Calling All Lutes to Protect the Earth

Thursday, April 4, 2019 + 12:00 Noon to 4:15 PM + Xavier 201

Despite current federal rollbacks of protection for land, water, and air, we are witnessing remarkable efforts by students, public servants, and activists to diminish human-produced climate change. School Strike for Climate, the New Green Deal, and the Sustainable Tacoma Commission are local, national, and international efforts to protect and conserve the earth, our beautiful and suffering home. Join us as faculty, students, and Tacoma leaders in environmental activism discuss their calling to support the flourishing of the earth, here and throughout the world:


12 Noon What grounds our commitment to environmental sustainability?
Dr. Samuel Torvend, Center for Vocation

12:30 My calling to become an environmental activist
Dr. Todd Hay, NOAA data team lead, will discuss his calling to environmental activism in the struggle against Puget Sound Energy’s fracked liquid natural gas facility.

1:30 Break

Student Essay Contest 2019!

The Wild Hope Center invites currently registered students to write an essay on the calling to “care for the earth,” a core element of PLU’s mission.

The first-place essay writer will be awarded a prize of $500.
The second-place essay writer will be awarded a prize of $250.

1:45 Students called to care for the Earth
Student panel presenting their commitments to protect the earth.

2:30 Break

2:45 Student essay contest: announcement of winners
Wild Hope’s Student Essay Contest winners will be announced with prizes of $500 and $250 for the top two essays

3:00 Break

3:15 Called to Marathon Running in a Deep Green Earth
Dr. Bridgette O’Brien, triathlete marathon runner and PLU environmental ethicist, will discuss her vocation as a runner in the Northwest’s deep green habitat.

4:15 Conclusion

Questions? Send an email to Dr. Samuel Torvend at or to Ms. Laree Winer, Associate Director of the Center, at