Soup with Substance is a lunch-time gathering based on the Catholic Worker model roundtable discussion established by Peter Maurin. The goal of our program is to build awareness of relevant social justice issues, provide space for open and honest dialogue, and build connections. Each Soup with Substance event focuses on a particular faith and/or social justice issue. A variety of voices are invited to join the conversation to speak from their experience with the issue at hand. Students, faculty, and staff gather at round tables (as this is not a panel event but a casual lunch with speakers) with Voices of Authority or people working directly with those impacted by the issues. Soup is a collaboration between Campus Ministry and Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry.
Michael Schut serves as Program Coordinator for the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. His most recent position was Economic and Environmental Affairs Officer for the The Episcopal Church. He also served on staff for the Seattle-based Earth Ministry for 11 years. He has edited/partially authored three books: Simpler Living, Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective; Food and Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread; and Money and Faith: The Search for Enough. His degrees include a BS is in Biology from Wheaton College and a MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon.
Delaney Piper is a Sophomore in the Environmental Studies program here at Seattle University, and has been a member of the SU Divestment Campaign since this past fall. She sees large scale divestment as key to breaking the financial systems that disproportionally support the continued tyranny of fossil fuels. She hopes one day financial systems reflect the ecological damage done by human development.
Dr. Gareth Green received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource
Economics in 1995 from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.A. in
Economics at the University of Washington. Green teaches microeconomics,
statistics, environmental and natural resource economics, and managerial
economics. Green's research interests include natural resource and
environmental economics, the economics of technology adoption, and statistical
modeling. Specific examples of his research include the economics of
fair trade coffee markets, designing water purchase programs for the Bureau of
Reclamation for salmon habitat restoration in Idaho and Washington, developing
and instituting water pricing policies in California irrigation districts,
estimating the technology-adoption response to water pricing regulations,
examining the potential for environmental water marketing and leasing in
Washington State, and behavioral economics related to environmental investment
decisions over time. Dr. Green began teaching at Seattle University in the fall
of 2000, is a Seattle native and enjoys the many outdoor recreational
activities available in the Pacific Northwest.