Kansas Interfaith Action is pleased to invite you to join us for our 2018 Annual Event, to take place on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm at First Christian Church, 1880 SW Gage Blvd, Topeka, KS 66604.Our keynote speaker this year will be Rev. Kristin Stoneking. She serves as pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church in Berkeley, California, and for four years was Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation, the nation's oldest interfaith peace and justice organization. Rev. Kristin is a native of Kansas City, KS, so she has a lot of knowledge both of our political context and the faith-based justice work we do. For her full bio see below.
Dinner and program begin at 6:30 p.m. A meet-and-greet with advanced donors with Rev. Kristin will begin at 5:45.
We will be holding a meet-and-greet with Rev. Kristin in Johnson County on Thursday, May 9 - details to follow.
If you are unable to attend, but wish to support the work of Kansas Interfaith Action with a tax-deductible donation, please click here.
Rev. Kristin Gill Stoneking is senior pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church in Berkeley, California. She has deep experience in social justice and multifaith leadership in a variety of settings.
Most recently, Kristin finished a four-year term as executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (forusa.org), the nation’s oldest interfaith peace and justice organization, which includes over 60 local chapters and affiliates across the country. There she led FOR’s engagement in the Movement for Black Lives, advocacy on behalf of Syrian refugees and in support of rights and justice for Palestinians, and guided the organization through its Centennial.
Prior to FOR, Kristin served for 14 years as executive director and pastor of the ecumenical campus ministry at UC Davis, the Cal Aggie Christian Association. There she founded the Multifaith Living Community (MLC), a $1.2 million development of townhouses housing 42 university students from a number of faith backgrounds. The MLC supports the coming together of diverse students to explore spirituality, peace, social justice and sustainable living. During her tenure in Davis, the historic organization clarified and focused its mission, and grew multifold in staff and budget.
A vocal advocate for the Occupy/Decolonize movement, Kristin mediated a tense situation just after the infamous UC Davis pepper-spraying of some of the 300 activists who had joined the Occupy Davis protest. Kristin worked with student staff, administrators and police to de-escalate the situation, culminating in what is now known as the “Walk of Silence.” When video footage of the situation “went viral” on the Internet, she used the opportunity to widely promote the message of disciplined, principled nonviolent action.
Kristin is a native of the Midwest and has pastored United Methodist churches in Lawrence, Kansas and Chicago, where she started programs to curb gang and gun violence, offer summer lunches and afterschool activities for children, and grief groups for children who had experienced the loss of a parent.
As a lesbian ordained in the UM Church, Kristin has long been involved in the struggle for full inclusion within the denomination. She interned with the Reconciling Ministries Network while in seminary, was a core organizer of the “Calledout” action in which over 100 clergy came out to the denomination in May 2016, and is one of the founding leaders of the UM Queer Clergy Caucus.
Kristin is a native of Kansas City, Kansas, and a graduate of Rice University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, the United Methodist Seminary at Northwestern University where she met her wife, Elizabeth, 25 years ago. She is a former Fellow of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University and is at work on a Ph.D. at the Graduate Theological Union focusing on interreligious studies and nonviolence education. Kristin and Elizabeth have two children.
1880 SW Gage Blvd
Topeka, KS 66604
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