Bethany presents “Encounters” series

Bethany College will present the annual “Encounters” series February 28 – March 3. This year’s topic, environmental ethics, will feature Dr. Larry Rasmussen. The “Encounters” series engages the Bethany community in thought and dialogue about issues of faith and life.

On Monday, Mar. 1, Rasmussen will present “Just Water” at 7:30 p.m. in Lindquist Hall on the campus of Bethany College. The presentation will focus on what science tells us about the hydrologic system and discuss three categories of ethical issues around water use and management. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Area ministry leaders are invited to attend lunch with Rasmussen at noon on Tuesday, Mar. 2. Reservations for this event must be submitted to Bethany College Campus Pastor Noni Strand at strandn@bethanylb.edu by February 25. A workshop, “Christianity as an Earth-Honoring Faith” will follow the lunch from 1-4 p.m.

Rasmussen was the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York form 1986-2004. Prior to that, he was Professor of Christian Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and Assistant Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. For the spring semester of 2006, he served as St. John Visiting Professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. For the January Interim in 2008, he was Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies at St. Olaf College.

For more information, contact Strand at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8340, or strandn@bethanylb.edu.