Distinguished Speakers Series featuring Steve Jones
April 1 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Steve Jones, Ph.D., the former president of four universities and the current owner of an environmental consulting company, will be led in a moderated discussion by BAC Professor Rev. Ray Silverman, Ph.D. (MDiv ’84), focused on “Nature as Revelation” in Pendleton Hall. A reception will begin at 7 p.m. with the moderated discussion beginning at 7:30 p.m.
About Steve Jones, Ph.D.
Steve Jones, Ph.D., is the CEO of Great Blue Heron, LLC. Now 46 years beyond his bachelor’s degree in forestry, Steve is devoting his life to championing the cause of nature-inspired living, learning, serving, and leading. Previously, he was the president of Fairmont State University, Antioch University New England, Urbana University, and University of Alaska Fairbanks. He preceded his 34 years in higher education with 12 years in the paper and allied-products manufacturing industry where, among other assignments, he conducted tree-nutrition and forest-fertilization research for four years and served another two years in the Corporate Office of Environmental Affairs. As Alabama region land manager from 1981-85, he oversaw operations on the company’s 500 square miles of forestland across 32 Alabama counties.
Steve’s ultimate intent is to employ writing, speaking, and land legacy consulting to educate, inspire, and enable readers and listeners to understand, appreciate, enjoy nature, and accept and practice Earth stewardship. His vision is that people of all ages will pay greater attention to and engage more regularly with nature and will accept and practice informed and responsible Earth stewardship. Steve, through Great Blue Heron, encourages and seeks a better tomorrow through nature-inspired living.
Steve and Judy, his wife of 47 years, reside in the Tennessee Valley region of northern Alabama and have two children and five grandchildren. In addition to his work, Steve volunteers to teach courses related to nature-inspired life and living at Huntsville’s LearningQUEST, University of Alabama Huntsville’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and at THRIVE Senior Living in Huntsville.
In addition to his two published books (and two nearing completion), Steve issues weekly blog posts on his GBH website at http://stevejonesgbh.com/blog/. Steve often incorporates the spiritual dimensions of nature-inspired life in his writings.
About Rev. Ray Silverman, Ph.D.
Ray Silverman serves as associate professor of religion and English at Bryn Athyn College, where he has been teaching since 1999. Prior to that he served as a pastor in the Pittsburgh New Church, the Atlanta New Church, and the Lord’s New Church (Bryn Athyn, PA). He has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, an MAT from Wesleyan University, an M.Div. from Bryn Athyn College Theological School, and a B.A. from St. Lawrence University. He is the editor/ revisor of Helen Keller’s Light in My Darkness, the author of The Core of Johnny Appleseed, and co-author, with his wife, Star, of Rise Above It: Spiritual Development through the Ten Commandments. Ray and Star’s most recent book is Rise Above It: Spiritual Development for College Students. In September, 2018, Amazon named it “The #1 New Release in Religious Ethics.” Working collaboratively with Stephen Jones, Ph.D., Ray has completed a year-long research project titled, “Nature as Revelation.” He and Jones are both founding members of the Nature-Based Leadership Institute (Antioch University New England). They bring together science and spirituality (the two foundations of truth) confirming the declaration of scripture, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1).