The human race is well into a process of irreversible and anthropogenic ecological transformation.
So, as St. Ambrose University enters the sixth year of its annual project series, it is with the topic of Sustain-ability so that we may focus our attention on ethical practices relative to the earth, its resources and to humans, especially marginalized and future generations.
We have entered a period of human history when our moral responsibility is for ensuring survival rather than pursuing happiness, sustainability–exercising one's critical thinking skills in such a way as to better ensure the long-term viability of human flourishing and nature's integrity–is a fitting topic for the 2013-14 academic year.
In an age when many–including national-arena politicians and influential religious leaders–still deny global warming, the timeliness of this topic performs an important service in the interests of civil discourse.
–Rev. Robert "Bud" Grant
2013-14 Project Coordinator