For release on: November 8, 2011

For more information contact:

Peter Illyn at 360-263-4491 or peter_illyn@restoringeden.org

Falon French at 765-430-0979 or ffrench@hecweb.org

Minister & Leader of Creation Care Ministry Embarks on

Tour of Indiana’s Christian College Campuses

Peter Illyn, a nationally recognized minister and environmental advocate, will tour five Indiana Christian college campuses during November to inspire students to consider concern for the world around them as an extension of their faith. Relating Christian faith to current environmental issues — based on scripture, historic Christian virtues, and accepted science — Illyn will challenge Hoosiers to expand their ideas of stewardship and justice and stand up for the health and safety of all of God’s creation.

“Two hundred and fifty years ago, alongside the emergence of the evangelical church, we also saw new forms of science, the rise of the industrial era, and the deism of the Enlightenment thinkers,” says Illyn. “Many parts of these worldviews became unintentionally intertwined, leading to today’s disregard for environmental concerns by many Christians. Now, instead of seeing the earth as a garden that provides us fruit if nurtured, modern Christians see the earth as a gearbox – a machine that only needs to be maintained for its utilitarian value.”

Illyn will visit five Indiana Christian college campuses and other venues during November. He will be at Taylor University in Upland on November 8; Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, on November 9; Anderson University on November 10; Goshen College on November 14; and The University of Notre Dame in South Bend on November 15.

Illyn is the founder of Restoring Eden, an Oregon-based Christian nature appreciation and environmental stewardship ministry dedicated to helping Christians rediscover the biblical call to love, serve and protect God’s creation.

His efforts have been featured in a variety of media outlets such as Backpacker Magazine, Outside Magazine, the Osgood Files, Faithworks, Charisma, High Country News, Washington Post, Mother Jones, Whole Earth Magazine, CBS Evening News, CNN, Utne Reader and Christianity Today.

Local sponsors for the tour include Restoring Eden, Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, Hoosier Environmental Council, Taylor University, Anderson University, and Goshen College. Co-sponsors and hosting venues include Indiana Wesleyan University and the University of Notre Dame.

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