a site for resources that help develop environmental stewardship within faith communities
Communities of Faith have emerged as leaders in addressing environmental and economic issues while working to build sustainable cultures. Together with civic leaders, scientists, legislators, business leaders and many other organizations, faith communities work to transform the sources of environmental and social degradation that threaten the ability of present and future generations to flourish.
Here at The Ohio State University, the School of Environment and Natural Resources and our collaborators are striving to cultivate ways in which faith communities can work together with their partners to best meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century. We have learned that faith communities and their wisdom traditions have much to offer, and through this site we seek to make the latest, reliable scientific information and resources available to faith communities for their practice.
In 2022, we launched the RESTORExchange, a religion and sustainability database, to make it easier to access resources that can help faith communities build effective earth stewardship principles and practices. You can also freely access Dr. Hitzhusen’s 2019 online book: Religion and Environmental Values in America (preview), or read the published works of Dr. Hitzhusen’s students in Emerging Perspectives in Religion and Environmental Values in America (2022). We are always open to feedback we receive from the community, so please feel free to let us know what you’d like to see on the site!
You can discover resources for faith based sustainability work at the RESTORExchange religion-sustainability site, contact Dr. Hitzhusen to consult about faith-based environmental opportunities or find an expert speaker for your congregation, or read more about the topic in Religion and Environmental Values in America.
Curious about how religion and the environment relate? Explore the Renewal Project website or watch this short video to learn more – these are good starting points to begin to understand the incredibly diverse landscape of religious sustainability work: