Covalence for April: Faith-based responses to climate change
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In advance of Earth Day on April 22, we are focused on the issues facing the planet due to climate change. How are people of faith responding? How should they respond? What does the Bible say?

Read on as we look at the evolving multi-faceted faith-filled response congregations, scientists and pastors have to the ever more critical issue of global warming.

Our theological editor George Murphy gives us a sense of what God’s word reveals about our response to climate change. Should we expect God to protect us from the consequences of our own actions?

We also highlight some related events that are expected to draw a good number of students, theologians and scientists.

Most notably, the Lutheran Campus Center at the University of Illinois will look at faith and science via the lens of how we care for water resources that are the source of life. Ashlynn Stillwell, Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois will share her perspectives on energy and water resources on April 23.

Also worth noting is an upcoming event where the Most Rev. Dr. Antje Jackelén will return to the Chicago area on April 30 when she delivers the Niebuhr Lecture at Elmhurst College.

Prior to becoming the archbishop of Uppsala and Sweden’s first woman archbishop of the Church of Sweden in 2014, Jackelén was professor of systematic theology and science from 2001 to 2007 at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, where she also was director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science.

In her lecture, she will present “A History of Cosmic Passion: The Role of Evil in a Complex World.”

Susan Barreto
Editor, Covalence

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