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Mark Wallace to Speak on "Green Christianity" at WIU

October 22, 2007

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MACOMB, IL - - Mark Wallace, a leading national spokesperson for the "Green Christianity" movement, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 in the University Union Heritage Rooms at Western Illinois University. His lecture, "The New Green Christianity: Why Biblical Religion is Vital to Saving the Earth," is part of the University Theme "Global Challenges and Personal Responsibility – Environmental Sustainability" 2007-2008 Speaker Series. It is open free to the public.

A religion professor at Swarthmore College, Wallace will address how, across the political spectrum, Christians care for creation has become a core moral issue for biblically centered believers concerned about climate change and the loss of global bio-diversity.

He will also lead the roundtable discussion, "The Green Campus: Models of Sustainability in Higher Education Today," from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 in Stipes Hall 501. The discussion will be based on an environmental studies capstone course he taught in Spring 2007 that culminated in students presenting a campus sustainability plan to Swarthmore College. Information on that proposal is at

Wallace has authored several books that reflect on the theological and spiritual dimensions of creation and ecology. His most recent book, "Finding God in the Singing River: Christianity, Spirit and Nature," (2005) draws on biblical images that foster an ecological sensibility, a "green spirituality."

The College of Arts and Sciences and the philosophy and religious studies department are co-sponsors of Wallace's visit.

For more information, contact John Simmons, Western's philosophy and religious studies chair, at 309/298-1057. For more information on the University Theme Speaker Series, visit

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