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University of Dayton Virtual Event: Climate Justice, Activism & Faith


Austin Schuler, aschuler@faithinpubliclife.org, 540-280-3393

John Gehring, jgehring@faithinpubliclife.org, 410-302-3792

University of Dayton Virtual Event: Climate Justice, Activism & Faith

Event Friday, March 12, Remarks from U. of Dayton President Eric Spina  

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, March 12 at 3:30 p.m. (ET), the University of Dayton and Faith in Public Life will co-host a virtual event featuring Dayton students in conversation about climate activism, faith and ecological justice. The panel will explore opportunities for the Biden administration and the Vatican to work together to protect what Pope Francis calls our “common home.” University of Dayton President Eric Spina will deliver opening remarks. John Gehring, Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life and author of The Francis Effect, will moderate the panel.

The event can be viewed by the media after registering here

The University of Dayton is a national leader on issues of climate justice and sustainability. In 2014, the university publicly committed to divest its portfolio from fossil fuels. 

“As we face a rapidly closing window of opportunity to address climate change, it’s critical to listen to the generation that will be impacted by this crisis most directly,” said Vincent Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture at the University of Dayton. “The University of Dayton has made a comprehensive commitment to sustainability in its investments, energy use, research and educational mission. We are happy to work with Faith in Public Life to give voice to our students’ concerns and insights.”

The event is part of Faith in Public Life’s 2021 virtual tour of Catholic universities, Faithful Activism: Catholic Millennials and Generation Z Speak Out. The tour highlights the powerful stories of young people of faith and provides a platform for conversations about religion, public policy and advocacy. Last week, Gehring moderated a conversation with Trinity Washington University focused on Black women and racial justice. More events will be scheduled for the spring.

Faith in Public Life is a national movement of clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice, equality and the common good. Together, with a network of over 50,000 leaders, they are leading the fight to advance just policies at the state and federal level that affirms our values and the human dignity of all.

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