness.
The faltering and fractures are not greater than the whole. The "mercy"
which is without beginning and end is the insistence of that the incorrigible
God will not abandon the world, the whole, It is about a resilience we
intuit as of the nature of God.Redemption is derivative of the insistence
that the creation is good, to be cherished, cared for and revered as the
handiwork of the Great God.
So the world, the earth, and all that in it dwells, is the canvass on
which we scheme, doodle, design, and over which we ache to preserve its
goodness. And we believe the fall programming is cosy and consonant.
In September, Kathleen Weflen explores with all of us the issues of conservation
in Minnesota. September 24
In October, author Dan O'Brien, a celebrated writer, addresses a major
theme called "sustainability." What can, and cannot be sustained
in our ways of living? The issues are as sophisticated as Kantian Ethics,
as accessible and immediate as his conversion from cattle rancher to buffalo
herder. October 8
We'll have more on the Genome issue next month. November 12th..