Darren Parry has served as the Chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation for the last 6 years. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the American West Heritage Center, in Wellsville, Utah, the Utah State Museum board, and the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. A graduate of the University of Utah and Weber State University, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, with an emphasis on history. His passions in life are his family which includes his wife Melody and 9 children and 11 grandchildren. His other passion is his Tribal family. Darren wants to make sure that those who have gone before him are not forgotten. The story of the Bear River Massacre and the outcomes of that horrific event need to be remembered. He is currently working hard to raise money and awareness so an interpretive center can be built at the massacre site so that those who gave so much are never forgotten. It is important that the Shoshone perspective is heard. It is also important to him that all people’s perspectives are heard and respected.
Alan Matheson, Jr. was confirmed as executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality in June 2015. In addition to that role, he continues to serve as senior environmental advisor to Governor Gary R. Herbert, a position he has held since October 2011. Previous to his work with the State of Utah, Matheson served as the executive director of Envision Utah where he facilitated public processes to help communities address development and natural resource challenges in a way consistent with science, economic realities, and public values.
Session 1 Panel: Academic Discussion of Religious Approaches to Ecology
Dr. Sue Darlington
Sue Darlington is Dean of the School of Critical Social Inquiry and Professor of Anthropology at Hampshire College (Amherst, Massachusetts).
Dr. David Haberman
David Haberman is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University and member of the Advisory Board of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University School for Forestry and Environmental Studies. Haberman is the author of several books, including, River of Lover in an Age of Pollution: the Yamuna River of Northern India
Dr. Margaret Barker
Margaret Barker, former President of the Society for Old Testament Study and, since 1997, participant in Religion, Science and the Environment symposium, convened by His All Holiness Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch.
Dr. George Handley
George Handley is Associate Dean of Brigham Young University’s College of Humanities, Comparative Arts & Letters; author of Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River and co-editor of Stewardship and the Creation: LDS Perspectives on the Environment.
Session 2 Panel: Religious Leaders' Discussions
Lama Chönam Chöying NamgyalLama Chönam Chöying Namgyal was born in the Golog area of eastern Tibet in 1964. After training under one of the centuries greatest meditation masters, Lama Chönam escaped Tibet in 1992 and later came to the United States, where he resides today. Over the past sixteen years, Lama Chönam has taught the esoteric contemplative system, dzokchen, “The Great Perfection.”
Anuttama Dasa serves on the Governing Body Commission for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a major Hindu organization. He travels widely as a senior teacher of Vaishnava Hindu traditions.
Rt. Reverend Bishop Carolyn Tanner Irish
Carolyn Tanner Irish, the tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, has multiple degrees, including from Stanford and the University of Michigan, where she graduated with high honors in philosophy. This was followed by a Master of Letters (M.Litt) degree in moral philosophy from Oxford and a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree, cum laude, from Virginia Theological Seminary.
Elder Steven E. Snow
Steven E. Snow has been a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints since 2001. Elder Snow also served as a member of the Presidency of the “ Seventy ” from 2007 to 2012; and he has supervised the Utah Areas, the North America Central Area, and, as President, the Africa Southeast Area. He is currently the Church Historian and Executive Director of the Church History Department.