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“Ecology and Cosmology” Topic of Special Lecture at Moravian College

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Dr. John Grim, a professor of religion at Bucknell University, will speak at Moravian College on Sunday, February 22 at 7 p.m. in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, room 101. His presentation, entitled “The Crows Sundance: Ecology and Cosmology,” is sponsored by the Arts and Lectures Committee and the Religion department. The talk is open to the public and admission is free.

Dr. Grim was raised in the Missouri drift prairies of North Dakota. He earned his B.A. from St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN), and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University where he studied with Thomas Berry. He completed his doctoral dissertation on Anishinaabe/ Ojiibway healing practitioners, which was turned into a book, The Shaman: Patterns of Religious Healing among the Ojiibway Indians. His fields of interest include indigenous religions, religion and ecology, comparative religions, and ritual studies. As a historian of religions, Grim participates in annual field studies of the American Indian way of life by spending time among the Apsaalooke/Crow people of Montana, of which he is an adopted member, and the Swy-ahl-puh/Salish people of the Columbia River Plateau in eastern Washington.

Dr Grim is the editor of Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: The Inter Being of Cosmology and Community. With his wife Mary Evelyn Tucker, Grim co-edited Worldviews and Ecology, a book discussing the environmental crisis from world religions and contemporary philosophy perspectives. Also with the help of his wife, Grim co-organized a series of 13 conferences on “Religions of the World and Ecology,” held at Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions from 1996-1998. He is president of the American Teilhard Association, which continues investigations of the French Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin regarding religion, science, and evolution.

For more information, please contact Dr. Don St. John at 610-861-1585 or medps01@moravian.edu.