Sartore to speak at Peacemaking Workshop on March 26 


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By Bob Reeves

Wildlife and nature photographer Joel Sartore will share his experiences on exotic assignments for National Geographic and other magazines, while holding up a mirror to our relationship with wild creatures and places, in two presentations on March 26 as part of Peacemaking Workshop XXIII.

“Witnessing Change: A Call For Action” will be Sartore’s topic when he speaks at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 26 in Olin B Lecture Hall on the campus of Nebraska Wesleyan University, near 50th Street and St. Paul Avenue. Sartore will sound a warning bell and call for change in our attitudes toward caring for the earth and all living things.

At 7 p.m. that same day, Sartore will speak on “Grounded: A Reflection on the Use of Life and Land” in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 2723 N. 50th Street. He will talk about the impact of his wife’s battle with breast cancer on his career and relationship to his family. He also will focus on the reason he takes pictures: “to show people that wild places and Earth’s creatures need and deserve protection.”

Sartore’s presentations support the theme of this year’s Peacemaking Workshop: “Caring for Your Local Planet.” A reception will follow his evening presentation, with exhibits from local peace and environmental groups. Winners of an environmental photo contest, open to amateur photographers of all ages, will be announced.

The workshop will continue from 8:30–11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 27 with a community discussion at East Lincoln Christian Church, 7001 Edenton Road. Panelists will look at what we can do, as individuals, groups and faith congregations, to preserve and protect the environment in Lincoln and Nebraska. Panelists include Barbara Hipple, mission and outreach coordinator for Homestead Presbytery; Carol Windrum, director of risk-taking mission and justice of the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church; Chris Blake, associate professor of English and sponsor of the Union College Chapter of Amnesty International; and Mitch Paine, sustainability policy intern for Mayor Chris Beutler’s Cleaner Greener Lincoln program. There will be small group discussions and a wrap-up with moderator Paul Olson, chairman of the Peace and Justice Joint Strategy Action Team of Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska.

The Peacemaking Workshop is sponsored by more than 30 religious congregations, community groups and individual donors. Past workshops have dealt with peacemaking, justice and conflict resolution in all areas of life. This year’s theme shows the close relationship between environmental quality, preservation of nature and the cause of peace: The threat of wars over water and other resources looms in the future as a result of climate change and environmental deterioration. Major funding is from the Mattingly Distinguished Visiting Scholar Fund at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

For more information about the workshop or photo contest, visit All events are free and open to the public.


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