The elections are over, but the ethical challenges are still awaiting our response. As you know our year’s theme is “Environment, Economics and Equity.” We at CACE recognize the urgent and serious response that global climate change demands of us. To advance our thinking and our actions we have organized, together with several student groups on campus, an expert panel to address the issue of “Global Climate Change: A Faithful Response". Our Wheaton College president, Duane Litfin, who back in the spring signed the Evangelical Climate Initiative, will introduce the topic and provide some necessary background. Dr. Douglas Allen, an atmospheric physicist from Dordt College will present the scientific evidence regarding global warming. Dr. Kristen Page will help us anticipate the probable effects of global warming upon the world’s poor (see link to her paper below). Dr. P.J. Hill will help us think through the economic costs of various responses to global warming and Dr. Noah Toly will explore the need for international responses to climate change. The panel will be moderated by Chemistry Professor, Dr. Greta Bryson. This panel will take place on Monday, November 13 in Barrows Auditorium at 7pm (Billy Graham Center). The event is free and open to the public. It will also be broadcast over WETN-TV and the internet at WETN.
We are very pleased to announce that one of the leading climatologists in the world, Sir John Houghton, will be on campus January 22-24. He will be speaking at our college chapel on January 24 in the morning and then giving a major plenary message in the evening. He will address "Global Warming and Climate Change: A Challenge to Scientists and Christians." We will also be hosting a pastors’ workshop with him to help pastors teach and preach about “Creation Care” from their pulpits and in their church education classes. Email CACE@wheaton.edu to reserve your spot for the Pastor's Breakfast, Wednesday, January 24, 7:30 am. Cost will be $10 for breakfast and materials.
CACE will be partnering with the Anthropology Department in hosting Dianne King on campus in January. She will describe the cultural issue of "honor killings" among the Kurds in Iraq. She will also address the issue of the war and reconstruction among the Kurdish area of northern Iraq.
This past week we have been treated to a spiritual banquet at our Christian Moral Formation series. Drs. David and Kaswera Kasali from the Democratic Republic of Congo ministered to us for three nights on “When Christianity Doesn’t Make Sense.” They challenged us with the challenges of the Congo and how Christians are digging deep into their faith to respond to deep needs of the people. They urged us to form a new partnership between Christians in the global north and south that will be radically faithful to Jesus and powerfully convincing to the people.
Director of CACE
"Global Climate Change: A Faithful Response"
Monday, November 13, 7 - 9 pm, Barrows Auditorium
We will hear from our college president, Duane Litfin, climatologist Douglas Allen from Dordt College, and three of our own professors with great expertise in the field: Drs. Kristen Page, P.J. Hill, and Noah Toly. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Greta Bryson. This event is co-sponsored with the Wheaton College Science Division and is free and open to the public.
"Global Warming and Climate Change: a Challenge to Scientists and Christians"
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 7 pm, Edman Chapel
Sir John Houghton
New for 2006: CACE Ethical Issues - Resources from our Global Climate Change Panelists.
Dr. Doug Allen, Resource Recommendations:
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
US Climate Change Science Program
Overview of the Climate Change Issue by Sir John Houghton
Dr. Kristen Page, Resource Recommendations:
Loving Our Neighbors: Responsibility in the Created World by Dr. Kristen Page, May 2005 (pdf)
Dr. Noah Toly, Resource Recommendations:
Climate Change and Climate Change Policy as Human Sacrifice: Artifice, Idolatry, and Environment in a Technological Society by Dr. Noah Toly (pdf)
Changing the Climate of Christian Internationalism: Global Warming and Human Suffering By Noah J. Toly (pdf)
Dr. P.J. Hill, Resource Recommendations:
Copenhagen Consensus 2004 Study