Campbellsville University to feature forum on ‘Earth Stewardship’

Oct. 28, 2010
For Immediate Release

By Tawny Vilchis, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Ben Lowe, author of “Green Revolution: Coming Together to Care for Creation,” and Terry Cook, state director for The Nature Conservancy in Kentucky, will speak at the Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy (KHIPP) at the Earth Stewardship Forum at Campbellsville University on Tuesday, Nov. 9 in the Badgett Academic Support Center Banquet Hall, located at 110 University Drive, Campbellsville, at 5 p.m.

Lowe is also the guest speaker for chapel Wednesday, Nov. 10 in the Ransdell Chapel, located at 401 North Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville, at 10 a.m.

Both events are free and open to the public.

“We are pleased to be hosting both Ben Lowe and Terry Cook on Nov. 9 for our Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy session on ‘earth stewardship,’”John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president said.

Chowning, who founded KHIPP, said, “There is a growing concern among the Christian community about conservation and being good stewards of God’s creation. There is a balance to be found between those who would choose to plunder God’s creation with no concern for conservation and those on the other end of the spectrum who would choose to follow an opposite extreme where no natural resources are utilized to improve economic opportunity and quality of life. Mr. Lowe and Mr. Cook will challenge us with their presentations.”

Ben Lowe
 Ben Lowe

Lowe served as the director of outreach forA Rocha USA(an international conservation organization) and he is the co-coordinator of Renewal(a national grassroots network committed to equipping students to care for the environment). Lowe focuses on environmental stewardship and climate range.

He is the author of Green Revolution: Coming Together to Care for Creation(IVP 2009), a practical book showcasing the growing Christian environmental stewardship movement. Lowe is an advocate for the development of green jobs – both with the economy and the environment.

In November 2009, Lowe petitioned to be a candidate for the Democratic primary for the 6th U.S. Congressional District of Illinois. He received 100 percent of all votes cast for the 6th Congressional District Democratic nominee in February 2010.
Lowe is from Wheaton, Ill. He earned a degree in environmental studies in 2007 from Wheaton College. He is a member of Wheaton Chinese Alliance Church.

Cook has a 16-year career with the Conservancy, which gives him an outlet to express his passionate commitment to conservation.
Before accepting the job as state director, his role was regional director of science for the Conservancy’s Eastern U.S. Conservation Region. His experience working domestically and internationally, locally and globally serves to catalyze renewed partnerships and a new commitment to conserving the natural heritage of Kentucky.

Cook said, “As Wendell Berry, one of Kentucky’s most prominent farmer-authors, has said so well what I believe: “The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what
remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.”

 Terry Cook

Cook received degrees in environmental science, range science and environmental studies from the Virginia of Virginia, Texas A&M University and Ferrum College, respectively.

KHIPP primarily focuses its attention on facilitating public policy study and issues debate, while encouraging the involvement of Christian leaders in the public and civic arenas. The institute’s mission is to engage Campbellsville University students, faculty andstaff, and the general public, in a greater awareness and understanding of the myriad issues confronting our culture.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate programs, 17 master’s degrees and five postgraduate areas. The website for complete information is

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