Interfaith Care of Creation Series: Learn from members of the Islamic Community

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm (CT)
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“Approximately a third of all the food we eat is due to pollination from the honeybee. Unfortunately, due to habitat loss, pollution, pesticides and disease their numbers have been dwindling. Over the last decade, there has been a startling rise in colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon by which the worker bees in a colony disappear.” -


Join us in our fourth installment of the Interfaith Care of Creation Series as we learn from the members of the Islamic community about the importance of honey bees in their role as pollinators. We will have pizza and baklava while we engage in conversation!


Participate in the photo contest related to this event to help us highlight the importance of the role of the honeybee as a pollinator! Register here:


Dr. Ferhat Ozturk, assistant professor of practice at UTSA, studying medicinal properties of honey during the last decade with a strong Ph.D. background in gene therapy, molecular and cellular biology, bioinformatics, and biochemistry research, will be discussing the role of honeybees in pollination and integrative medicine.


“Dr. Ozturk, a Turkey native who’s in his second-year teaching at UTSA, hopes to find a local honey that can compete with medical-grade honeys from around the world.” –San Antonio Report


Also joining us, Seyma Kilic and members of CESA, the Climate Enthusiasts of San Antonio. CESA is a group of young women from the Turkish Raindrop House who are a part of the UIW Young Women’s Global Leadership program. Locally and internationally they have been teaching about the importance of caring for creation and ways to do it. They have hosted an Interfaith Tree Planting, educational programs for schools, and other things.

Co-sponsored by SUSTAIN, Our Student Sustainability Organization with opportunities to act, connect, and educate others on the most pressing issue of our time: preserving the world for generations to come. Follow Sustain on Instagram.

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As background for this whole series sponsored by UIW, you are invited to watch this short film “Interfaith Care of Creation” connecting with the Catholic emphasis on human dignity GMT20220829-000505_Recording Questions: Sister Martha Ann Kirk, and the Interfaith Care of Creation Grant Team, Dr. Deepti Kharod, Dr. Ben Miele, Ms. Sheen Connell, Dr. Sandy Guzman Foster, Dr. Kevin Salfen, partnering with Interfaith America.

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