Our Daily Bread: Faith, Work & the Economy – the 2011 Earl Lectures, featuring keynote speaker Prof. Robert Reich – will be Jan. 25-27, 2011.
"It's shaping up to be very exciting," writes Laurie Isenberg, Director of Community and Continuing Education for Pacific School of Religion, which sponsors the Earl Lectures.
"The topic is right on time – Faith, Work, and Economic Justice … [and] the speakers are great," she says.
Reich is UC Berkeley professor of public policy and has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. His latest book is Aftershock: the Next Economy and America's Future.
Other presenters include Kim Bobo, executive director of the Chicago-based Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ); Islamic scholar Hamza Yusuf, co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley; Yvette Flunder, founder and senior pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco; and Alexia Salvatierra, executive director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE).
Isenberg notes that there is a shift in the approach to the workshops this year, too. A small number of organizations working in the area of economic justice have been invited to present focused, hands-on workshops with lessons for folks to take home to their own communities.
"Methodists working in areas of faith and justice will find the whole conference relevant and inspiring!" she says.