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Potluck and discussion with distinguished theologian

October 6, 2014 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


rasmussenPhiladelphia PA Interfaith Power & Light invites you to a potluck supper and discussion with Dr. Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, NYC.  Dr. Rasmussen is the author of Earth Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key winner of the Nautilus Book Awards Grand Prize for 2014.

Dr. Rasmussen is giving the William Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics at Lutheran Theological Seminary on Tuesday, and would like to share his talk beforehand with activists, clergy, and others concerned about the ethical and faith dimensions of the ecological crisis.   The paper, “In the Midst of New Dimensions: From Social Justice to Creation Justice” will be sent to you as a PDF when you RSVP.  The conversation will begin at 7:00 p.m.

We DO ask that you read his paper
so our discussion will be rich, although no one will be pressured to speak. Cheryl Pyrch will send it to you when you RSVP to her at

We hope you can come; please invite others you think would be interested.  Philadelphia PA IPL will provide the vegetarian potluck (although if you’d like to share a dish it will be enthusiastically welcomed!).

Please RSVP to cpyrch@summitpres.net so we can prepare the table for you.    The event is free.  You may buy a signed copy of Earth Honoring Faith at the supper.

A quick perusal of the reviews for Earth Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key will have you pushing other things aside on your calendar!

In many ways Earth-Honoring Faith resembles an intricate, colorful song played by a vast collection of deft instrumentalists. Rasmussen is a master at tying together a large number of resources and perspectives, each carefully tuned to play the right notes. Persuasively, even lyrically, he has assembled a grand orchestra to inspire deep reflection and animate meaningful practice.” —The Christian Century

“This book is important, timely, sorely needed and deeply prophetic- delivering a hard, truthful indictment of the world as it is, but also suggesting visionary, hopeful Earth-honoring ways forward… yes, you should, you need , to read this.” —Journal of Lutheran Ethics

“Larry Rasmussen has once again penned a masterwork uniting ecological ethics and religious practices broadly envisioned. If the Earth is to survive, ethical theory and spiritual praxis are equally vital. Science informs. Religions motivat. A transformation combining these concepts is urgently needed at this moment in time on our planet.” —Catholic Books Review

“He [Rasmussen] writes extremely well, with elegance and eloquence, and weaves poetry, narrative, and personal stories into a tapestry informed by keen ethical insight and analysis. His treatment of power relations in the economy and of consumerism is masterful. This book is a must for anyone interested in the environment who is not willing to settle for lazy aphorisms and superficial panaceas.” —CHOICE

“This book is a tour-de-force, bringing together theological reflection and ethical persuasion to argue for the transformation of religions into their ecological phase. Larry Rasmussen is eloquent, comprehensive, and compelling in his articulation of a vision that is sorely needed for our emerging Earth Community.”–Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-Director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University

“Larry Rasmussen’s new work on religious ethics moves from a lyrical homage to the sacred web of life to a searing indictment of the utilitarian use of nature by both capitalist and socialist industrialization. Drawing on mystical, prophetic, and wisdom traditions, Rasmussen shows that a paradigm shift to an ecologically conscious civilization is possible. Inspired by local communities, an earth-honoring faith becomes a song of songs.”–Aruna Gnanadason, author of Listen to the Women, Listen to the Earth

“Rasmussen argues persuasively that religion needs to stop perceiving nature as the stage for the human salvation drama and view it instead as the locus for experience of the divine. His scholarship is impeccable and his ability to weave together insights from various fields and scholars is exemplary. Earth-honoring Faith is a grand intellectual endeavor that reflects interdisciplinary thinking at its best.”–Jim Martin-Schramm, Professor of Religion, Luther College

“By writing so lyrically and in open conversation with so many others struggling to create language for this civilizational transition, Larry Rasmussen shows the awkwardness of inherited language and ideas for discussing the new moral world that humanity needs to learn to inhabit. He demonstrates how to make sense of ancient moral traditions in a new context, and how to bend them into a new imagination of the world. This book is a serious contribution to religious ethics. It will be appreciated not only by scholars in the field but by many thinking readers worried about sustainability crises and looking for cultural resources to reshape our shared moral imagination.”–Willis Jenkins, author of Ecologies of Grace


October 6, 2014
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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