“Humanizing Homelessness” Pub Theology with SA Street Outreach Leaders Valerie Salas, Morgan Handley.The main goal of street outreach specialists is to offer compassionate care to unhoused and marginalized neighbors while providing them with preventive services, programing and case management. Come learn more about the new ways San Antonio is approaching street outreach and how you can get involved in creating the common good.Pub Theology is a dialogue group that meets to discuss faith, our community and creating the common good. All perspectives welcome. Hosted by Pastor Gavin Rogers and other community leaders.
AUTHOR JEN HATMAKER, KIMIYA DENISE AND DR. DORIAN WILLIAMS WILL DISCUSS THE POWER OF LISTENING WHILE SUPPORTING RACIAL RECONCILIATION.
DreamWeek & Pub Theology Panel with Author Jen Hatmaker, Activist Kimiya Denise, and Rev. Dorian Williams. Hosts: Pastor Gavin Rogers & Bekah McNeel & Alex Bailey with Black Outside.Racial reconciliation is a matter of life or death in our nation and across the world; we can no longer accept the status quo and continue to divide and tacitly limit voices that have been marginalized and silenced in the past. We need to relearn how to listen and understand the invisible systems that support inequalities, create suffering, and deny human rights. Rather, we need to have an open dialogue—a process that starts with listening.
Pub Theology is a weekly dialogue group that meets to discuss faith, our community and creating the common good.
About Author Jen Hatmaker: Jen Hatmaker is the author of New York Times bestsellers For the Love and Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire, along with twelve other books. In addition to starring in the popular series My Big Family Renovation on HGTV, Jen also hosts the award-winning For the Love podcast, is the delighted curator of the Jen Hatmaker Book Club, and leader of a tightly knit online community where she reaches millions of people each week. Jen is a co-founder of Legacy Collective, a giving community that grants millions of dollars toward sustainable projects around the world. She is a mom to five kids and lives happily just outside Austin, Texas in a 1908 farmhouse with questionable plumbing. To learn more about Jen, visit www.jenhatmaker.com
About Dr. Dorian Williams: Dorian was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. After a short collegiate track career at UTSA where he was an all-conference track performer, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and received his commission as the Air Force’s first black Aerospace Physiologist. Doctor Williams is currently the CEO/founder of ReachSA, Senior Pastor/founder at Texas Christian Fellowship-SA, Presiding Bishop/founder of UCMA, and Senior Manager of Learning and Development for the San Antonio Area Foundation. Additionally, he is the author of the international best seller, “Strategic Planning for Black Folk: Unleashing the Secret Weapon to Success!” Doc is co-leader of the SA Stronger Together movement for pastors against racism, he is a board member for Teach for America, and a board member of the San Antonio African American Museum. Brother Dorian also sits on the Black Leadership Council, chaired by State Representative Barbra Gervin-Hawkins.
About Kimiya Denise: Kimiya is a graduate of the University of Texas – San Antonio and the President/Executive Director and Community Activist for the Black Freedom Factory in San Antonio Texas. Black Freedom Factory exists to build a more racially and socially just society by cultivating racial equity across San Antonio through data-driven advocacy, mentorship programs for grassroots organizers, community outreach, anti-racism training, and consulting. She is also the Leader/Co-Founder of #ChangeRapeCulture which challenges Title IX policies regarding sexual misconduct and accurate survivor representation. Kimiya also fights for reproductive justice. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our third “Badass Women of San Antonio” series will feature SA Women who are taking on family violence head on through advocacy, policy and legislation.Panel: Judge Monique Diaz, Dr. Stacey Speedlin Gonzalez, and Patricia S. Castillo L.M.S.W., and others. Hosted by Reporter Bekah McNeel.
We are “striving to bring family violence to the forefront of policy and community discussions because we understand that it sadly affects an unacceptable number of individuals and families in Bexar County,” said Judge Diaz.
About Monique Diaz:Monique Diaz was born in San Antonio, Texas, where she and her two brothers were raised by their Puerto Rican mother and Dominican father. Monique successfully earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Along the way, she developed her passion for working with families and children. Monique focused her studies on early childhood education in low-income populations. In law school, Monique remained committed to serving families and children while working at the Child Support Division of the Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a judge of the Texas 150th District Court. Diaz assumed office on January 1, 2019. Diaz’s current term ends on December 31, 2022.
About Stacey Speedlin Gonzalez:Dr. Stacy Speedlin, Ph.D, LPC, LCDC, NCC- Clinical TeamStacy is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) and a nationally credentialed counselor (NCC). She has a doctorate degree in counselor education and supervision and is a visiting professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Speedlin has worked in the field of addiction and mental health for over ten years, has presented at several national and state level conferences, and published several manuscripts on various topics pertaining to mental health.
About Patricia Castillo:Patricia has 35+ years of working to end violence against women and families. In 1990, she co-founded the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts) Initiative, a coalition of 48 agencies, organizations and individuals as well as the F.A.C.T. (Family Assistance Crisis Teams) Program based in San Antonio, Texas. Using collaboration and community organization she serves as an advocate, educator and technical assistance resource to civic, legal, medical, religious, activist, educational, human resource and media groups. She’s done casework at the Women’s Shelter and with inmate women and their families at the County Jail. She was the first social worker ever assigned to the police Sex Crimes Unit-Homicide Bureau.
Pub Theology is a weekly interfaith dialogue group that talks about faith, our community and creating the common good.
About Megan & SA Hope Center: Megan Legacy is the CEO of the SA Hope Center. The SA Hope Center is a non-profit whose mission is to love people well by empowering them to meet their needs. Born and raised in Colorado, she began her career in Washington, DC, where she worked for the US Senate and then later for a government relations firm. In 2009, Megan moved to San Antonio and worked for three years as the Development Director for Haven for Hope, one of the country’s largest homeless organizations in the US. Megan has been with the SA Hope Center since 2012.
