Ecotheology, Joseph Sittler, Finland and Chicago

Guest Lectures by Rev. Panu Pihkala

* Typologies of Ecological Theology in International Research
- A rare general survey of literature from Europe, Americas and Africa

* Joseph Sittler and Ecumenical Ecotheology
- Insights from the ongoing dissertation project of Rev. Pihkala

* Environmental Work of the Lutheran Church of Finland
- Gratitude, Respect, Moderation: The Climate Program
- Practical recommendations and action in a European context

Saturday, April 9, at Dr. Paul Heltne’s office
4001 N. Ravenswood, Ste. 401, Chicago (corner of Ravenswood and Irving Park Rd)

10.30 am Session 1: Typologies of Ecotheology, Sittler research
Noon Discussions over lunch at Café 28; excellent food, nearby, prices reasonable
1.30 pm Session 2: Finnish/ European discussion on the environment, conclusions - 3 pm

It is also possible to participate in the sessions independently. Both sessions will include discussion.

Rev. Pihkala is preparing his dissertation on Joseph Sittler and Ecumenical Ecotheology in the University of Helsinki under Prof. Risto Saarinen. Pihkala is at the moment in Chicago, researching the Sittler archives at LSTC and University of Chicago collections. He works as a writer and trainer in Christian environmental work, and is currently translating his book Nature and the Bible – On the Roots of Christian Environmental Education (“Luonto ja Raamattu”, 2010) into English.

Dr. Heltne’s office is easily reached by the Brown Line to the Irving Park station and a short half block walk to the east on Irving, just past the Metra tracks. Buzz his office for entry and walk or take elevator to the 4th floor, room 401. If driving, take Lake Shore Drive to Irving Park and come east to Ravenswood and park in the areas to the north of Irving. Note that parking is open after 10 am.


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