September 26th, 2008
NEWBERG, Ore. – Daniel L. Brunner of George Fox Evangelical Seminary was named a GreenFaith Fellow in September and will join the 2008 class of the GreenFaith Fellowship Program.
The Fellowship Program is the first comprehensive education and training program in the country to prepare lay and ordained leaders from interfaith religious traditions for religiously based environmental leadership.
“We are pleased to welcome Dan Brunner to the program,” said Rabbi Lawrence Troster, Fellowship Program Director. “We look forward to working with our new class of Fellows to support their growth as religious-environmental leaders.”
Brunner will take part in three three-day residential sessions in ecologically varied settings — urban, rural and suburban — and will receive extensive education and training in eco-theology, “greening” the operation of institutions, environmental advocacy, and environmental justice.
Fellows also take part in monthly conference calls and build relationships with environmental leaders in their region. Each Fellow will carry out a leadership project in their community, mobilizing religious leaders in relation to an environmental issue. Upon graduating, they will join the Fellowship’s alumni/ae network and mentor other emerging leaders in this field.
Brunner is a professor of Christian history and formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, a part of George Fox University. In the summer of 2007, Brunner taught a three-credit course at the seminary in Christianity and Earthkeeping. He is an ordained Lutheran (ELCA) pastor and has taught at George Fox since 1995.
“I am excited to expand my growing passion in the relationship between my evangelical faith and the care of creation,” Brunner said. “I have much to learn as a GreenFaith Fellow from this varied learning community and am looking forward to bringing my evangelical perspective to the dialogue.”
Brunner will join a class of more than 20 Fellows from diverse religious backgrounds. The Fellows represent more than 10 religious denominations, including Roman Catholic; mainline Protestant; historically Black churches; and Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist Jewish. Fellows work in a wide variety of settings, including congregations, universities, campus ministries, NGOs, and denominational organizations.
For more information on the program, visit www.greenfaith.org.
George Fox University is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,200 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.
Professor of Christian history and formation