November 23, 2016

Environment: Science + Theology in Conversation

Join us on March 26th, 2017 at 6:30pm for a panel discussion on Creation Care & Environment: Science and Theology in Conversation. Advance tickets are available here.

This discussion featuring our panelists:


Fr. Richard Rohr

Father Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, N.M. Father Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy — practices of contemplation and lived kenosis (self-emptying), expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.

Father Richard is author of many books and his newest book, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation is available for order now at

Vered Harris is the new rabbi at Temple B'nai Israel in Oklahoma City, OK, Monday, July 9, 2012. She is the temple's first female rabbi and now Oklahoma City's two Jewish congregations are both headed by women. By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

Rabbi Vareed Harris

Rabbi Harris is a modern rabbi with love of blending Jewish traditions and contemporary religious journeys. Particularly passionate about adult learning, social justice, relevancy of Jewish ritual and prayer for today’s mainstream Jews, women’s issues and building meaningful connections for community.


Dr. David Hoekman

Dr. Hoekman is an assistant professor of biology at Southern Nazarene University. Dr. Hoekman, along with his wife and 3 sons, enjoys traveling, biking and spending time outside. He received a B.S. in Biology and Archaeology from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Notre Dame.  He studies arthropod food webs in aquatic and terrestrial systems and a teaches a range of field-based classes at Southern Nazarene University including Marine Ecology, Insect Ecology, Ornithology, General Ecology and Tropical Field Research in Costa Rica. Dr. Hoekman also co-teaches a class on Origins (a study of the cosmological, geological, and biological origins of the universe) and enjoys the integration of faith and learning in his courses.

This public panel discussion is made possible by the STEAM Project grant: Connecting Science & Faith. Find out more at