Founder of Blessed Earth to speak at CU's chapel Jan. 28

Founder of Blessed Earth to speak at CU's chapel Jan. 28

Jan. 21, 2015

By Josh Christian, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Matthew Sleeth of Lexington, Ky., founder of Blessed Earth, will speak at Ransdell Chapel at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28 on the campus of Campbellsville University at 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville.

Everyone is invited to the free event.

Blessed Earth is an educational nonprofit that equips people of faith to be better stewards of earth and its natural resources.

 
 Dr. Matthew Sleeth

Dr. John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president, said, “Dr. Matthew Sleeth has dedicated his life to raising our awareness in the Christian community on some of the key issues of our time.

“In addition to the cause of earth stewardship and leading simpler lifestyles that are not totally predicated on excessive consumption and materialism, he has become engaged in efforts to raise consciousness of the Sabbath - which is about restraint and intentionally not doing all that is demanded of us simply because we can.”

Chowning said Sleeth is leading a campaign around the country, as he speaks in numerous churches and on college and university campuses, to urge Christians, as well as all people, to set aside a day of rest as a mean of reconnecting to God.

“As Dr. Sleeth has stated, ‘we invite you to let go of the controls one day each week, to let God be God,’” Chowning said.

Sleeth offers simple suggestions on ways to simplify our lives and to find time to spend more time with God and His creation and with our families, Chowning said.

Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two postdoctoral fellowships. As well as being an advocate for the planet’s natural resources, Sleeth has previously worked as an emergency room physician and chief of the hospital’s medical staff. Through this experience, Sleeth treated many patients who were physically ill due to working too much, consuming too much and having too little time to focus on the important things of life.

In 2002, Sleeth resigned from his position as chief of the medical staff and director of the ER to lecture, write and peach about creation care and the environment.

Sleeth is the author of "24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life." This book is about the benefits of observing a “stop day.”

Sleeth is also a well sought after speaker and regular guest at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Chapel is designed to provide opportunities for corporate worship and exposure through a variety of informative speakers and presentations.

All chapels are open to the public free of charge and are televised live on WLCU (Comcast Cable channel 10) and are streamed live on the Internet at www.campbellsville.edu/live-streaming.

For information about chapel, call the Office of Campus Ministries at (270) 789-5227.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.


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