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Preface by Matthew Kuperus Heun

Stellenbosch University, South Africa (Photo courtesy of Matthew Kuperus Heun)

An illustrated companion to the Preface of Beyond Stewardship: New Approaches to Creation Care. To view main webpage, click here:

"2009 had been a year of focused teaching and research at two universities in South Africa. A year of learning about renewable energy. A year of understanding the grand challenges facing humankind from a developing country perspective. And a year of learning about the difficulties of living well in God’s creation."
"[Mark] helped me more deeply understand an irony: the year was made possible by...cars that ferried me between home and office; ...by an unsustainable food-industrial complex; ...by a home that provided safety and shelter; and by high-rise buildings containing offices and classrooms."
Greenhouse gas emissions lead to climate change, which contributes to environmental problems
"Consumption, pollution, and depletion have been increasing every decade since at least the industrial revolution."
"World Energy Consumption" by Con-struct [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:World_energy_consumption.svg
"Co2-2013-top40" by Chris55 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Co2-2013-top40.svg
"The Christian authors in this book share the conviction that the challenge of caring for God’s creation is neither too big nor beside the point. Rather, actively working toward the flourishing of God’s creation is a central aspect of bearing God’s image in the created world."
11 of our 15 authors line up in our first-draft chapter order. Left to right: James Skillen, Dietrich Bouma, Becky Haney, Gail Heffner, Mark Bjelland, (Intern Janice Wharton, standing in for Matthew Halteman and Megan Halteman Zwart), Debra Rienstra, Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, Clarence Joldersma, Aminah Al-Attas Bradford, Steven Bouma-Prediger, and Kathi Groenendyk. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Kuperus Heun)
Two seminars gave the writers the chance to share their chapter stories in creative ways, discuss ideas with the larger group, and also engage God's creation through a variety of service projects. (Photos courtesy of Matthew Kuperus Heun)

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