Our Daily Bread: Faith, Work, and the Economy

Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference: January 25-27, 2011


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Earl graphic 2011“Not one sparrow is forgotten,” goes the Shaker hymn, drawn from the Gospel of Luke. But with home foreclosures, unemployment, and long lines at food banks, many are feeling forgotten as they struggle to earn their daily bread. In these hard economic times, it is important to reflect on economic justice and our role in creating economic and spiritual abundance. How can we help care for each of God’s sparrows?

The 110th Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference, Our Daily Bread: Faith, Work, and the Economy, will bring together religious and secular leaders to teach, preach, and strategize about issues of economic justice. We will seek to answer tough questions: How can an understanding of the economy help people of faith and goodwill advocate for change? What can we do together in difficult times to improve lives and empower futures?

Join this year's lecturers Robert Reich, UC Berkeley professor of public policy, Islamic scholar Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Kim Bobo, executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice; preachers Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, executive director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, and Bishop Yvette Flunder, founder and senior pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ; and other speakers, and workshop presenters, as we strive to live out the Gospel message to care for “the least of these."

Registration for the Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference allows participants to take advantage not only of the free keynote lectures but also of a full slate of workshops linking faith to economic justice and practice. This year’s workshops are salient and critically useful. PSR has invited individuals and non-profits working in the field of economic justice to lead intensive trainings in one or two afternoons. Attendees at this year's workshops will spend more time and go more deeply into their topics of choice, and will walk away at the end of the day with specific tools and techniques to bring back to their communities. By emphasizing the real-life applications of their work, workshop leaders will leave participants with meaningful, productive tools they can immediately put into practice.

The Earl Lectures are free and open to the public. If you wish to attend the Lectures only, and no workshops, meals, or events, there is no need to register. Registration for the Leadership Conference workshops is $150. For more details, see here.

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