F. Nelson Stover -- cultural engineer. Nelson has a BSc from Purdue University in Computer Science and a BDiv degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.
He conducted community development projects in India, Egypt, Australia and the US with the Institute of Cultural Affairs. For 20 years he designed Constituent Management Systems for non-profit organizations.
Materials by F. Nelson Stover
The materials on this page have been prepared by F. Nelson Stover.
They do not, necessarily, express the consensed opinion of the Board of Emerging Ecology.
Nelson's seminary thesis focused on the role of religious communities in social change. Although it was written in 1970, it remains relevant today. It is now available in digital form..
In 1988, Nelson began working on a Global Calendar as a way to create a way of celebrating within the context of an emerging universe. Anyone wishing to join in this celebration and holiday sequence should contact Nelson.
Additional writings by Nelson are available at other places on this website.
Since first meeting Thomas Berry personally in 1994, Thomas' perspectives and insights have influenced Nelson's writings and presentations. In 2012, Nelson and his wife, Elaine, received the Greensboro Public Library's Thomas Berry Award. An excerpted version of Thomas' book "The Great Work" and a free, six-session study guide are available on-line from Emerging Ecology.
In 2014, Nelson completed his first book entitled "Through Three Portals: Helping Tomorrow Unfold". It presents a systematic approach to theology in the 21st Century. It can be ordered through the Emerging Ecology website.
In 2009, Nelson gave a presentation at the dedication of the Joseph W. Mathews Library in Washington, DC. This was updated and both versions are available for download.
In 2018, Nelson's sermon series at UU in Covenant is entitled "Our Common Journey". The monthly sermons focus on 12 major events in the 14-billion year journey of the Universe and how these illumine our individual lives and collective experiences. Each month will include two services -- one on the first Sunday and one on the third Sunday (check the UU in Covenant website to confirm dates).
Sermons in the 2018 series are available on YouTube:
- Newness from Nowhere (January 21, 2018).]
- Building Bonded Commitments (February 4, 2018)
- [Due to technical difficulties the sermons for March and April are not available on YouTube.]
- Organizing for Creativity (May 6, 2018)
During 2017, Nelson preached a series of 11 sermons focused on Opportunities for liberal religious communities to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
The sermons are available on YouTube by following the links below:
- Why Us (February 5, 2017)
- Standing Between Yesterday and Tomorrow (March 5, 2017)
- The Thoughtful Decision (April 2, 2017)
- Beyond Beyond and Back (May 7, 2017)
- Establishing Mutually Enhancing Relationships (June 4, 2017)
- Demonstrating an Eco-Futuric Community (July 2, 2017)
- Embodying Interspecies Jubilation (August 6, 2017)
- Promoting Ecological Responsibility (September 3, 2017)
- Initiating Sociological Rebalancing (October 1, 2017)
- Affirming Individual Diversity (November 5, 2017)
- The Greatest Gift (December 3, 2017)
Since 2001, when Nelson encountered the drawings of Robert L. Powell, Sr., he has been fascinated with the possibilities of using a compass and straight-edge to unlock many of the wonders of the Universe.