Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Free training this Sunday to teach how to take Kansas back from the religious right

Mainstream Voices of Faith – an organization of moderate and progressive clergy and religious lay people – is holding a free Take Action Workshop Sunday afternoon in Johnson County.

The event is set for 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 11, at Colonial Church, 7039 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, Kan.

The workshop schedule includes sessions on science and religion, peace, human dignity, the economy and practical strategies for clergy and lay leaders.

Here are details on the sessions and presenters.

Peace and Common Security
Ira Harritt, Program Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee
Councilwoman Saundra McFadden-Weaver, Pastor Community Fellowship Church of Jesus Christ

Human Dignity
Rabbi Mark Levin, Temple Beth Torah, Overland Park, Kan.
Rev. Dr. Fran Manson, United Methodist clergy, retired and Community Activist

Science and Religion
Dr. Barbara Lukert, KU Medical Center Endocrinologist
Rev. John Tamilio III, Senior Pastor Colonial Church in Prairie Village, KS

Moral Economy
Susan Letizia, Citizen Hunger and Poverty, MORE2, MO Association For Social Welfare
Rev. Spencer Barrett, Co-chair, Kansas City Interfaith Worker Justice, MO, Pastor Bethel AME Church

Kathy Cook, Executive Director of Kansas Families for Public Education
Rep. Craig C. Bland, Representative MO District 43

For Lay Leaders: Strategies to educate, motivate and impact public policy
Lori Messinger, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare, KU

For Clergy: Strategies to educate, motivate and impact public policy
Bob Harder, United Methodist Minister, Advocate for the Kansas Area United Methodist Church and active with the Kansas Big Tent Coalition

Mainstream Voices of Faith is affiliated with the MAINstream Coalition. You can register for the training at the coalition’s web site. You can also register by calling the coalition’s office 913.649.3326.

By registering, you help Voices of Faith know how many people to expect, but registration is not required.

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