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Faith, Flora & Fauna: Eco Theology - A Panel Discussion

Grace Presbyterian Church

Thursday, 27 October 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (MDT)

Faith, Flora & Fauna: Eco Theology - A Panel Discussion

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Faith, Flora & Fauna: Eco Theology - A Panel Discussion

Join into an exciting conversation, led by a diverse panel of experts, about humanity within creation.  Do we have dominion over creation or are we stewards of the planet? 

What we believe will guide how we act as

individuals, corporations, communities, nations.

This panel discussion includes three unique perspectives on Eco-Theology.

Reverend Ray Aldred is ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada.   He is status Cree from Treaty 8. Ray is the Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at Vancouver School of Theology. He is former Director for the First Nations Alliance Churches of Canada, now committee member, where he worked to encourage pastors ministering to aboriginal people.  He is the chairperson of Indigenous Pathways and the North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies.  He is the former chairperson of the Native Ministries Council for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Ray’s passion is to help as many as possible hear the gospel in their heart language. 

Dr. Brenda Kenny has extensive experience in energy regulation and policy, infrastructure and sustainability.  Her career has included executive roles at the National Energy Board, research in corporate social responsibility and environmental law, and as CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.  She currently serves on the Board of the University of Calgary, chair of the Environment, Safety and Sustainability Committee, and on the Climate Change Emissions Management Corporation Board as Vice Chair.  She is co-chair of the Women for Nature initiative with Nature Canada. Brenda has been named among the “50 Most Influential” by Alberta Venture and one of Canada’s “Most Powerful Women: Top 100” by the Women’s Executive Network.  She is active in public service having been a member of the imagineCALGARY Roundtable, Sustainable Calgary and the Alberta Economic Development Authority. 

Christyann Olson, BN, MSA is passionate about our society’s responsibility to ensure the health and legacy of wilderness for generations to come. Christyann is the Executive Director of the Alberta Wilderness Association. Christyann has worked on many conservation and wilderness protection issues. Finding great diverse opportunities to help others learn by bringing sound science and reasoned argument to conservation initiatives in Alberta has been a major goal. Working cooperatively and collaboratively throughout Alberta with members, supporters, landowners, students, elected officials, civil servants, industry, scientists and colleagues from every sector is key to her daily work and achievements with AWA. 

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The Rev. Dr.Jean Morris,  Grace Presbyterian Church will moderate the discussion


Thursday, October 27th 7:00 pm

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Presentation starts at  7:30 - 9:00 pm

Reception to follow, All are welcome! 

Free Parking for the event in the Church parking lot immediately south of the Church.


This information is presented on behalf of Grace Presbyterian Church

1009 - 15th Avenue SW, Calgary AB T2R 0S5; Telephone: 403-244-5861

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unCommon Grace brings conversation to our community. We host presenters to address questions relevant to all faiths and all ages, who have questions. The objective is to engage in reflection, openness and understanding. Our speakers are a diverse group of scholars, theologians and laypersons with varied backgrounds and areas of expertise.


We encourage your suggestions for future speakers and topics. 




Please contact with your suggestions for future unCommon Grace conversations.




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1009 15th Avenue Southwest
Calgary, AB T2R

Thursday, 27 October 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (MDT)

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What is “Conversations of unCommonGrace?”


“Conversations of unCommonGrace” is an initiative of Grace Presbyterian Church seeking to connect the faith community with the broader society in areas of shared interest and concern that encourages each participant to take action as they best see fit.  It is also an invitation to our community and our city to give purposeful thought to the role that spirituality plays in our life and in the common life of our community. 


At Grace, we believe that we are well situated as a community that is progressive, Protestant and Reformed in our theology, yet rooted in the ancient practices of the church that continues to bear much meaning today. “Conversations of unCommonGrace” is an opportunity to represent and re-present the idea of a loving and generous God and the compassion of the Divine for all creation and for those created in the Divine image.  


“Conversations of unCommonGrace” attempts to re-introduce our faith tradition into the conversations that are taking place in our society, in our communities, through a time of conversation, invitation and hospitality.  We hold multiple events each year on topics of interest to our society and on issues which are at the forefront of discussion and debate in our society and community.  These would not necessarily be issues around religion, but would all be issues where a Reformed, Protestant, Mainline contribution could be made and would be meaningful. 


Since 2013 we have held two series of conversations. The theme of the first series was on the issue of human trafficking both locally and globally. The second series theme was on the very current issue of physician assisted death. To start our third series, on Thursday, October 27 we will stage a panel discussion on the issue of eco-theology, which will consider how our faith informs our approach to environmental and conservation issues. Beyond the current hotly contested debate over the issue of climate change there are growing global and local issues of water scarcity, decline of water quality, loss of biodiversity, air pollution and land use that are having an increasing impact on our lives.


All members of the Calgary Community are encouraged to attend this panel discussion to be come more fully informed on the facts and perspectives on these issues.

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