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Push Back Poverty with Faith and Action

by Christian Theological Seminary

Thu, April 26, 2018

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

100 West 86th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46260

Faith & Action’s Spring Conference focuses on sharing successes, accelerating progress and disrupting poverty’s growth

Across Central Indiana, a wide array of people and groups are doing good work to turn back the tide of poverty. Far too often, though, that good work is under-resourced, performed in silos, or delivered in doses too concentrated to make a broad difference.

The Faith & Action Project’s Spring Conference brings together people and organizations making progress against poverty so they can share their ideas and collaborate for impact.

By attending the conference, you’ll join people of all faith communities and backgrounds to seek lasting solutions to the poverty that affects far too many people in Central Indiana. Together, we can increase the pace of our fight against poverty, and transform our community and the people who live in it.

You’ll also get details about the Faith & Action grant application process, which will provide funds to the most promising programs in Indianapolis that, with additional resources, can be replicated or otherwise accelerated.

So gather friends, fellow worshippers in your faith community, peers in your service organizations, colleagues in your work and more, and bring them to the Faith & Action Project’s Spring Conference.

Christian Theological Seminary, with support from the Mike and Sue Smith Family Fund and Lumina Foundation, is facilitating the Faith & Action Project to inspire collaboration among individuals, faith communities, nonprofits and government agencies to reduce area poverty.

For more information on the Faith & Action Project go to

Please note Attendance at the Spring Conference is a prerequisite for organizations who wish to apply for a Faith & Action grant.

Conference Agenda (subject to change):

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Gathering Music

9:00 a.m. Solo

Matt Hays

9:04 a.m. Welcome

William B. Kincaid, Christian Theological Seminary

Keynote Session

Elizabeth Hinton

Moderated discussion with Don Knebel, Barnes and Thornburg

10:25 a.m. Effective Processes

Panel with Andrew Green, Shepherd Community Center; Angela Carr Klitzsch, EmployIndy; and Kameelah Shaheed-Diallo, The Mind Trust

11:00 a.m. Morning Refreshments

11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions (Pick One)

Breakout #1: Employment

• Moderator: Angie Carr Klitzsch, Employ Indy

• Presenters: Kris Deckard, Goodwill; James Taylor, John H. Boner Center

Breakout #2: Education

• Moderator: Kameelah Shaheed-Diallo, The Mind Trust

• Presenters: Jeff Hoover, Excel Centers; Seana Murphy, Early Learning Indiana; Mariama Carson, Global Preparatory Academy

Breakout #3: Navigation

• Moderator: Keith Carlson, Grace Church

• Presenters: Andrew Green, Shepherd Community Center; Dennis Bland, Center for Leadership Development

12:00 a.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Personal Testimonial, Valerie Davis

1:10 p.m. Effective Removal of Barriers

Panel with Jim McClelland, Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement for the State of Indiana; Greg Keesling, Recycle Force; Pastor Anthony Murdock, Eastern Star Church

1:40 p.m. Move to Breakout Sessions (Pick One)

1:50 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Breakout #4: Mental Health & Addiction

• Moderator: Claire Fiddian-Green, Fairbanks Foundation

• Presenters: Jim McClelland, State of Indiana; Dr. Emily Zarse, Eskenazi Health

Breakout #5: Re-entry

• Moderator: Lena Hackett, Marion County Re-Entry Coalition

• Presenters: Gregg Keesling, RecycleForce; Rhiannon Edwards, PACE (Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry)

Breakout #6: Housing

• Moderator: Moira Carlstedt, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Project (INHP)

• Presenters: Pastor Anthony Murdock, Eastern Star Church; Jeff Bennett, Mayor Hogsett’s Office

2:35 p.m Afternoon Refreshments available; Move to next Breakout Sessions

2:40 p.m. Elements of Effective Execution

Breakout Sessions (Pick One)

Breakout #7: Effective Data

• Moderator and Presenters to be announced soon

• Presenter: Kathy Davis; Sharon Kandris, SAVI

Breakout #8: Effective Connections

Moderator: Kiko Suarez, United Way

Presenters: Tysha Hardy-Sellers, Edna Martin Christian Center; Tedd Grain, LISC; David Palmer, Purposeful Design

3:40 p.m. Move to Robertson Chapel for closing keynote

3:45 p.m. Rev. Liz Theoharis

4:20 p.m. Willie Baptist

4:50 Closing remarks

5:00 p.m. Grant information Session

Fellowship Hall

All organizations planning to apply for a Faith & Action Project grant are required to attend a 15-minute information session.”

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