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Christine Gutleben

Senior Director, Faith Outreach

The Humane Society of the United States

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Christine Gutleben is the senior director of the Faith Outreach program of The Humane Society of the United States.

The HSUS's Faith Outreach program is the first of its kind in the animal protection movement and is a result of Gutleben's passion for the intersection of faith and advocacy.

The program seeks to engage religious communities of all denominations and faiths in critical issues related to animal protection.

Watch video of Gutleben addressing attendees at a conference of religious leaders »

Since joining The HSUS in March 2007, Gutleben has attracted hundreds of religious leaders and individuals to the cause of animal protection, securing their support for animal welfare policies, campaigns, and programs. She also hosts annual meetings for faith leaders at The HSUS's headquarters to form partnerships to address the widespread abuse of animals in the U.S.

Gutleben co-produced the powerful film Eating Mercifully, which examines Christian perspectives on factory farming. The film garnered the attention of religious and mainstream media nationwide and was premiered at the Washington National Cathedral in September 2008. She has presented at notable conferences hosted by the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Religion Newswriters Association, Q Ideas, and others. She is also a member of the AAR Animals and Religion Steering Committee.

Gutleben earned a bachelor's degree in religious studies from the University of California at Davis. She received her master's degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., where she studied theology and the interplay between food and faith. During 2004, she spent several months farming in California's central valley.

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