Climate Change, Science and Religion: A dialogue with songs, discussion at the University of Rhode Island

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KINGSTON, R.I. — January 24, 2007 — As the seasonable winter temperatures continue to confuse and cause many to question climactic conditions, one group at the University of Rhode Island has called for a dialogue about the weather and what it may mean.

A thought-provoking program, “Climate Change, Science and Religion” will be presented Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the URI Multicultural Center on the Kingston Campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

The creative program involves a conversation among four people who will present some scientific facts about global warming and some practical actions that individuals can take to help alleviate the problem. Principles of justice and global citizenship are incorporated into the readings to inspire participants. Interspersed with songs of various styles, the 50-minute presentation will then be followed by discussion.

Christine Muller of Kingston, who works in URI’s Music Preparatory program, initiated the program. Muller said she has been a lifelong student of environmental issues and felt the need to share her concerns about today’s environmental conditions. She wrote the dialogue and some of the songs to be performed.

All very committed to the issues surrounding climate change, the performers are Melodie Taylor of Providence, soprano, reader; Amanda Huggon of Whitman, Mass., alto, reader; Bud Phelps of Coventry, reader; Muller will play piano and her son, Manuel, a freshman in URI’s International Engineering Program, will be a reader.

Co-Sponsors of the program are the URI Multicultural Center, URI Chaplains, South Kingstown Baha’i Group, URI Preparatory Music Program, URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, and the URI Women’s Center.