Regular Friday Institute

September 24, 2010

Complimentary Buffet 6:30
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Program 7:15

Macalester Board Room

Macalester College is at the intersection of Snelling Ave. and Grand Ave. in Saint Paul.


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September 24, 2010 - Presentation

Katheen Weflen

"A Conservationist's Odyssey."

The 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.





Director's Notes:
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..