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Dr. Russell Butkus and Dr. Steven Kolmes will present on Nov. 9, Brother Louis Nguyen lecture on Dec. 14

The Mount Angel Abbey's Christian in the World Fall 2019 Lecture Series is set to continue in November by welcoming Drs. Russell Butkus and Steven Kolmes.

In the Nov. 9 lecture, titled "Interfacing Science and Religion," Drs. Butkus and Kolmes will open the day by addressing the issue of sustainability from biology/ecology and Catholic Social Teaching wherein they will develop an expanded notion of the common good and address Pope Francis' idea of "integral ecology" in chapter 4 of Laudato Si.

In the late morning second session, they will "deal with the ecological issue of the bioaccumulation of persistent toxins and the very real risk of exposure for infants and children." They will address the human health impacts of exposure and develop a response from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching.

About the speakers

COURTESY PHOTO - Dr. Russell Butkus, Professor Emeritus, ret., Department of Theology, University of PortlandDr. Butkus, who holds a Masters of Education and a Ph.D. from Boston College, retired this spring after 34 years on the University of Portland faculty. Throughout his long career as teacher and writer, his research, writing and teaching interests have been in the field of environmental theology and ethics. Since 1995, he has team-taught a course entitled "Theology in Ecological Perspective" with Dr. Kolmes.

COURTESY PHOTO - Dr. Steven Kolmes, Director of Environmental Studies, Molter Chair in Science, Professor of Biology, University of PortlandDr. Kolmes is Director of the Environmental Studies Program, Professor of Biology, and holds the Rev. John Molter, C.S.C., Chair in Science at the University of Portland. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University Athens, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Incidentally, when they were unable to find a suitable text book for the course, they wrote their own, titled "Environmental Science and Theology in Dialogue."

Coffee and light foods are provided during morning registration and breaks. Registration for the session begins at 8:45 a.m., followed by a short prayer and announcements at 9 a.m. The day will include two lectures and a "Dialogue with Speaker" segment. It will end at approximately 11:50 a.m. and cost is $15 for adults or $5 for students.

Dec. 14 Lecture

The Fall Lecture Series will conclude on Dec. 14 with a presentation by Brother Louis Nguyen, who will discuss evolution, examining it in the light of the Catholic/Christian belief in creation.

The day's program will follow the usual pattern. Participants are welcome to attend the community Mass in the Abbey church at 8 a.m. The library, where the talks will be presented, will be opened around 8:30 a.m. Participants are welcome to sign in, enjoy a cup of coffee and a roll, and socialize a bit before the session begins with an opening prayer at 9 a.m.

Immediately following are the two presentations of roughly 45 minutes each, followed by a question and answer period, which begins around 11:15 a.m. and concludes shortly before noon so participants can join the monks for Midday Prayer if they desire.

All sessions are in the Mount Angel Abbey Library auditorium. The Mount Angel Abbey is located at One Abbey Drive, Saint Benedict, near Mt. Angel.


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