GCF – Stephen Scharper, “Creation, Liberation, and Hope”

Title: GCF – Stephen Scharper, “Creation, Liberation, and Hope”
Location: CRC Office – Wycliffe College


How do I begin to adequately describe what this evening holds?

Well first, a little bit about Stephen:

Dr. Stephen Scharper is a professor in the department of anthropology at University of Toronto (Mississauga). He is additionally cross-appointed at the Center for the Environment and the Center for the Study of Religion at the downtown campus.

Stephen has also been the Faith & Ethics columnist for the Toronto Star since 2005, writing articles on a wide variety of subjects: (more articles can be found here: (http://www.thestar.com/comment/columnists/94597)

“The Rise of Nature Deficit Disorder” – August 2007
“A Faith-Based Case Against Torture” – October 2007
“Born Again: Liberation Theology” – December 2007
“Fighting a Corporate Campus” – February 2008
“Native Fight Over Mining Goes Beyond Treaty Rights” – June 2008

Stephen has published a number of books, including The Green Bible (1993), co-authored with his wife (also a professor of anthropology at U of T), Hilary Cunningham, and Redeeming the Time: A Political Theology of the Environment (1997).

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, for Stephen’s commitment to his faith and passion for his subjects make him a tireless communicator in a variety of media. He is a prolific writer, having contributed over 200 reviews and articles to numerous scholarly and popular publications. He appears as a commentator on CTV News, Vision-TV, CityPulse 24, and CBC’s Counterspin as well as CBC Radio’s “Tapestry” and “Sounds Like Canada.”

Stephen has a wide variety of research interests, and his current work has to do with making connections between a theology of liberation and a theology of ecology, discussing the relationship between an option for the poor and an option for the earth. He is working particularly with the theologians Gustavo Gutierrez and Thomas Berry.

Perhaps the best reason to come to GCF this Thursday is to meet Stephen himself. He is above all warm-hearted and engaging, passionate about his faith and about communicating its redemptive relevance for our time to as wide an audience as possible. Both because of his gentle personality and his broad expertise, Stephen is a much-sought-after speaker and commentator in a variety of forums and media.

He’s also a long-time friend and supporter of GCF, and we get an email from him at least once a year thanking us for our ministry, or expressing appreciation for some particular event we’ve hosted or email we’ve written.

This is “part II” because Stephen joined us for a dinner conversation last March, but was unable to remain with us for the rest of the evening due to a previous commitment. Those of you who were there that evening know that the hour we spent in conversation with Stephen was far too short! When we asked him to return to us this year, Stephen enthusiastically agreed, even stopping by during our staff meeting to confirm!

You can probably tell that I am really excited about this evening with Stephen! Based on even my interactions with him, I know him as a gentle, kind, sharp individual who cannot help but be passionately engaging as a person of faith with a wide variety of research topics and current events. Thursday evening promises to be filled with laughter, questions, wisdom, and insight. An opportunity like this one, to wonder and imagine and learn with a prominent Christian academic and public personality doesn’t come around every day.

Please join us. This event is not to be missed. Bring a friend!

With excitement,
Sara Gerritsma DeMoor

Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2009-10-08

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