FRIDAY | MARCH 5, 2021 | 7:30-9:00 pm MST
What does the exploitation and marginalization of nature—including our own species of color—teach us about OUR nature? Is there hope for us?
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In the face of possible environmental catastrophe and its anticipated impacts on the poor, George Handley believes the restored gospel of Jesus Christ offers hope—not by promising believers an escape from the responsibilities of our stewardship over God’s creation, but by urging us to confront the global reality of our situation with faith, diligence, and courage. Join us for a discussion of his recent book The Hope of Nature and how proper stewardship doesn’t force a choice between the spotted owl and the logger but can bring healing to nature and to vulnerable populations alike.
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George B. Handley has taught at BYU since 1998 where he is a Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities. He served as chair of the Department of Humanities, Classics and Comparative Literature from 2012 – 2015 and served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities from 2015 – 2018. His current appointment is Associate Director of the Faculty Center at BYU.
He is an educator and author who has been civically engaged for many years. George is an elected Provo City Council Member for District 2. He is also Co-founder of LDS Earth Stewardship and of the recent non-profit Conserve Utah Valley.
He received his BA in Comparative Literature from Stanford University and his PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and he researches and writes about the intersection of religion, culture, literature, and the environment.
Handley’s works include Home Waters: The Hope of Nature: Our Care for God’s Creation (2020), A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River (2010), New World Poetics: Nature and the Adamic Imagination of Whitman, Neruda, and Walcott (2007), Stewardship and Creation: LDS Perspectives on the Environment, Postslavery Literatures in the Americas (2005): Family Portraits in Black and White (2000), and American Fork (2017).
He and his wife Amy have four children and live in Provo, Utah.
EXPLORE BEFORE WE MEET:
The Hope of Nature: Our Care for God’s Creation—Paperback
“Caring for Nature, Caring for Ourselves,” (Maxwell Institute Lecture)
George Handley: Environmental Stewardship (BYU Kennedy Center)
George Handley and Terryl Givens, “Can creation heal us?” (Podcast: Maxwell Institute Conversations-Faith Matters)
354: The Spiritual Practice of Earth Care: Prof. George Handley (A Thoughtful Faith)
Environmental Stewardship and Conservation (LDS Gospel Topic Essay)
Laudato si’ (24 May 2015) | Pope Francis
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