Hannah first became interested in the relationship between faith and the environment through working in outdoor ministry at a Church of the Brethren summer camp where she helped youth explore their faith in the context of God’s Creation. Hannah’s interest in the intersection between justice, theology, and the environment led her to Candler School of Theology at Emory University where she received her Masters of Divinity (MDiv) with a concentration in Justice, Peacebuilding, and Conflict Transformation. While at Emory, Hannah worked with Emory University’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives, coordinating a sustainability program in the residence halls to promote sustainable living and equip students to advocate for environmental initiatives on campus.
As the Program Associate, Hannah brings GIPL programs and workshops to communities of faith across Georgia to inspire faith-based responses to environmental concerns. Hannah manages GIPL’s signature programs, Power Wise and Water Wise, as well as GIPL’s Green Team Coaching program. She works directly with congregations to assist with developing sustainable spaces and practices, launching a Green Team, or taking environmental action in their communities.
Hannah also holds a BA in the Anthropology of Religion from Juniata College where she focused her studies in world religions and the intersection of religion and culture. Through work in college chaplaincy both at Juniata College and at Oxford College of Emory University, as well as a pastoral residency with Lititz Church of the Brethren in Lititz, PA, Hannah brings experience in interfaith dialogue and congregational and pastoral care. She is excited to help educate communities of faith in theological responses to the ecological crisis, particularly as it relates to issues of justice, and to work with them to implement practical solutions to climate concerns. In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, running, and exploring new parts of Atlanta.