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Program Will Look at Faith and the Environment

Oct. 5, 2015
This news article originally appeared on the website of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and was written by Kurt Knebusch.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four religious leaders with roots in Ohio will speak in a panel discussion called “Faiths Worldwide Tackle Environmental Challenges” on Oct. 13 at The Ohio State University.
The event is part of a monthly breakfast program series hosted by the Ohio State-based Environmental Professionals Network, a statewide professional networking group.
“We’ll hear from outstanding religious leaders at local and national levels about their faiths’ approaches and rationales for environmental stewardship,” said David Hanselmann, the network’s coordinator and a lecturer in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
“Perhaps the strengthening faith-based initiatives can even help overcome the political gridlock that so many environmental issues are challenged by,” said Hanselmann, who works in the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR). The network is a service of the school.

Protestant, Catholic, Jewish views

Speaking on the panel will be:
  • Jared Boyd, associate pastor at Central Vineyard Church in Columbus; founder of Justice Gardens, a Columbus urban farming cooperative; and founder of the Order of Sustainable Faith monastic network.
  • Donald Hubin, Ohio State emeritus professor of philosophy and organizer of the university’s Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society (COMPAS) program.
  • Cincinnati native Daniel Misleh, founding executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Catholic Climate Covenant.
  • Jessica Shimberg, JD, a rabbinic student through ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal; associate chaplain for Jewish life at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware; and spiritual leader of the environmentally conscious Little Minyan Kehilla Jewish community based in Upper Arlington.
Moderating the discussion will be Greg Hitzhusen, who studies religion and the environment as an assistant professor in SENR and holds a master of divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School.
Lead-in to Cardinal Turkson talk
Hanselmann said the event will serve as a lead-in to a Nov. 2 talk at Ohio State by Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana. Turkson led the development of Pope Francis’s Laudato Si environmental encyclical, which the Vatican released in June. The pope quoted from the encyclical in his Sept. 24 address to Congress.
Registration for the Oct. 13 program, which costs $10 and includes a full breakfast, is open to both members of the network and the public. Details and a link to online registration and payment are at The registration deadline is noon Oct. 9.
The event is at Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive in Columbus.
The event’s sponsors are Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, and the COMPAS program at Ohio State.
For more information, contact Hanselmann at or 614-247-1908 or go to

Photo caption: A panel discussion called “Faiths Worldwide Tackle Environmental Challenges” will be held on Oct. 13 at Ohio State. (Photo: Vladimir Arndt, iStock.)