Water is an increasing concern for Texas. As the climate warms, we expect to have less water. Meanwhile, our population is growing. How can we work together to ensure that all Texans have access to adequate supplies of fresh, clean water--and what religious principles and practices might offer guidance along the way?
On Monday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Brite Divinity School, Harrison Building, we will explore some of these issues from a religious perspective in "Water Matters: An Interfaith Conversation About the Environment in North Texas." This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Fort Worth Interfaith Power & Light--the local affiliate of Texas Interfaith Power & Light--and Brite Divinity School.
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Featured speakers will be:
- Dr. William Greenway is Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he focuses on contemporary conversations among theology and philosophy and church and society. He is especially interested in theology and ecology and spiritually. He speaks regularly at churches, academic conferences, and publishes in journals like The Christian Century, The Journal of Religion, and Theology Today. His course offerings range from more traditional offerings like "Plato and the Western Intellectual Tradition" and "Theology and Science: Critical Issues in the Contemporary Debate," to more creative offerings like "Nature, Theology, and Ethics" and the experientially based course, "An Adventure in Wilderness and Spirituality."
- Rabbi Lawrence Troster, joining us via Skype, is one of this country’s leading Jewish eco-theologians and religious environmental leaders. He is the creator and former director of GreenFaith’s Fellowship program which is the only interfaith environment training program for religious leaders in the world. He has also worked for Hazon and for the Coalition on Jewish Life and the Environment (COEJL). He has published numerous articles and has lectured widely on eco-theology, bio-ethics, and Judaism and modern science. He currently serves as the Rabbinic Director for J Street, and his most recent publication is "Mekor Hayyim: A Source Book on Water and Judaism."
Mrs. Karishma Himatsinghani holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Vikram University, India. Currently, she is the CEO of Radio Karishma, an internet radio station catering to the South Asian Audience. Karishma has been associated with Radio Broadcasting for over 8 years. She was inspired to start her own internet radio to provide a medium to freely express ideas and information about Hindu history, culture, festivals, music and issues. She is associated with many religious foundations, including being a Vice President with GYAN--the Green Yatra Action Network, which seeks to inspire a global Hindu response to environmental challenges. She is also an active volunteer with Sewa International and the Sanatana Dharam Foundation. Her knowledge of the Hindu religion and her command over the language and passion for communication give her an opportunity to clarify issues faced by Hindus.
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