Eminent Theologian to Offer 2009 Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture
The second annual address of the Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture Series at Calvin College is this Friday, May 1, at 7:30 pm in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall at the Hekman Library. This year's speaker is Dr. Jay McDaniel, the Willis T. Holmes Distinguished Professor of Religion at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. An eminent figure in the timely and rapidly expanding field of creation care theology, Dr. McDaniel is the author of numerous books including Of God and Pelicans: A Theology of Reverence for Life (John Knox) and Living from the Center: Spirituality in an Age of Consumerism (Chalice).
Why Christians Need Animals...And God Does, Too!
Dr. McDaniel's address is titled "Why Christians Need Animals...And God Does, Too!", and he describes the project as follows: "I will suggest four ways that Christians are enriched by the presence of animals: as vessels of grace, subjects of respect, objects of amazement, and sites for the holy. I will then introduce a way of thinking about God -- the panentheistic perspective of process theology -- in which animals are understood as adding to the beauty of God's own life and subjects of God's care. The lecture concludes with a consideration of the idea that, given the extent of animal suffering, there is tragedy, even in God, and also with the suggestion that, if there is a continuing journey for humans after death, there must also be one for animals." Light refreshments and a book signing follow the address. The lecture is free and open to the public and a selection of Dr. McDaniel's books will be available for sale at 20% off the retail price.
Got Dinner Plans Beforehand?
If not, you should consider joining the Students for Compassionate Living for one of their legendary vegan potlucks at 5:00 pm in the DeVos Communications Center Forum just across the beltline from the main campus. The potluck theme is "Southern Soul", so fry up some garlic and greens, boil down the black-eyed peas, BBQ some seitan, and break out the biscuits and gravy. As always, please bring a dish to share and your own table service. Hope to see you there!