Learn with Others in Online Community Across the Nation:

Connections between People and Nature 

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston invites you to attend Conversations on Creation, an educational web meeting series whose theme in 2017 is: Connections between People and Nature. 

Invasive Species : Feb. 26, 6 p.m. Central

We often think of people and nature and separate entities. Yet we humans depend on the natural world in many ways and, in turn, impact nature through our activities.  At the February 2017 web meeting, we welcome Professor Scott Solomon from Rice University, Biosciences, who will speak on Invasive Species.  In his talk, he will examine one specific way in which humans affect the natural world: by transporting species around the world, we are creating powerful adversaries that impact not only native species but ourselves as well. Professor Solomon is a biologist and science writer who teaches ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication. He recently published his first book, Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution.  Professor Solomon will address Connections between People and Nature from the perspective of biosciences on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. After his talk, there will be time for Q&A.  If you would like to join this online conversation, please register at www.eventbrite.com (search for “Connections between People” in Houston, TX) and you will receive an invitation to the web meeting. 

Journey of the Universe : Feb. 27, 6:30 – 8 p.m. central – Film screening

Follow-up Educational Series/Conversations: most Mondays & Fridays thru Apr. 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Central  

The Lutherans Restoring Creation Team of the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA invites you to go on the Journey of the Universe.  This Emmy-award winning documentary narrates the 14 billion year story of the universe's development in a way that is accessible to everyone. The film tells a comprehensive story drawing on astronomy and physics to explain the emergence of galaxies and stars, geology and chemistry to understand the formation of Earth, biology and botany to trace life's evolution, and anthropology and history to see the rise of humans. Journey weaves science and humanities in a new way that allows for a comprehensive sense of mystery and awe to arise. This approach expands the human perspective beyond an anthropocentric worldview to one that values life's complexity and sees the role of humans as critical to the further flourishing of the Earth community. There are hundreds of thousands of people around the planet who are participating in this transformative work for the environment, energy, agriculture, economics, education, and the arts. This also includes work for sustainable cities and improved racial relations. Many of these specialists are interviewed in a 20 part educational series of filmed conversations.  All sessions (documentary & educational series) will be held online, via web meeting, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. central time. Time for discussion is included in the schedule. Please register at www.eventbrite.com (search for Journey of the Universe in Houston, TX) if you will attend any session, whether attending in person or online.  Join us on the journey of the universe! See details below.

If you would like to join this online conversation, contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com to register.

Connection details for the web meeting can be found on Facebook, on the events listing for Christ the King - Creation Care.

Educational Series Details:

·       Mar. 3                 Beginning of the Universe & Galaxies Forming Joel Primack, Distinguished Professor of Physics, UC-Santa Cruz & Todd Duncan, Science Integration Institute

·       Mar. 6                 The Emanating Brilliance of Stars  & Birth of the Solar System Joel Primack, Distinguished Professor of Physics, UC-Santa Cruz & Todd Duncan, Science Integration Institute & Craig Kochel, Geology Dept., Bucknell University

·       Mar. 20               Life’s Emergence & Learning, Living, and Dying - Terry Deacon, Anthropology Dept., UC-Berkeley & Ursula Goodenough, Biology Dept., Washington University

·       Mar. 24               The Passion of Animals & The Origin of the Human - Scott Sampson, Utah Museum of Natural History & Melissa Nelson, American Indian Studies, San Francisco State  University & John Grim, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University

·       Mar. 27               Becoming a Planetary Presence & Transition - Cynthia Brown, Dominican University of California & Mary Evelyn Tucker, Forum on Religion & Ecology, Yale University

·       Mar. 31               Breakthrough Communities & Eco-Cities - Carl Anthony, Breakthrough Communities & Richard Register, Ecocity Builders

·       Apr. 3                  Ecological Economics & Permacultures  Richard Norgaard, Energy & Resources Program, UC-Berkeley & Penny Livingston, Regenerative Design Institute

·       Apr. 7                  Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Sustainable Energy   Nancy Maryboy, Indigenous Education Institute & David Begay, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Northern Arizona University & Paula Gonzalez, EarthConnection

·       Apr. 10:               Healing and Revisioning & Arts and Justice - Belvie Rooks, Growing a Global Heart & Marya Grathwohl, Earth Hope & Drew Dellinger, Planetize the Movement

·       Apr. 17                Myths, Metaphors, and Identities & Teaching Journey of the Universe - Sachiko Kawaura, Dept. of Psychology & Human Relations, Nanzen University & Nancy  Abrams, author, The New Universe & the Human Future & Bindu Hamanty, teacher & Tom Collins, Religion & Philosophy Dept., The Lawrenceville School