Faith, Sustainability and Lindsborg.
Jimmy Sjöblom, Bethany College’s 2009 Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies, will give his first two public addresses. He will first speak on “More than Bread" on April 1, then on April 2 on “Lindsborg in the Eyes of the World.”
Sjöblom will speak in Swenson Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on April 1. His lecture about faith and sustainability, titled “More than Bread,” is part of Bethany Chapel’s “Bread for the Journey” series celebrating the Lenten season and Holy Week. Services feature bread baked by John Murphy, professor of mathematics.
On April 2, Sjöblom will give a public address titled “Lindsborg in the Eyes of the World.” He will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Lindquist Hall.
Both presentations are free and open to the public.
Jimmy Sjöblom, an international expert in sustainability, has returned to Kansas this spring to serve as Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies.
Bethany previously hosted Sjöblom as a Pearson Professor in 2001. During his visit, Sjöblom stressed the importance of environmental consciousness and sustainability. In 2005, Sjöblom presented “Sustainability – the inevitable way” on campus during the opening convocation of Bethany’s Pearson Symposium.
This spring he will reinforce his lessons in sustainability, one of Bethany’s five core values, as well as teach the framework of the Natural Step.
Sjöblom will partake in a number of activities, including public addresses on April 2 and May 4; chapel services on April 1 and May 4; and Bethany’s Earth Day celebration on April 22. In addition, during his residency he will teach and participate in the cultural life of Bethany and the Lindsborg community.
The Pearson Distinguished Professorship in Swedish Studies is endowed by a generous gift from Gerald “Bud” Pearson. It was created so that students, faculty, staff and community members can explore and understand ways in which modern Swedish culture and experience can be learned and incorporated into their own lives.
Sjöblom is a consultant, trainer and advisor for det Naturliga Steget / the Natural Step. The program emphasizes four sustainability principles and the importance of teamwork in order to improve our environmental state. He is also the project head of Ungdomens Miljöriksdag / the Swedish Youth Parliament for Sustainability. This branch of the Natural Step was created in order “to promote and teach Swedish high school and junior college students a scientifically based approach to sustainable development.”
For more info, see http://www.bethanylb.edu/sjoblom.
Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop, and challenge individuals in their search for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu.