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Jan. 29, 2016

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary will host the Abrahamic Faiths Forum: Eve and Creation, a panel discussion offering three faith perspectives on the topic of ecology on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at 7 p.m. The event, which is open to the public, will take place in the Keffer Chapel. Registration is not required.

Following the historic carbon-emissions-curbing deal struck during the recent Paris Climate Change Conference and statements on the environment by Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama, people of faith continue to explore what it means to honour creation as part of the whole, as all life forms are linked, said Brice Balmer, assistant professor in the seminary’s Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy program.

“Through the narrative of Eve in Abrahamic religions, we see our own roles in creation,” added Balmer.

Panellists at the event will include:

  • Tamara Zuckerman (Jewish), rebbitzen, Beth Jacob Congregation, Kitchener.
  • Allen Jorgenson (Christian), professor of systematic theology and assistant dean, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.
  • Hind A. Al-Abadleh (Muslim), associate professor, chemistry and biochemistry, Wilfrid Laurier University.

The panel will be preceded by a worship service at 5 p.m. to mark World Interfaith Harmony Week, which is observed annually by the United Nations. Buddhist nun Ven. Jue Qian, will join the service as a special guest. A low-cost soup and bread supper will begin at 6 p.m., immediately following the service. The public is welcome to attend any one, or all, of these events.

The seminary is located at the corner of Albert Street and Bricker Avenue. Please obtain a parking pass from the seminary office to park in one of the seminary lots. Free parking is available at University Stadium, located on Seagram Drive, after 4:30 p.m. Street parking may also be available.

Please contact Dorinda Kruger Allen, events co-ordinator, for more information. Media inquiries may be directed to Mirko Petricevic, director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.

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