“Views and Brews” on Healthcare Reimagined For a Changing Austin

Date: July 26, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm  to  7:00 pm

Mini Kahlon, Vice Dean of the Dell Medical School, will address how a medical school can focus on the health of a community rather than just treating the sick, discussing lessons from international models of healthcare and the role of entrepreneurial projects in creating new healthcare strategies with host Rebecca McInroy.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. The program is free but with limited seating. First come, first seated. More information on Facebook.

Location: Cactus Café, Texas Union, University of Texas

Worker Cooperative National Conference

Date: July 29, 2016
Time: 8:00 am  to  6:00 pm

The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Democracy at Work Institute will co-sponsor the Worker Cooperative National Conference in Austin this summer. Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American, an organization that uses the power of stories to transcend politics and shift the conversation around immigration and identity, will keynote the conference.

Registration is open online.

Location: Thompson Conference Center, University of Texas, 2405 East Campus Drive, Austin

“Coming to Voice” Workshop on Women in Religion

Date: July 29, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

The Women Ministers’ Empowerment Network (WMEN), a progressive ministerial alliance in the Austin area, is planning the “Coming to Voice” Conference in collaboration with WomanPreach!, a national group that nurtures female preachers and promotes Womanist/Feminist concerns for justice. In plenary sessions, workshops, and small group discussions over two days, the group will foster dialogue on issues specific to women of color in ministry, part of an ongoing project to build ministerial relationships for women of color for training, encouragement, and support. The program will also be valuable for others concerned about social justice and equity in religious organizations.

Dr. Margaret Aymer will serve as the workshop’s Wisdom Conversation Partner. Aymer, an Associate Professor at Austin Seminary, has worked at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta and is active in the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion. She is the author of James: Diaspora Rhetorics of a Friend of God and First Pure, then Peaceable: Frederick Douglass, Darkness and the Epistle of James.

Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman will serve as Lead Facilitator. Bridgeman is a Visiting Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School in Ohio and president and CEO of WomanPreach!, which is committed to training women called to preach who emerge from churches and academic institutions that can be insensitive or inhospitable to their vocation and voice. She is co-editor of Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection and The Africana Worship Book.

The event is open to everyone interested in these issues, clergy and the public, and there is a fee. Registration online.

Location: University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe, Austin, 78705

5K Run for Palestine

Date: August 13, 2016
Time: 9:00 pm  to  12:00 pm

The Reach Education Fund and Austin’s Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights are sponsoring a family-friendly community 5K walk/run benefiting college students in Palestine. Reach Education Fund, a Houston-based nonprofit, provided university scholarships to 100 students in Palestine last year.

The event starts at 9 am, with the run at 10 am with two loops around Creek Trail starting and ending at Virg Rabb Pavillion at Old Settlers Park. The $35 registration fee can be paid online. More information on Facebook or contact, (512) 585-8184.

Location: Old Settlers Park, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, 78665