Houston: Confronting Poverty From the Heart of Faith

Houston: Confronting Poverty From the Heart of Faith

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A three-day organizing event to unite religious progressives, academics, and justice activists to act in solidarity to promote economic justice. 

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!

Presenters:

Pastor Ralph Douglas West Senior Pastor / Founder, The Church Without Walls
Amy-Jill Levine Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Department of Religious Studies, and Graduate Department 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, Southern Methodist University, scholar and author
Keri Day Assistant Professor of Theological and Social Ethics and Director of Black Church Studies Program, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University
Robin Meyers Senior minister at Mayflower Congregational UCC Church & Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, Oklahoma City University 
Peter Laarman Former director, Progressive Christians Uniting; Justice activist and strategist
Annette Lareau The Gray/Wawro Lectures presents "Class, Race and Childrearing – Unequal Childhoods and Unequal Adulthoods" Stanley I. Sheerr Professor of the Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
Ryan Valentine Deputy Director, Texas Freedom Network
Martha Ojeda Associate Director, Fe y Justicia Worker Center, Houston
Rosemary Hennessy Professor of English L.H. Favrot Professor of Humanities Director, Center for the Study of Women Gender, and Sexuality (CSWGS), Rice University. 
Brett Merfish Staff Attorney for Texas Appleseed
Cristina Tzintzun Director, Workers Defense Project
Ginny Goldman Executive Director, Texas Organizing Project
Stephen L. Klineberg Professor of Sociology, Co-Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Department of Sociology, Rice University.
Diana Strassmann Director of the Program in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities; Founding Editor,Feminist Economics, Carolyn and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice, Rice University.
Rosemarie Rieger Organizer, North Texas Jobs with Justice
Sissy Farenthold American Politician, Attorney, Activist and Educator
Muffie Moroney Attorney, Activist
Sherry Merfish Attorney, Activist
Richard Shaw Secretary-Treasurer Harris County, AFL-CIO
Laura Perez Boston Executive Director, Fe y Justicia Worker Center, Houston
Becky Moeller President, Texas AFL-CIO  

Rev. Steve Wells Pastor, South Main Baptist Church, Houston  

Terri Burke Executive Director, ACLU of Texas

Seminar Schedule

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 & ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVES

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, Founding Director, Kinder Institute, Rice University
Sissy Farenthold, American Politician, attorney, activist and educator
Ralph West, Pastor, Church Without Walls

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM Plenary #3 / Panel
Poverty-From Diagnosis to Systemic Change
Moderator: Muffie Moroney, Attorney, Activist
Panelists:
Diana Strassmann, Director of the Program in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities; Founding Editor, Feminist Economics, Carolyn and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice, Rice University
Laura Perez Boston, Executive Director, Fe y Justicia Worker Center
Rosemary Hennessy, The Center for Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality, Rice University
Joerg Rieger, Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist 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

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 to 1:45 Lunch and Discussion with PRESENTERS & ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVES

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
Jeremy Everett, Founding Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative

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
Congregation Beth Israel
SPECIAL APPEARANCE
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
5600 North Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096
06:30 PM—07:30 PM
09:45 AM—11:00 AM

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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Houston, Texas 77030
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September 18, 19, & 20, 2014

Houston, TX

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