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Religious Experts to Discuss Environment

An interfaith panel of religious leaders will lead a public discussion on the topic of environmental stewardship during an event at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Oklahoma City University. This Oklahoma Interfaith Panel on Environmental Stewardship is free to the public and will be held in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on N.W. 23rd Street between Blackwelder and Kentucky avenues.

The panel of guest speakers will include Rabbi Abby Jacobson of Emanuel Synagogue; Rev. Dr. William Tabbernee, executive director of Oklahoma Conference of Churches; Imam Imad Enchassi, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City; and Rev. Kris Ladusau, pastor of the Dharma Center of Oklahoma Buddhism for Today.

Each panelist will have 15 minutes to share their thoughts on environmental stewardship before joining a 15-minute discussion among the panelists. The event then will be opened for dialogue between the panel and members of the audience.

Ted Metzler, who directs the event’s sponsoring OCU programs – The Darrell W. Hughes Program for Religion and Science Dialogue, and Oklahoma Interfaith Power and Light – said, “Care for sustaining environmental quality is undoubtedly prudent, but it also has deep roots in our world’s religious traditions.  We welcome this opportunity to raise a public reminder of that rich legacy.”    

For more information about the Oklahoma Interfaith Panel on Environmental Stewardship, contact Metzler at or (405) 208-5511.