National Library Week Director's Program – Sustainability and Religion: Natural Partners or Uneasy Acquaintances

This event was held on April 12, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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National Library Week is April 12-20. Each year, AADL Director Josie Parker chooses a current topic of interest for the NLW Director's Program. This year the program is a panel discussion held in conjunction with the upcoming Earth Day/Sustainability lecture at Crisler Arena by the Dalai Lama. The distinguished panel will include Dr. Rolf Bouma, Pastor, Center for Faith and Scholarship/Campus Chapel (Christian Reformed), Ann Arbor; Sr. Paula Cathcart, Immaculate Heart of Mary/IHM, former member of the IHM Leadership Council, Monroe; Rabbi Robert D. Levy, Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor; and Gelek Rimpoche, Jewel Heart Tibetan Educational Center, Pittsfield Township. Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus James Crowfoot of the UM School of Natural Resources & Environment, will moderate the discussion, bringing his own experiences of teaching about sustainability and social change.

This interfaith dialog provides an opportunity to learn about what religions are doing and can do to address the threats of increasing environmental degradation, social violence, growing economic inequities, and other negative impacts of the industrial growth system. Religions and spirituality, along with science and other sources of knowledge and wisdom, can aid understanding of what is happening in our communities and world, and why certain changes are necessary to achieve sustainability.

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