Xavier hosting symposium on climate change and Catholic social teaching on April 5

March 27, 2009

Xavier University is hosting "The Catholic Climate Covenant: A Symposium on Climate Change and Catholic Social Teaching" on Sunday, April 5, from 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. in the Schiff Framily Conference Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, includes two keynote presentations and a series of workshops.
Pre-registered participants are invited to stay for a buffet dinner followed by a free 7:00 p.m. lecture on climate change and public policy given by David Orr, the Paul Sears distinguished professor of environmental studies and politics at Oberlin College. The lecture is sponsored by Xavier University's Ethics/Religion and Society program.

William Rauckhorst, a professor of physics at Miami University, and Tony Stieritz, the director of the Catholic Social Action Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, begin the event with keynote presentations on "Climate Change and Catholic Social Teaching."
Following this presentation, a variety of workshops are offered, including:

• "Congregational Energy Audits" by Greg Hitzhusen of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light.

• "Tools for Congregations and Educators" by Jeanne Jablonski of the Marianist Environmental Education Center.

• Renewable energy, by Paula Gonzalez.

• Food and agriculture, by John Sniegocki.

• "Franciscan Care of Creation: Water Issues and Climate Change" by Rosie Miller, O.F.M.

• Appalachian strip mining and climate change, by Joanne Koehl

The event is co-sponsored by the Climate Change Task Force of the Catholic Social Action Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Ethics/Religion & Society Program at Xavier.

To register, contact the Catholic Social Action Office at 513-421-3131, ext. 2660.