Faith Panel Kicks Off Illinois Sustainability & Wellness Expo
March 10, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Sustainable Living & Wellness Expo will kick off
Thursday, April 7, with a panel that discusses what faith organizations can do to
become more ecologically minded. Titled “Faith and Sustainability: What They Have
in Common” the panel will be 7-9 p.m. in the Joslin Atrium of the Memorial Center
(104 E. University St., Bloomington) at Illinois Wesleyan University. The event is
free and open to the public.
The discussion, hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University and the Ecology Action Center,
will offer practical tips to faith-based organizations for developing sustainable
plans of action. In addition to these practical tips, the conversation will examine
how groups can come together community-wide to connect faith and sustainability.
The panel will feature Brian Sauder of Faith in Place, an organization dedicated to
giving religious people the tools to become good stewards of the earth. Faith in Place
partners with a variety of congregations across religions to promote clean energy
and sustainable farming.
Other members of the panel will include:
Michael Brown – Executive Director of the Ecology Action Center, Bloomington
Syed Gilani — Islamic Center of Bloomington/Normal
Myra Gordon – Moses Montefiore Temple, Bloomington
Lori Harvey (moderator) – Interim Chaplain at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington
Matthew D. Hickman – Associate Pastor, Mennonite Church of Normal
Brian Sauder – Central Illinois Outreach and Policy Coordinator for Faith in Place, Urbana
The panel is the introduction to the Illinois Sustainable Living & Wellness Expo. “Creating Healthy Communities” is the theme for this year’s annual expo, which will
be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk
Center (302 E. Emerson St., Bloomington). The event is also free and open to the public.
The expo, which is co-sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) and the Ecology
Action Center, offers attendees an enjoyable experience while they explore exhibitors,
workshops, demonstrations and performances meant to inspire them to find ways to live
sustainably. For additional information on the panel or the expo, contact Director
of Wellness Missy Smock at (309) 556-3334 or go to www.islwe.org.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960