After a year where climate change was the topic of an encyclical at the Vatican and political and business discourse as leaders gathered for a global climate summit in Paris, the Zygon Center for Religion and Science in Chicago, has announced plans to broaden the discussion from a theological viewpoint as part of its spring seminar.

Dr. Richard Perry, director of the urban ministry program at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and Dr. Gayle Woloschak, associate director of the Zygon Center, are co-chairs for the sessions in the Future of Creation 2016 seminar. The theme is “Foundations for a Just and Sustainable World” and the seminar begins on February 1 and runs on Monday evenings through May 2. A detailed list of speakers has yet to be announced.

“We believe that community coalitions – between scientists and people of faith, between scholars of religion and leaders of religious communities – are necessary to forge a just and sustainable world,” seminar organizers wrote.

The seminar sessions are open to the public and are structured for attendees to learn, reflect and act in response to today’s and tomorrow’s environmental crises – informed by contemporary scientific insights, guided by critical religious perspectives and trained in practical public strategies.

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