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Our Work in Ohio

Ohio is a crossroads state in politics and a melting pot for faith. We bring a unique voice by combining faith leader advocacy with strategic planning to make change. Faith leaders play a critical role in shaping public policy and the public narrative.

Reducing Harm Caused by the “War on Drugs”

As we work to quell the overdose crisis in Ohio, we affirm the dignity of people who use drugs — and reject any attempt to demean and marginalize our beloved neighbors.

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Rev. Dan Clark,
Ohio Director

Rev. Dan Clark (he/him/his) is Ohio Director at Faith in Public Life. In this role, he builds relationships with diverse clergy and faith leaders around Ohio to amplify a faith voice around issues and moments for the common good, justice, and compassion. Dan was born and raised in Columbus, and though he’s also lived in Chicagoland, Hampton Roads, and Colorado Springs, and worked and studied in Africa and Eastern Europe, he loves living near his hometown on a 7 acre farm with his wife Jeannette, an equine facilitated psychotherapist, and his 3 teenaged kids.
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Min Blyth Barnow,
Ohio Associate Director

Blyth Barnow (she/her) serves as the Ohio Associate Director for Faith In Public Life. She is a preacher, harm reductionist, writer and community organizer. She is the founder of Femminary, an online ministry focused on reclaiming dignity by finding divinity in the profane. She is currently working to establish harm reduction resources for faith based communities and has already brought her worship service, Naloxone Saves, to several states. Blyth graduated from Pacific School Of Religion where she received a Master of Divinity and the Paul Wesley Yinger preaching award. She also serves on the National Leadership Team for Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), the Overdose and Drug Use Ministry of the United Church of Christ, and Faith In Harm Reduction.

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Paisha Thomas
Ohio Senior Campaigns and Organizing Associate

Paisha Thomas (she/her) is Ohio’s Senior Campaigns and Organizing Associate. She first connected with FPL when hundreds of faith leaders gathered at First Congregational Church in Columbus, Ohio to respond to the first in a series of so-called Muslim bans in 2017. After that she began to participate in FPL’s work in central Ohio as a volunteer artist and advocate. Knowing that the team needed more capacity to focus on police accountability in the wake of the George Floyd uprising, she joined the team on a part time contract as Racial Justice Campaign Coordinator in August 2020.
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REgional Clergy Coordinators

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Faith in Public Life has on-the-ground organizers in four states: check out our work around the country!

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