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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. When he’s not parenting or working in nonprofit advocacy, you can find Dan writing and recording original music with his brother (a historian studying environmental racism), taking in live local music, cooking, camping, or working on and enjoying the family farm with its pond, horses, and more. Dan has degrees in music business from Valparaiso University and theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, as well as advanced training from Rockwood Leadership Institute and Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio.

Min Blyth Barnow,
Harm Reduction Faith Manager

Blyth Barnow serves as the Harm Reduction Faith Manager 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.

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Explore our network

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

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