Archbishop to Address Theme of Global Climate Change

October 6, 2008


The Ethics/Religion & Society lecture series at Xavier University is devoting its 2008-2009 season to the theme of “Global Climate Change.” Guest speakers will address ethical and/or religious perspectives on this socially significant issue.

Archbishop Celestino Migliore and Jame Schaefer of Marquette University will speak on "The Lord God Took the Man and Put Him in the Garden of Eden to Till It and Keep It (Gen 2:15)” on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Schiff Family Conference Center at Xavier. The free lecture is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Theology Department of Xavier University and is open to the public.

Archbishop Celestino Migliore has served since 2002 as Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. In 2007, he addressed the U.N. General Assembly on the topic of global climate change. Migliore has a master's degree in theology from the Center of Theological Studies in Fossano and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University. His service to the Holy See's diplomatic corps includes work in Angola, Egypt, Warsaw, Strasbourg, and several Asian countries.

Jame Schaefer, respondent to Migliore's lecture, is associate professor of theology at Marquette University. Her work focuses on the constructive relationship between theology and the natural sciences with special attention to religious foundations for ecological ethics. Her theological publications include articles in Cistercian Studies Quarterly, Theological Studies, and Worldviews: Religion, Culture, Science, all of which explore promising notions in the Christian tradition for addressing ecological degradation.
The purpose of the Ethics/Religion and Society Program is to encourage ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues.