The public is invited to “Standing Up, Speaking Out: Social Activism,” a free forum 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St.

People often get very comfortable in the insular bubble of their faith tradition and avoid controversy at all costs. But many faiths today are speaking out when it comes to topics of social injustice. Some faiths see it as an obligation to promote social causes and overcome inequities in order to improve society for the betterment of all.

The forum will feature guest panelists who take an active stand in these matters, including: Rev. Dr. Kelly Bender, United Methodist and currently a pastor at UMOM New Day Centers homeless shelters; Lisa Glow, A Mission of Mercy; Timothy Schmaltz, Progressive Catholic; Dr. Aneesah Nadir, Muslim; and Emrys Staton, Unitarian, an intern pastor at Paradise Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. The moderator is Rev. Dr. Mitzi Lynton.

The panelists will speak for 8-10 minutes, followed by Q & A. The program is free and open to the public; bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy if you choose. Ample free parking is located next to the building. Visit and click on the September calendar for more information.


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