'Earthy Evangelist' to discuss climate change
Posted: October 07, 2008
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Rev. Richard Cizik will give the talk, "Climate Change," on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University. The talk is free to the public.
In 2005 The New York Times dubbed him the "Earthy Evangelist" for his advocacy on climate change. Cizik presents the concept of "creation care" as a call for people of faith to integrate their faith and love of the Creation with an understanding and practice of scripturally based environmental ethics. In 2008 he was named to TIME magazine's list of the 100 most influential people.
He has successfully championed more than a dozen legislative accomplishments through Congress and has been recognized by The New York Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning op-ed columnist Nick Kristof as one of the leading "new internationalists."
As vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, Cizik's primary responsibilities include setting NAE's policy direction on issues before Congress, the White House, and Supreme Court, as well as serving as a national spokesman on issues of concern to evangelicals.
He is the author of more than 100 published articles and editorials, author and editor of The High Cost of Indifference, a contributor to On Christian Freedom, the Dictionary of Christianity in America, and the landmark document, "For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Engagement."
Cizik holds degrees in political science from Whitworth College and in public affairs from the George Washington University School of Public and International Affairs (now called the Elliot School of International Affairs).
He received a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary, and an honorary Doctorate of Ministry from the Methodist Episcopal Church in Christian Leadership. Post-graduate research awards include a Scottish-Rite Graduate Fellowship to George Washington University and a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship to the Republic of China.
Ordained in 1992 to a specific ministry calling in public affairs with the National Association of Evangelicals by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (one of 61 member denominations of NAE), he maintains a very active preaching and speaking schedule.
The talk is sponsored by the Bucknell University Lectureship Committee, the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, the departments of management and religion, the environmental studies program, the Bucknell University Environmental Center, Newsradio 1070 WKOK, the Otzinachson Group of the Sierra Club, the Center for Nonviolent Living, and the Local Action Network.
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