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Houston - CONFRONTING POVERTY FROM THE HEART OF FAITH
South Main Baptist Church
Houston, TX
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Thank you for your interest and participation in the FaithandReason conference event, "Houston Confronting Poverty From The Heart Of Faith: Why in a city of incredible wealth are so many of us poor and what should we do about it?" to be held on September 18, 19, & 20, 2014, at South Main Baptist Church, Houston, TX. Ticket sales are now closed. If you have questions, please call 1-800-882-7424 or 1-601-354-0767 and speak with Jennifer Vail. Or email Jennifer at jennifervail@faithandreason.org.


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Houston - CONFRONTING POVERTY FROM THE HEART OF FAITH
AS RELIGIOUS PROGRESSIVES we embrace a non-violent resistance to domination systems that marginalize the poor and the weak. Both Torah and the New Testament are clear about God's dream for the world - a society of equality and justice where everyone has enough. As people of faith we recognize that all women, men and children are members of the family of God; they belong to us and we belong to them. We now deliberately join together determined to create economic and social justice for all.

As progressive religious people - regardless of our faith or political affiliation - we must pay attention and take action to combat this injustice. It's time to turn the page in Texas!

SPONSORS

South Main Baptist Church, Congregation Beth Israel, Rothko Chapel, Plymouth United Church of Christ, Brigid's Place at Christ Church Cathedral, Foundation for Contemporary Theology, Covenant Baptist Church, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Rice University, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research, The Church Without Walls, Texas Freedom Network, Fe y Justicia Worker Center, Texas AFL-CIO, Workers Defense Project, Texas Organizing Project, North Texas Jobs with Justice

PRESENTERS

The Rev. Ralph West, Sr. Pastor, The Church Without Walls (Brookhollow Baptist Church, Houston, TX)

Amy-Jill Levine, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Dept. of Religious Studies and Graduate Dept. of Religion

John Dominic Crossan, Professor Emeritus, DePaul University, Historical Jesus Scholar and Author

Joerg Rieger, Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology, Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University

Keri Day, Assistant Professor of Theological and Social Ethics and Director of Black Church Studies Program at Brite Divinity School

Robin Meyers, Tenured Professor in the Philosophy Dept. at Oklahoma City Univeresity, Author, and syndicated columnist, Pastor of Mayflower UCC Church, Oklahoma City, OK

Sissy Farenthold, American Politician, Attorney, Activist, and Educator, Houston, TX

Peter Laarman, Justice Not Jails, UCC clergy

Annette Lareau, The Gray/Wawro Lectures Presents, "Class, Race & Childrearing - Unequal Childhoods and Unequal Adulthoods," Stanley I. Sheerr Professor of the Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

Ryan Valentine, Texas Freedom Network

Martha Ojeda, Associate Director, Faith and Justice (Fe y Justicia) Worker Center, Houston, TX

Rosemary Hennessy, Professor of English L. H. Favrot, Professor of Humanities Director, Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Rice University

Steve Wells, Senior Minister, South Main Baptist Church

Christina Tzintzun, Director of the Workers Defense Project, Houston, TX

Ginny Goldman, Executive Director, Texas Organizing Project, Houston, TX

Stephen L. Klineberg, Professor of Sociology, Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Dept. of Sociology, Rice University

Diana Strassmann, Director of Program on Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities, Founding Editor of Feminine Economics, Carolyn and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Humanities, Rice University

Rosemarie Rieger, Co-Organizer for The North Texas Jobs With Justice, Dallas, TX

Richard Shaw, Secretary-Treasurer, Harris County AFL-CIO, Houston, TX

Sherry Merfish, Attorney & Activist

Muffie Moroney, Attorney & Activist

Becky Moeller, President, Texas AFL-CIO

Terri Burke, Executive Director, ACLU of Texas

Jeremy Everett, Director, Texas Hunger Initiative, Baylor University School of Social Work


SCHEDULE

HOUSTON:Confronting Poverty From the Heart of Faith
"A three-day organizing event to unite religious progressives, academics and justice activists to act in solidarity to promote economic justice."

THURSDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 18
South Main Baptist Church
4100 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Press Conference

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Welcome & Introductions
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Opening Plenary
Pastor Ralph Douglas West
Senior Pastor/Founder, The Church Without Walls

12:15 PM - 01:45 PM Lunch and Discussion with Presenters and Partnering Organization Representatives

Book Store provided by Blue Willow Bookshop / Book Signing
South Main Baptist Church

THURSDAY AFTERNOON, SEPTEMBER 18
South Main Baptist Church

01:45 PM - 03:15 PM
Plenary #2 / Panel, Houston As Microcosm
Moderator: Sherry Merfish, Attorney, Activist
Panelists:
Stephen Klineberg,  Director, Kinder Institute, Rice University
Ralph West, Pastor, Church Without Walls
Jeremy Everett, Founding Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative
Sissy Farenthold, American Politician, attorney, activist and educator

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Plenary #3 / Poverty:  From Diagnosis to Systemic Change
Moderator: Muffie Moroney, Attorney, Activist
Panelists:
Diana Strassman, Director, Program on Poverty, McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Humanities, Rice University
Joerg Rieger, Wendland Cook Professor of Constructive Theology, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
Rosemary Hennessy, The Center for Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality, Rice University

THURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 18
South Main Baptist Church - FREE and Open To the Public
06:30 PM -- 08:30 PM

Plenary #4
The Gray/Wawro Lectures in Gender, Health and Well-Being,
& The Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality, Rice University, PRESENT
Annette Lareau
Stanley I. Sheerr Professor in the Social Sciences
University of Pennsylvania
"Class, Race and Childrearing:
Unequal Childhoods and Unequal Adulthoods"

Host:  Sherry Merfish / Welcome & Introduction
Moderator: Rosemary Hennessy
Respondents: Martha Ojeda, Associate Director, Fe y Justicia Worker Center
Terri Burke, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas

Book Store provided by Blue Willow Bookshop

FRIDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 19
South Main Baptist Church
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Plenary #5 / Panel, Open Wide Thy Hand: What Does Prophetic Religion Have to Say About the Current Crisis
Moderator:  Peter Laarman, Justice Not Jails, UCC clergy
Panelists:
Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt
Joerg Rieger, Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Activist
Kerry Day, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics and Director of Black Church Studies Program, Brite Divinity School
John Dominic Crossan, Professor Emeritus, DePaul University, historical Jesus scholar and author
Robin Meyers, Professor of Social Justice, Oklahoma City University and Pastor, Mayflower UCC Church

11:30 AM - 01:45 PM Lunch and Discussion with Presenters and Partnering Organization Representatives

Book Store provided by Blue Willow Bookshop / Book Signing
South Main Baptist Church

FRIDAY AFTERNOON, SEPTEMBER 19
South Main Baptist Church
01:45 PM - 03:15 PM
Plenary Panel #6, The Congregational Challenge: How Congregations Can Empower Members to Become Effective Advocates.
Moderator: Steve Wells, Senior Minister, South Main Baptist
Church
Panelists:
Kerry Day, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics and Director of Black Church Studies Program, Brite Divinity School
Joerg Rieger, Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Activist
John Dominic Crossan, Professor Emeritus, DePaul University, historical Jesus scholar and author
Robin Meyers, Professor of Social Justice, Oklahoma City University and Pastor, Mayflower UCC Church

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Plenary Panel #7, How religious progressives and secular justice activists can work most effectively together.
Moderator: Peter Laarman, Justice Not Jails, UCC clergy Panelists:
Ryan Valentine, Texas Freedom Network;
Martha Ojeda, Associate Director,  Fe y Justicia Worker Center,
Joerg Rieger, Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Activist
Ginny Goldman, Executive Director, Texas Organizing Project
Steve Wells, Senior Minister, South Main Baptist Church

FRIDAY EVENING AND SATURDAY MORNING
September 19 and September 20
Congreation Beth Israel
5600 North Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096
06:30 PM -- 07:30 PM
09:00 AM -- 11:00 AM

SPECIAL APPEARENCE
Amy-Jill Levine,
University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt


SATURDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 20
South Main Baptist Church
4100 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
10:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Plenary Panel #8 Bringing It All Together: Building Community Power
Moderator:
Joerg Rieger, Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Activist
Panelists:
Laura Perez Boston, Executive Director, Fey y Justicia Workers Center;
Cristina Tzintzun,  Workers Defense Project;
Rosemarie Rieger, Organizer North Texas Jobs With Justice; Richard Shaw, Secretary Treasurer, Harris County, AFL-CIO;
Becky Moeller, President, Texas AFL-CIO

Adjourn

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South Main Baptist Church (View)
4100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
United States


Categories

Education > Other
Other > Spiritual

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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