FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2007
Office of College Communications
WENHAM, MA-Gordon College welcomes Reverend Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), as keynote speaker at the Barrington Annual Seminar. The seminar features premier Christian scholars addressing critical issues - Rev. Cizik will present two lectures entitled "For the Health of the Nation" and "For God's Sake."
"Rev. Cizik can speak to the intersection of Christian faith, contemporary science, and the need for Christians to speak up about both in the public square," says Daniel Russ, director of the Center for Christian Studies at Gordon. "He's been at the forefront of encouraging evangelical Christians to take seriously the environmental crisis that exists today and convincing leaders in science and politics to take seriously people of faith and our love of and care for the creation."
Rev. Cizik has been involved in international religious liberty causes for the NAE since 1980, when he urged policy-makers to add "religion" to the annual human rights report. Today his primary responsibilities at the NAE include setting the policy direction on issues before Congress, the White House, and Supreme Court, as well as serving as a national spokesman on issues of concern to evangelicals - global warming has been at the forefront.
In a recent interview, Dr. Cizik expressed his views on the subject. "The climate change crisis that we believe is occurring is not something we can wait ten years, five years, even a year, to address. Climate change is real and human induced. It calls for action soon. And we are saying action based upon a biblical view of the world as God's world."
One of the principal drafters of NAE's 1996 "Statement of Conscience on Worldwide Religious Persecution," Rev. Cizik is frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and has appeared on CNN "HEADLINE NEWS," C-SPAN, PBS "Ethics & Religion News Weekly," WORLD NET, Voice of America, and many other media outlets.He is the author of over one hundred published articles and editorials, author and editor of The High Cost of Indifference, a contributor to On Christian Freedom, the Dictionary of Christianity in America, and the document "For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Engagement." He also serves as editor of NAE Washington Insight, and directs NAE's Washington Insight Briefing and Christian Student Leadership Conferences.
Rev. Cizik holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Whitworth College, a Master of Arts in Public Affairs from the George Washington University School of Public & International Affairs, a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary, and he completed overseas studies at the National Political Science University in Taipei, Taiwan, and the Taipei Language Institute. Rev. Cizik currently resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his wife and two sons.
WHAT: Vice President of the National Association of Evangelicals,Reverend Richard Cizik, lectures at Gordon College.
Both events are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by the Center for Christian Studies at Gordon College and funded by the Barrington Annual Seminar Fund. The Barrington Annual Seminar was established to honor the name of Barrington College and its outstanding faculty, staff and administration. For additional information please contact Ashley Hopkins at 978.867.4569 or e-mail ashley.hopkinsgordon.edu.
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