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 18South 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 Walls12:15 PM - 01:45 PM Lunch and Discussion with PRESENTERS & ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVESTHURSDAY AFTERNOON, SEPTEMBER 18South Main Baptist Church 01:45 PM - 03:15 PM Plenary #2 / PanelHouston As MicrocosmModerator: 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 / PanelPoverty-From Diagnosis to Systemic ChangeModerator: 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 UniversityTHURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 18South 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 TexasFRIDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 19South Main Baptist Church 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Plenary #5 / PanelOpen Wide Thy Hand: What Does Prophetic Religion Have to Say About the Current CrisisModerator: 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 Church11:30 to 1:45 Lunch and Discussion with PRESENTERS & ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVESFRIDAY AFTERNOON, SEPTEMBER 19South Main Baptist Church 01:45 PM - 03:15 PM Plenary Panel #6The 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 #7How religious progressives and secular justice activists can work most effectively togetherModerator: 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 ChurchFRIDAY EVENING AND SATURDAY MORNINGCongregation Beth IsraelSPECIAL APPEARANCEAmy-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 AMSATURDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 20South Main Baptist Church4100 Main St, Houston, TX 77002 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM Plenary Panel #8Bringing It All Together: Building Community PowerModerator: 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-CIOAdjournFor hotel accommodations, FaithandReason® has a block of rooms reserved at:Courtyard by Marriott Houston Medical Center 7702 S Main St. Houston, Texas 77030 Direct Line: 832-214-6202 Folks should refer to FaithandReason event.

September 18, 19, & 20, 2014

Houston, TX

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