Panel Will Discuss Sustainability at Oklahoma City University, Thursday, Sept. 8th

OKLAHOMA CITY – A panel discussion entitled “Sustainability” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8th, at 7 pm, in Oklahoma City University’s Bishop Angie Smith Chapel, on NW 23rd St., just east of Indiana St. Attendance at the event is free and open to the public.

Panel participants will deal with three aspects of sustainability that affect people everywhere, organizers say. Issues to be addressed include the global economy, environmental sustainability, and U.S. military global commitments, including the current conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

Addressing globalization and its impact will be Rev. Dr. Stan G. Duncan, author of “The Greatest Story Oversold.” Duncan holds a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Oklahoma and Masters in Divinity from Vanderbilt University. An ordained pastor with duel standing in the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Chrtist), Duncan has pastored churches and held the position of Merrell Fellow in economics and theology at Harvard University Divinity School. Deeply concerned about globalization and poverty, Duncan founded and leads the Jubilee Task Force and Economic Globalization Task Force within the United Church of Christ. He has led annual delegations to study economic development in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Panel presenter Robert Waldrop will address challenges and opportunities in environmental sustainability. Waldrop is a fourth generation Oklahoman and founder of the Oklahoma Food Coop that sells only locally grown foods and locally made items. He holds a Certificate in Permaculture from Barking Frogs Permaculture and has been an Assistant Instructor of the OKC Permaculture Design Course in conjunction with the Permaculture Institute of New Mexico. He has been the keynote speaker at annual conferences of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network, and was a presenter at the 2nd Annual Conference on Peak Oil and Community Solutions in Ohio.

Discussing war and peace issues will be Dr. Katherine Scheirman, MD, Colonel, USAF.MC, retired. Dr. Scheirman received a BA from Michigan State University, her MD from the University of Oklahoma, and an MHA from Baylor University. She retired after 20 years active service from the Air Force in 2006 in the rank of Colonel. Her final assignment was as Chief of Medical Operations for U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, during the height of the Iraq War. In this capacity, Scheirman was responsible for medical operations for ten Air Force hospitals and clinics in Europe. In retirement, Dr. Scheirman has been an advocate for veterans and the military, and serves as a senior advisor to VoteVets. She is a teaching fellow for the American College of Physicians and is active in Doctors for America.

Moderators for the panel discussion will be Nathaniel Batchelder, Director of the Peace House in Oklahoma City, and Dr. Robin Meyers, professor of Rhetoric and Ethics at Oklahoma City University and Senior Pastor at Mayflower Congregational Church UCC.

This event is cosponsored by The Peace House, the Oikos Scholars Program at Oklahoma City University, Mayflower Church, and generous donors.