Boorse Leads Report on Climate Change and Poverty

This week, Dorothy Boorse, associate professor of biology, travelled to Washington D.C., to launch a new report she helped author on climate change and poverty. The report, “Loving the Least of These: Addressing a Changing Environment, was initiated by the National Association of Evangelicals and the result of a collaboration with other scientists and leaders. 

“The issue [of climate change] can be confusing in the media, so we wanted to present clear, thoroughly researched but accessible information people can trust but could also stand up to scrutiny by experts,” Boorse said. “This report is an exciting step forward.”

NAE began the project by wanting to broaden Christian concern for the poor, and set out to produce a collaborative publication that could address such issues. The result is a 50-page print and online publication that explores the relationship between the changing environment and poverty. “Loving the Least of These” is divided into four sections: 1.) a biblical basis for Christian engagement; 2.) the science of changing climate; 3.) a perspective of how climate change affects the poor; and 4.) practical ways to move forward.

Advent and Ministry: Scholars in the Public Square

This week, two Gordon professors had articles appear in mainstream publications.

Timothy Sherratt, professor of political science, offers an advent reflection on political power and divine weakness. See his article in Capital Commentary here.


Paul Borthwick, adjunct professor of Christian Ministries, wrote in Decision Magazine about sowing the seeds of the Gospel. Read his article “Everyday Witnesses” here.

The Manliest Man

Professor of social work James W. Trent‘s forthcoming book, The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Nineteenth-Century American Reform, was recently selected as the lead book in the University of Massachusetts’s Spring/Summer 2012 catalog. The book, which focuses on the social reform efforts of Samuel G. Howe (1801-1876) in antebellum America, is scheduled for publication in July of 2012. An abstract of Trent’s work follows:

“A native of Boston and a physician by training, Samuel G. Howe (1801–1876) led a remarkable life. He was a veteran of the Greek War of Independence, a fervent abolitionist, and the founder of both the Perkins School for the Blind and the Massachusetts School for Idiotic and Feeble-Minded Children. Married to Julia Ward Howe, author of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” he counted among his friends Senator Charles Sumner, public school advocate Horace Mann, and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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