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Nov. 15, 2005

Birmingham-Southern professor named Sierra Club Preservationist of the Year

BIRMINGHAM , Ala.—Larry Brasher, Denson N. Franklin Professor of Religion at Birmingham-Southern College, has been selected 2005 Preservationist of the Year by the Sierra Club, Alabama Chapter.

The Sierra Club, founded in 1892, is America's oldest, most influential grassroots environmental organization. Brasher was presented the award in October at the Alabama Chapter's annual retreat. It was based on his efforts in Alabama over the past decade and especially on his environmental activism during his current Sabbatical studying natural theology.

His class at Birmingham-Southern called “Religion and the Natural World” examines humanity's relationship to the environment as understood in a wide range of the world's religious traditions. Also, his freshman class “Ecospirituality and Sustainability” looks at contemporary theology relating to nature and the role of environmental organizations in Alabama.

Brasher, who joined the BSC faculty in 1999, earned his A.B. at Duke University, Masters in Divinity at Yale University, and his Ph.D. at Duke University.

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