Innovation and Impact: Past Projects

Interfaith Appalachia

Project Description

Interfaith Appalachia (IA) brings people together across differences of faith, politics, and environmental perspectives through a common commitment to service, dialogue, and community development in central Appalachia. During 2012-2013, IA’s main focus is to organize immersive, interfaith service-learning opportunities in the tri-cities area of Harlan County, Kentucky. The organization is also creating a highly subsidized trip for college chaplains and youth group leaders. IA is also developing two pilot projects; a social venture in partnership with Appalachian artists, and a public speaking program.

About David Fisher

David Fisher is a 2012 graduate of Oberlin College, where he majored in Jewish Studies and Environmental Studies. As an undergraduate, he undertook two spiritual and academic journeys with support from the Doris Baron Environmental Studies Student Research Fund. He spent winter term of 2010 conducting community-based research about environmental conflict resolution in the Middle East, and undertook an ecological pilgrimage by land and sea the following year. The pilgrimage ended in Israel, where he spent the spring semester of 2011 studying at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. David has been a recipient of the Dalai Lama Fellowship, Udall Scholarship, Davis Projects for Peace, and Newman Civic Fellowship.