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Late September Weber Programs to Focus on Farm Labor, Theology, and the Cosmos

September 13, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – The public is cordially invited to attend two special programs that Weber Center will host toward the end of September. 

Baldemar Velasquez, founder and President of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) will speak on his work organizing migrant farm workers as FLOC celebrates 50 years of social justice work. 

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Mr. Velasquez’s presentation, “Celebrating 50 Years of Struggle: The Story of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee,” will be on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at Weber Center. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments, followed by the presentation from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. 

During the evening, Mr. Velasquez will share the amazing story of how migrant farm workers gained a voice and participation in collective bargaining. Growing up in a migrant farmworker family based in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, he experienced first-hand the life of migrant workers. He was the first college graduate in his family, earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1969 from Bluffton College (now University) in Bluffton, Ohio. 

Mr. Velasquez founded FLOC in 1967 in response to the injustices that migrant farm workers faced. FLOC was the first union to be involved in collective bargaining agreements with several parties and is still heavily involved in organizing labor negotiations to bring just living conditions to farm workers. This presentation is free, and no registration is required.

Theologian John F. Haught, a Distinguished Research Professor at Georgetown University, will discuss the ways in which humanity’s new understanding of the cosmos casts light on our new understanding of God, our religion, and our religious traditions.

Dr. Haught’s presentation, “Faith and Theology for an Unfinished Universe,” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Weber Center. The $45 cost includes lunch.

Dr. Haught specializes in systematic theology, particularly on the issues of science, cosmology, evolution, ecology, and religion. He focuses on a vision of reality that provides room for both scientific inquiry and a biblical understanding of God.

Registration for “Faith and Theology for an Unfinished Universe” is required. To register, call Weber Center at 517-266-4000 or register online at www.webercenter.org/Registration.aspx. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration.

Weber Center hosts a variety of programs. See the list of upcoming programs

Weber Center is located on the grounds of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse campus, East of Siena Heights University.

For more information, call Weber Center at 517-266-4000.


 


Changing Lives in the Here and Now

July 21, 2016, Adrian, Michigan – Sister Esther Kennedy, OP, retreat leader and spiritual director, believes in finding yourself in the here and now. For the past several years, Sister Esther hosts monthly days of contemplative prayer, focusing on meditation and mindfulness practice. Tracing its roots to Buddhism, mindfulness is the process of bringing attention to the present moment. Hosted at Weber Retreat and Conference Center, the half-day programs emphasize mindful breathing, meditation, and simple chants to help participants learn to cope with everyday stress. To learn more, read The Daily Telegram article by Arlene Bachanov or check out Weber Retreat and Conference Center’s list of programs


 

 

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