Internationally recognized ecologist and sustainability leader Terry Gips will discuss "Religion and Sustainability: How Caring for Creation Benefits Our Spiritual Life, Finances, Business, Community and Planet" in a 7:30 p.m. lecture Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.
The lecture is sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and is free and open to the public. The center is a partnership of St. Thomas and St. John's University. For more information about the talk, call the center at (651) 962-5780.
For more than three decades, Gips has been at the forefront of the sustainability movement, helping organizations and communities meet the challenge of living more sustainably. In his presentation, Gips will explore the spiritual and ethical teachings of different religious traditions that bear on this challenge and the steps we can all take to live in more sustainable ways.
"At their best, religions are vehicles for sustaining and enhancing life on our planet," Gips said, "and we do ourselves and our communities and our planet a great favor when we draw on the life-sustaining and life-enhancing power of our religious traditions."
Gips serves as president of Alliance for Sustainability and its Center for Spirituality and Sustainability, CEO of Sustainability Associates, founding vice-chair of Congregations Caring for Creation, adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, board member of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life and board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
The author of the widely acclaimed Breaking the Pesticide Habit and the co-author of The Humane Consumer and Producer Guide, Gips served as technical editor of Reviving the Land and has written numerous articles based on his work in 45 countries.
The lecture is supported by the Beverly and Sidney Cohen and the Max and Helen Winter family foundations.