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University of Michigan's Erb Institute Announces "Religious Perspectives on Climate Change".



Oct. 19 Conference Explores Concern for Global Environmental Issues through Spectrum of Religious Beliefs

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan (body, education) University of Michigan - A large cosmopolitan university in the Midwest USA. Over 50000 students are enrolled at the University of Michigan's three campuses. The students come from 50 states and over 100 foreign countries.  today announced that it will sponsor "Religious Perspectives on Climate Change," a one-day conference on Friday, Oct. 19, that will bring together nationally known leaders in religion, academia, business and politics to discuss religious beliefs as they pertain to nature and the environment and how environmental issues, particularly climate change, can be impacted through personal belief systems that are transformed into action.

The morning session will feature Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University, co-founder and co-director, Forum on Religion and Ecology Religion and ecology is an emerging subfield in the academic discipline of Religious Studies. It is founded on the understanding that, in the words of Iranian-American philosopher Seyyed Hossein Nasr, "the environmental crisis is fundamentally a crisis of values," and that , as keynote. Session participants represent a broad religious spectrum and will explore the environmental crisis and climate change as an article of religious faith. They will consider issues such as whether individuals have missed the Genesis mandate and how belief systems inform our moral responsibilities to address climate change.

The Reverend Sally Bingham, president, The Regeneration Project, will keynote the afternoon session. Participants will discuss the impact of turning religious beliefs into activism through lifestyle changes, engagement with city government, influencing developments in federal policy and, at the most personal level, through investing based on a socially responsible strategy.

"The question of how our religious beliefs impact our relationship to the environment has never been more relevant than in these times of great concern about the future of our world and our global climate," said Andrew Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, Ross School of Business Notable alumni
Activists
  • Terence A. G. Davis (BUS: MBA 1962) - Member of the UK Parliament House of Commons for 28 years, now Secretary General of the Council of Europe and human rights activist.
  • Jesse Hill Jr.
 and conference chairman. "Our conference will bring together representatives of the Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Protestant faiths to discuss these major moral questions and to hear from political, business and academic leaders on how to turn those beliefs into every day actions that could drive major social change."

Conference participants include the Rev. Charles Morris, executive director, Michigan Interfaith Power and Light; Dr. Calvin DeWitt, University of Wisconsin-Madison “University of Wisconsin” redirects here. For other uses, see University of Wisconsin (disambiguation).
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; Dr. Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University; Imam Achmat Salie, Islamic Studies Program, Oakland University; Rabbi Nathan Martin, Assistant Director, University of Michigan Hillel; and Dr. Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, emeritus, Union Theological Seminary Union Theological Seminary may refer to:
  • Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, an ecumenical seminary affiliated with Columbia University in Manhattan
  • Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education, in Richmond, Virginia
; Danielle Conroyd, IHM IHM Immaculate Heart of Mary (Roman Catholic religious order)
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 Sisters; the Honorable George Hartwell, Mayor of the City of Grand Rapids; Prof. John Dernbach, Widener University School of Law The Widener University School of Law is an ABA accredited program which operates on two campuses, one in Wilmington, Delaware, and the other in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. History ; and Leslie H. Lowe, Energy & Environment Program Director, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) is a coalition of 275 faith-based institutional investors. Founded in 1973, the organization advocates for corporate social responsibility and files shareholder resolutions and engages in dialogue with corporate management on .

The Conference will be held at Weill Hall, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy The Ford School offers wide-ranged research in public policy and is known for its strong quantitative orientation. The school runs dual degree programs with the University of Michigan Law School, Ross School of Business, School of Information, School of Social Work, School of Natural , The University of Michigan, 735 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County.
. Registration for the conference is available online through the Erb Institute Web page http://www.erb.umich.edu.

About the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise

Created in 1996, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise is a 50-50 partnership between the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Stephen M. Ross For other persons named Stephen Ross, see Stephen Ross (disambiguation).

New York City-based real estate developer Stephen M. Ross is founder, chairman and CEO of The Related Companies, L.P.
 School of Business at the University of Michigan. The Institute fosters professional education, public outreach and scientific scholarship supportive of the transition to sustainability - that is, meeting the fundamental needs of a growing human population in an equitable manner within the means of nature. Utilizing a collaborative approach, the Institute helps business, government and civil society organizations to achieve meaningful progress toward sustainability. Its mission is be a premier source of knowledge and leadership for the achievement of environmentally, economically and socially sustainable development and enterprise
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