Christian environmentalist Peter Illyn will come to campus on September 24 to speak on the theme, “The Christian and God’s Creation.” As part of the annual Richard L. Caulkins Lecture Series, he will speak at the 10:00 a.m. Chapel service on “Celebrating the Wonder of Creation: Hearing the Song of Praise.” Later that evening at 7:00 p.m., Illyn will present “The Biblical Call to Environmental Stewardship: Hearing the Cries of Anguish.”
His Chapel message will help assure Christians that it is safe to love the earth—what God called “good.” In his evening message, Illyn will explain that we reap the benefits or suffer the consequences of what we do to the earth. He will also encourage Christians with the news that the Church offers hope for environmental concerns.
Illyn founded Restoring Eden, a grassroots Christian advocacy group working to help the Church rediscover the biblical call to love, serve, and protect God’s creation. He travels across the country speaking at churches and colleges in order to build awareness in Christian environmental stewardship.
John Scott, assistant professor of history, has known Illyn for over a decade and arranged for him to speak in the Caulkins Lecture Series this fall. He says about Illyn: “Peter believes the natural world is gravely imperiled, that this is not pleasing to God, and that, therefore, Christians should be environmentally literate and willing at the local, national, and international level to actively engage in Creation care.”