Blessed Earth Executive Director to Speak at CU

Oct. 20, 2009

For Immediate Release

Campbellsville University to Host Dr. Matthew Sleeth Speaking on Earth Stewardship Nov. 5

By Rachel Crenshaw, student news writer

 CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky., — Campbellsville University will host a Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy  (KHIPP) forum on earth stewardship Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m.  in the Banquet Hall of the Student Union Building located at 110 University Drive in Campbellsville.

            The event will feature guest speaker Dr. Matthew Sleeth, author of “Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action.”

            The address is free and open to the public.

            Sleeth is a former emergency room physician who resigned from his position as chief of the medical staff and director of the ER to lecture, write, and preach about creation care and the environment.

            On Sleeth’s Web site, he said, “Today I preach about God and his creation. I am one of a growing number of those whom the Lord is using to educate people about his love for them and his love for the natural world. The earth was designed to sustain every generation’s needs, not to be plundered in an attempt to meet one generation’s wants.”

            Sleeth and his family formed a nonprofit organization, Blessed Earth, to address larger audiences about creation care and the environment and to respond to the hundreds of speaking requests received by Sleeth. The mission of Blessed Earth is to inspire and equip faith communities to become better stewards of the earth. Sleeth currently serves as executive director of Blessed Earth.

            Blessed Earth promotes measurable environmental change and meaningful spiritual growth through outreach to churches, campuses and media.

            Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two postdoctoral fellowships. He has been a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, the College of Emergency Physicians and the College of Executive Physicians.

            Sleeth resides in Wilmore, Ky., with his wife, Nancy, and their family.

            KHIPP primarily focuses its attention on facilitating public policy study and issues debate, while encouraging the involvement of Christian leaders in the public and civic arenas. The institute’s mission is to engage Campbellsville University students, faculty and staff, and the general public, in a greater awareness and understanding of the myriad issues confronting our culture.

            Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2010 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 23rd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and fourth in “up-and-coming” schools in the south. CU has been ranked 17 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges® and to G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his 11th year as president.