Compassion, justice focus on fall faith forum

Compassion and justice is the focus of Compassion Action Network’s fall faith forum Thursday, Nov. 8, 8 to 11 a.m., at Constance Free Church, Andover.

The forum will explore compassion and justice as driving forces in the Anoka County community.

The event kicks off at 8 a.m. with registration and resource tables followed by a welcome and opening prayer at 8:30 a.m.

Guest speakers Kathy Tomlin, vice president of social justice for Catholic Charities, and Patty Wilder, a non-profit consultant, will present “Renewing Our Community: Compassion and Justice” at 8:40 a.m.

According to the Compassion Action Network website, Tomlin and Wilder will talk about the concepts and practice of compassion and justice, as well as discuss the power of compassion and justice in everyday lives.

Participants will learn from Tomlin and Wilder some ways compassion is revealed, for example, relief, rehabilitation and development, and what it takes to sustain a community of passion.

In addition, attendees will learn techniques that help to increase compassion and will be given resources to encourage further study and the practice of compassion and advocacy for justice, the website states.

Following the presentation, there will be speed networking and resource tables at 10:15 a.m. followed by a community video, “Faith in Action” screened at 10:30 a.m.

Concluding remarks will be given at 10:45 a.m. followed by a chance to visit with Tomlin and Wilder.

According to the website, the program is designed to:

• Inform participants about local acts of compassion currently taking place.

• Inspire Anoka County to be a more compassionate community.

• Encourage participants to collaborate by joining programs already in place.

Faith communities are invited to bring materials about their community outreach activities that are available to the general public.

There is a group discount of $50 for a table of six. Individual attendance fee is $10 in advance; $15 at the door.

To register, go the Compassion Action Network website at compassionnet-mn-com under the Faith Forums dropdown.

The Compassion Action Network is a collaborative effort of the Anoka County Human Services Division, faith communities and non-profit organizations working together to help individuals discover the value of their own gifts when connected with the gifts of others and the power of this linkage in meeting the communities’ needs, the website states.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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