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Keynote speakers join Presiding Bishop at Episcopal Church Conference on Domestic Poverty

March 22, 2010

Two leaders in the field of poverty alleviation will join Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as keynote presenters at a special conference focusing on The Episcopal Church"s response to the pervasive issue of Domestic Poverty, Called to Serve: The Episcopal Church Responds to Domestic Poverty.

The groundbreaking conference will provide an in-depth exploration of the nature of domestic poverty and the Church"s role in addressing this ubiquitous national issue on Wednesday to Friday, April 28 – 30 in Newark, NJ.

Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori, in her Wednesday address "Called to Serve – How can we respond to domestic poverty?" will map out the steps and points needed to work together on domestic poverty.

Chuck Fluharty, founder of the Rural Policy Research Institute, will speak about Poverty Alleviation & Rural/Urban Partnerships on Thursday in his address "Poverty, Place, and Public Policy: Rethinking the Rural/Urban Dialectic."

"A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough" will be presented by nationally renowned author, therapist, and minister Wayne Muller, and will include insights from his recent book of the same name.

Other speakers include Kristen Lewis presenting "The American Human Development Project Report, The Measure of America." Also, a culturally diverse panel discussion will be offered focusing on the affects of poverty on identity.

Debut of Documentary

On Wednesday, The Episcopal Church will debut a groundbreaking documentary on domestic poverty, produced by the Office of Communication. The film will focus on the remarkable work of Jubilee Park in Dallas, TX, which provides an array of services, from job training to voter registration and food services, to Dallas residents living below the poverty level.

Schedule and info

For complete schedule and registration information:

For more info contact the Rev. Christopher A. Johnson, Jubilee Officer for The Episcopal Church,

Called to Serve: The Episcopal Church Responds to Domestic Poverty is supported by Jubilee Ministries, Episcopal Community Services in America, and National Episcopal Health Ministries.

Domestic Poverty was named a major focus of the Church"s ministry and mission at last summer"s General Convention of The Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ in 109 dioceses and three regional areas in 16 nations. The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Called to Serve: The Episcopal Church Responds to Domestic Poverty:

The Episcopal Church Jubilee Ministries

Episcopal Community Services in America

National Episcopal Health Ministries

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Episcopal Diocese of Newark

Trinity and St. Philip"s Cathedral

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Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer