Creating Wealth and the Created World: Conference on Business and the Environment

Speaker(s): Calvin Dewitt, Clive Mather, Iain Provan, Loren Wilkinson, Paul Williams, Preston Manning, Rick Faw
Date: Nov 2 - 3, 2007
Length: 8:14:45
Product ID: RGDL3739S

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Public discourse between the business and environmental communities tends to be characterized by a high degree of misunderstanding and distrust. Moreover, the challenging tasks involved with reconciling economic, ecological, and social concerns are routinely left for politicians to solve. What does a Christian worldview have to offer in this hostile climate of monologue, 'spin,' and blame?
A biblical understanding of humanity's purpose says that we are called to love God, love people, and care for creation by creatively unlocking the potential of the garden-planet that we steward. How can this vision help faithful citizen-entrepreneurs engage issues of universal consequence in both pragmatic and prophetic ways?
The aim of this discussion is to explore how the creation of wealth, in theory and in practice, can bring glory to God by serving and supporting the care of creation and the care of people. Topics include

  1. Personal Perspectives on the Challenge
  2. The Alberta Oil Sands: A Case Study
  3. Christian Call to Stewardship and Reconciliation
  4. leadership in the Market Place
  5. Perspectives on the Alberta Oil Sands
  6. Leadership
  7. The Way Forward

See All Audio by Calvin Dewitt Clive Mather Iain Provan Loren Wilkinson Paul Williams Preston Manning Rick Faw

Calvin DeWitt is Professor of Environmental Studies, Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Director of the Au Sable Institute with campuses at Mancelona, Michigan and Coupeville, Washington. He is a physiological ecologist and ecosystems ecologist with a particular focus on wetland ecosystems. In the area of interface between ecology and Judeo-Christian environmental ethics he is an author or editor of Earthkeeping in the Nineties (Eerdmans, 1991), The Environment and the Christian (Baker Books, 1991), with Sir Ghillean T. Prance, Missionary Earthkeeping (Mercer University Press, 1992), Earth-Wise: A Biblical Response to Environmental Issues (CRC Publications, 1994), and Caring for Creation: Responsible Stewardship of God's Handiwork. (Baker Books, 1997).

Clive Mather has a career of 38 years with Shell International has spanned all of its major businesses, including assignments in Brunei, Canada, Gabon, South Africa, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Clive Mather was appointed President & CEO of Shell Canada Limited on August 1, 2004. Clive writes and speaks internationally on values, leadership and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Iain W. Provan is the E. Marshall Shepherd Professor of Biblical Studies (Old Testament) at Regent College. He has previously taught at King's College London, the University of Wales, and the University of Edinburgh. He is author of Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why it Matters, Convenient Myths: The Axial Age, Dark Green Religion, and the World that Never Was, commentaries on 1 & 2 Kings, Ecclesiastes & Song of Songs, and Lamentations, and co-author (with V. Phillips Long and Tremper Longman III) of A Biblical History of Israel. He is also a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

Loren E. Wilkinson is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies & Philosophy at Regent College. Previously he served as Associate Professor in the Department of English at Seattle Pacific College and Fellow at the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship. He is editor of Earthkeeping in the Nineties: Stewardship of Creation, and co-wrote Caring for Creation in Your Own Backyard with his wife, Mary Ruth.

Paul Williams is David J. Brown Family Associate Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership at Regent College, as well as the Director of the Marketplace Institute. Previously, he was Chief Economist and Head of International Research for DTZ Holdings, an international real estate consulting and investment banking group headquartered in London, UK.

Preston Manning is a Senior Fellow of Regent College's Marketplace Institute. He was one of the principal founders of the Reform Party of Canada and the Canadian Alliance, serving as Leader of the Official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament from 1997-2000. He has spoken extensively on faith and politics.

Rick Faw is Education Director for A Rocha Canada based out of Surrey, BC. He has an academic background in both science and theology.

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