Seminary in Oregon Hosts Showing of Film ‘Dirty Business: ‘Clean Coal’ and the Battle for Our Energy Future’

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Public is invited to free Oct. 13 screening of documentary, hosted by George Fox Evangelical Seminary and its Christian earthkeeping program

George Fox Evangelical Seminary invites the public to a free screening of the film “Dirty Business: ‘Clean Coal’ and the Battle for Our Energy Future” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Room 155 of the seminary’s Portland Center near Tigard, located at 12753 S.W. 68th Ave., in Portland.

According to producers, the 90-minute feature documentary investigates the true cost of our dependence on coal for electricity in the age of climate change. Politicians and corporate interests have mounted a formidable public relations campaign promoting “clean coal” as being crucial to solving our energy/climate problem. Despite major concerns on the part of scientists and environmental groups, there has been little public education about this issue, which was a high-profile topic of the 2008 presidential campaigns and is a central element of President Obama’s energy policy.

The film, produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting, addresses questions such as: “Can coal ever really be made ‘clean’?” “If we were to try to wean ourselves off coal, how would we keep the lights on?” and “Is renewable energy ready for prime time?”

And, ultimately, “Can we rethink the way we produce and consume energy – and summon the political will to do it – in time to avert environmental disaster?” Guided by “Rolling Stone” reporter Jeff Goodell, “Dirty Business” seeks answers in a series of stories shot in West Virginia, Nevada, Kansas, New York, Saskatchewan and China.

The screening is being hosted in conjunction with the seminary’s Christian earthkeeping program, a 12-credit concentration of four courses taken over a two-year period designed to develop evangelical leaders who cultivate the care of creation in their communities. Course organizers cite Genesis 2:15 – a biblical reference in which God commands humankind to “take care of the Earth” – as the program’s scriptural foundation.

“Our motivation to offer this concentration stems from our belief that the Bible directly commands us to ‘keep’ the Earth,” said program director Dan Brunner, a professor of Christian history and formation at the seminary. “The evangelical church has been silent on this topic, and the Christian leaders of our future need a theological and biblical basis for earthkeeping.”

The program exposes students to a broad spectrum of authors, experts and practitioners in earthkeeping. The goal is to empower students through theological reflection, spiritual disciplines and community praxis, Brunner said.

For more information on the film or the seminary’s earthkeeping program, contact Brunner at 503-554-6160.

The seminary offers a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in leadership and spiritual formation, global missional leadership, and semiotics and future studies. Also offered is a Master of Divinity degree and Master of Arts degrees in theological studies, spiritual formation and ministry leadership. Students also may earn a certificate in spiritual formation and discipleship.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier regional university and a “Best Value” school. More than 3,500 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Daniel Brunner
Professor of Christian history and formation


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