Speaking Out on Moral Values: Setting Priorities That Really Matter - Birgit Van Hout, Community Tampa Bay and Rev. Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley, UU Church, Tampa w/ Mary & Arlene, Women's Show

05/06/06

“Our goal is to encourage progressive faith communities and organizations to transform the discussion of moral values from mean-spirited attacks on certain individuals to a conversation based on fundamental American values of justice, equality and compassion,� said Russell Patterson, lead organizer for the Defending Democracy Project, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa. We will discuss the topic with two of the speakers. Betsy Davis of WOMEN also joined the discussion.

Birgit Van Hout, executive director of Community Tampa Bay. She served with the United Nations Human Rights office on international missions to support peacekeeping, refugee relocation and democratic elections. Van Hout will speak about how she believes that protection of human rights should guide moral values, and point out how the United States is one of the few countries that has failed to ratify international human rights treaties.

Rev. Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley, minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa. She is editor of Soul Work: Anti-Racist Theologies in Dialogue and will provide the opening words at the Moral Values forum. “We believe that for too long, the far political right has misused faith and religion to divide, rather than unite, society and to justify assaults on human rights and civil liberties, destruction of the environment, war and militarism and reductions in services for the poor and disadvantaged.�

For more information, call 813-849-3919. The event will be Tuesday, May 9, 7 – 9 p.m. at the Comfort Inn Conference Center, 820 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa. Donna Brazile will be the keynote speaker.

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