Media Advisory: ‘Faith During and After Harvey’ panel tonight at Rice


David Ruth

Amy McCaig

‘Faith During and After Harvey’ panel tonight at Rice

HOUSTON – (Sept. 6, 2017) – In light of the recent devastation Houston has faced, the Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP) at Rice University will host a program tonight titled “Faith During and After Harvey: What Religious Communities Did and Could Still Do.” RPLP will be sharing research about what faith communities are doing and could do during post-storm recovery. A panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 309 at Rice University’s Sewall Hall.

The event is free and open to the public and news media.

Who: Cleve Tinsley IV with Rice’s Department of Religion will moderate the panel. Panelists will include Elaine Howard Ecklund, director of RPLP at Rice University; the Rev. Greg Han, director of interfaith relations, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston; and Pastor Rudy Rasmus, senior pastor, St. John’s Church Downtown.

What: RPLP will present initial research on what faith communities are doing in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and religious leaders will share stories of what Houston’s faith communities did during the storm. The religious leaders and researchers will provide information about ideas for helping with long-term recovery after the storm.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Where: Room 309, Sewall Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St.

For more information, to schedule an interview with the moderator or one of the panelists ahead of the event or to RSVP to the event, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6327 or

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About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.