Judson Professor Dr. Mark Torgerson Authors Book on Green Worship Spaces
(August 1, 2012 - Elgin, IL) Dr. Mark Torgerson, professor of Worship Studies at Judson University, has authored a new book "Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry: Congregations, Their Buildings, and Creation Care," published by the Alban Institute this June.
"Making good environmental choices is an increasingly important social question for our day," says Torgerson. "Treasuring God’s gift of this world and pursuing justice are important dimensions of this issue, but increasingly sound financial stewardship is related to environmental care, and it is increasingly cost-effective to pursue green principles in building and renovation."
"Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry" is intended to be a comprehensive, practical guide to assist congregations with the process of pursuing environmental stewardship. Chapters in the book provide a biblical and theological foundation for creation care, tools for assessing and developing constructive environmental choices, and specific applications that could be used in addressing land development, the building shell, and interior environments. Ten congregations from various geographical locations, Christian and Jewish, are featured as model communities of faith doing good work in creation care. New construction, renovation, and historic preservation are all addressed in the book (with congregations featuring all three types of projects). Suggestions for integrating creation care into worship and congregational education are also included.
Torgerson teaches in the areas of worship, theology, and architecture at Judson. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science and International Development from California State University, his Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies from North Park Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Theological/Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He has served as a pastor in churches in Wisconsin and Connecticut. His work with the material environment and worship spans more than twenty years. His most recent book is "An Architecture of Immanence: Architecture for Worship and Ministry."
Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry can be purchased here.