Dr. Amy Acton preaches at Columbus Church about the environment – The Columbus Dispatch

Dr.. Amy Acton Best known for leading Ohio’s response to COVID-19 in his early days as director of the Ohio Department of Health, he will address Sunday at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ downtown.

Acton, now the leader of the nonprofit Franklin County group fast 5Church preaching, led by Reverend Tim Arens, is an opportunity for her to immerse herself in deep thought, he said.

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“Spirituality is a big part of my life,” said Acton, who is Jewish. “I’ve always been curious how people live good lives and what these larger cultural experiences are.”

Acton was named president and CEO of RAPID 5, which represents Rivers and Parks + Imagination + Design, in May. The group aims to connect the interrupt network with five streams.

On Sunday, at mass at 9 and 11 a.m., Arens said Acton will preach a sermon titled “One Hope” as part of the church’s six-week preaching series called “God’s Good Land.” Church, at 444 E. Broad St. Masks are encouraged, and everyone is welcome.

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Arens hopes that people will learn from Acton how they can participate in the care of creation.

“Caring about the planet is a big deal for us to all deal with ourselves,” Arens said.

But he said Acton’s work at the local level could help people deconstruct it.

“We can do some very clear environmental action here and now … it kind of puts it into practice where we live,” Arens said. “There are some practical things that RAPID 5 can do to connect us to each other and the Earth and they are huge.”

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On Acton’s part, she said she is working to find her voice on the environmental justice side of her work. She said it’s an undercover job for public health and nature has many health benefits.

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She said the topic of climate change on an international scale can be overwhelming, but the city has the resources to do something big now that can make a difference as it grows.

With RAPID 5, Acton is trying to create a movement that is driven by individuals and the community, she said, and wants to raise the bar for people who are already doing the work, too.

“You ask people to do everything they can. … It’s often the little things we all do,” Acton said. In that case, each of us has to look around our world.

“The world is screaming and it’s hurting, we are hurting…I think nature is the antidote.”

Dr.. Amy Acton

Acton hopes her sermon will be an even greater call to action on the community, so don’t miss the opportunity to make an impact.

“Our world is screaming and it hurts, we are hurting,” Acton said. “I think nature is the antidote.”

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