OUR NEXT PROGRAM
February 4, 2015 — Dinner: Can Ferguson Happen in Tacoma?
After a grand jury returned no indictment on the November 24 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, riots arose and a community found themselves unprepared for its riotous aftermath.
Join our panel of local law enforcement, ACLU representative, and legal expert in exploring what caused the reactive situation in Ferguson.
Lyle Quasim -Community Activist
Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist
Tacoma Chief of Police Ramsdell
Then, hear if Tacoma is prepared for similar events to that of Ferguson.
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February 18, 2015 — Lunch: When faith and the secular collide
The City Club of Tacoma invites you to explore the question of what happens when faith and the secular collide. The program will examine the educational, political and business challenges as the new "normal" evolves. How do we differentiate between what is secular and what is religious? What is our governments role? When are the individual business owners rights are infringed upon? Should a florist be allowed not to give their services to a same sex
Our panelists, thus far, are:
Chris Morton, the Executive Director of Associated Ministries, the association of more that 630 churches in Greater Pierce County located in Pierce County. Since coming to Tacoma-Pierce County in 2009, Rev. Morton as assisted four previous programs to become a self-sustaining not-for-profit organizations: hosted a Prosperity Round Table and a Foreclosure Round Table, a countywide centralized intake initiative called Access Point 4 Housing as well Outreach to Youth Experiencing Homelessness. Rev. Morton has a undergraduate decree in interpersonal communications from Ohio University and a Master of Divinity degree fro Lexington Theological Seminary.
Reverend David Brown, the minister of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Tacoma for the past ten years where he has served as a consultant with Comprehensive Health Education Foundation. He also served as staff to the National Council of Churches committee on Public Education and Literacy. He was one of the authors of the policy statement adopted by the Presbyterial Church on Public Education. Rev. Brown is the creator of Blues Vespers, a monthly music and poetry gathering at Immanuel. He works with the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma. He is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and Whitworth College.