The Alliance Center Denver, Colorado
God, Energy, and the Environment
Thursday, Apr. 04 6:30 p.m.
God’s first instructions to us were to care for and cultivate the world. Humans have both rights and responsibilities when it comes to our planet and many of us struggle to navigate this polarizing topic as we seek to balance environmental concerns, economic development, and human autonomy. So what does care and cultivation look like today?
Join Denver Institute for Faith & Work for an evening exploring the tension between environmental stewardship and economic development. Ecologist Rick Lindroth, University of Wisconsin, Madison, will offer insight about climate change gained from his work as a researcher and educator. Panelists representing Colorado’s oil and gas and renewable energy sectors will share challenges they face as they seek to provide affordable, accessible power.
Together, we’ll explore questions, such as:
What does Scripture tell us about caring for creation?
How do we discern truth about climate change when opposing sides claim they have the facts?
Do fossil fuels accelerate global warming? Is renewable energy a viable alternative?
What role can Christians play in energy development and how can they navigate often contentious environmental discussions?
Whether you work in oil and gas, renewable energy, or the scientific community–or simply want to explore the intersection of faith, environmentalism, and economic development–we invite you to “God, Energy & the Environment,” April 4th.
Rick is a professor of ecology and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on evolutionary ecology and global change ecology in forest ecosystems. He has been a Fulbright Fellow and is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a nationally-known educator, who serves on the BioLogos board of speakers.
Tom leads the Pivot’s expansion into new markets, technology development, and long-term growth. Prior to Pivot, he served as Senior VP of Corporate Development at Clean Energy Collective and Senior Policy Advisor at the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office. In these roles, he has overseen construction and operations of solar projects, created multiple state markets for community solar, and initiated significant investment in electric vehicle charging stations. He has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and has earned two graduate degrees in energy economics.
Hunter Beaumont (board chair) is co-founder and lead pastor of Fellowship Denver Church. he also serves on the board of Acts 29, a national church planting network. Hunter is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary.
Doran serves as Chief Operating Officer of West Edge, an energy company that transports, stores, and distributes refined petroleum products, crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and natural gas. He has worked as an executive for other energy corporations, including Strad Energy Services, and NGL Water Solutions (formerly High Sierra). He studied at Queen's University, the University of Saskatchewan, and Heriot-Wat University (Scotland). Doran also hosts the Executive Disciple podcast. (Check out DIFW founder Jeff Haanen's recent interview on the podcast!)