I was educated in music, religious studies, Germanic studies, and theology at Indiana University, the University of Hamburg (Germany), and Emory University. With my wife Cyndi and our young children (Eva, Clare, and Elijah), I founded, live on and run on Genesis Organic Farm, a small-scale fruit and vegetable market farm in southern Indiana. We live in a solar- and wind-powered home we designed and built ourselves. I also have some non-farm employment. I am the full-time director of graduate lay degree programs and spiritual formation for Saint Meinrad, a Benedictine monastery and school of theology. I also cantor and direct music at my small rural parish, and I write essays and a regular column for America magazine, the national Jesuit weekly. My writing and speaking mainly concern the intersection of simple living, ecology and Christian spirituality, and I recently published a book with Ave Maria Press concerning these themes, entitled A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt. Recently, I was trained as a Catholic Climate Ambassador for the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change; as an Ambassador, I give talks on the Catholic Church’s teaching on climate change.