The SA Hope Center’s mission is to love people well by empowering them to meet their own needs. The SA Hope Center helps individuals and families break the cycle of poverty by addressing their individual barriers and helping them achieve their own goals by building on their strengths. Services include mentoring (case management), job readiness, health and wellness classes, senior services, financial literacy, nutrition, AA, parenting classes, anger management, client-choice food pantry, parenting classes, clothing, pastoral counseling, adult spiritual services, and more!
About Katie and SARAH: Katie Vela, San Antonio native and dedicated nonprofit leader, has served as a director at SARAH since its inception as a standalone agency in 2015. Vela has vast knowledge and experience working across complex systems with diverse stakeholders to enact systems change. Serving as the Director of Operations has prepared Vela to transition into this role, as SARAH continues to grow and expand its impact on our community.
In 2015, the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH) was designated as the lead Continuum of Care (CoC) agency for San Antonio and Bexar County. The SARAH alliance of service providers, board of directors, and people with lived experience of homelessness guide community-wide planning efforts, strategically allocate resources and drive change to provide supportive housing to all. Our goal is to ensure everyone has a place to call home.
About Corazon Ministries: Mark Stoeltje is the new Executive Director for Corazon Ministries. Before coming to Corazon, Mark was the Founder and Executive Director of the SA Clubhouse.Founded in 1999, Corazon Ministries, Inc. (C.M.I.) operates in the heart of downtown San Antonio at Travis Park Church serving our homeless and marginalized neighbors by providing hot meals four times per week, clothing, warm showers, hygiene items, access to primary medical care, optometry and dermatology care, barber haircuts, art therapy, recovery and prayer groups, and Bible study. We serve over 27,000 hot, nutritious meals per year and rely on over 75 enthusiastic volunteers each week to provide unconditional love and life-giving support to our neighbors.
About Endeavors: Juliana Barnes is the Veteran Supportive Services Case Manager at Endeavors San Antonio. Endeavors® is a San Antonio nonprofit that connects vulnerable populations to a wide range of helpful services. Endeavors passionately serves vulnerable people in crisis through our innovative, personalized approach.
Endeavors seeks to provide comprehensive, effective, and innovative services that encourage growth, allowing people to build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Why? Because we believe that everyone holds the capacity to grow, heal, change, succeed, and affect others positively. Endeavors restores dignity and improves the quality of life for the vulnerable people we serve through the benefits of our programs. Endeavors seeks to unify families and communities torn apart by poverty, unemployment, or neglect by providing real, practical solutions and a path to earned income. Endeavors does this through a wide array of programs and services supporting children, families, veterans and those struggling with mental illness and other significant disabilities.
About our guest: Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez was born in Brownsville, Texas to a mother and father who instilled in her a love for both her culture and country. Her mother, Alicia Gonzalez, who recently passed away taught Rosie the importance of service to her community and the value of people in her life. After her father took ill, Rosie left her job as a Probation Officer in Austin, Texas to pursue her law degree at St. Mary’s University. Her mother requested that she pursue her education so they could access healthcare and resources for her father. (He died during her second year of law school.)Rosie graduated from St. Mary’s University with her law degree in 2001.
She practiced law for 16 years, becoming the only lawyer in South Texas to be certified as a Child Welfare Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children in her law career, she represented hundreds of children who reside in foster care or the CPS system. She mentored several new attorneys, who went on to develop successful law careers.Rosie had a solo practice, where she committed to hard work and service to her clients. Rosie loves the law. During this time, she also serves as one of Commissioner Kevin Wolff’s appointee to the Bexar County Small, Minority and Women Business Enterprise (SMWBE) Advisory Committee where she made significant contributions to ensuring that LGBT firms are now included in the county’s contracting policies and procedures.
Rosie took the bench this year as the presiding judge of Bexar County Court at Law No. 13. Her top three initiatives are as follows: 1) to create a drug court/ domestic violence specialty program that addresses the core issues that bring offenders into the courtroom; 2) to create a live feed into the courtroom which would allow victims to view the hearing without having to be physically present; and 3) to collaborate with UTSA’s Counseling Department to set up a therapeutic support for the victims of domestic violence. Rosie recognizes the lack of resources in the community of San Antonio for our most vulnerable citizens.Further, she is aware that the most dangerous places in our city can exist in the home. She has dedicated her time on the bench to addressing the needs for an ever-increasing problem in our city.
This week we will have a conversation with COPS/Metro, SA Clergy, and San Antonio District 4 Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia, PhD about the upcoming city ballot, Proposition B and how local parishes can get involved with local government and the issues directly effecting local communities.Pub Theology San Antonio is a dialogue group that discusses faith, our community and creating the common good. Bekah Stolhandske McNeel hosting. About our guests:COPS/Metro is a coalition of congregations, schools, and unions coming together so that we can effectively act on behalf of families. COPS/Metro works within each of these institutions to identify a diverse, broad-based leadership that can connect to each other in new ways in order to act effectively on behalf of children, families, and neighborhoods. By learning to work together for the public good, COPS/Metro leaders are able to work with the business community and elected officials to make San Antonio a better place for families.As important as the issues that COPS/Metro address are, the relationships that leaders develop and foster within their institutions and among leaders from the racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse institutions that comprise these organizations are the foundation of broad-based community organizing.
Our second “Badass Women of SA” series will host a panel of women in our community to discuss issues about Birth & Reproductive Justice. Hosted by Bekah Stolhandske McNeel and Erika Stiner.Our Current Panel:Dr. Erica Hernandez, Adrianne Ortega & Amanda R. Reyna
About our Panel: Dr . Erica Hernandez is a chiropractor and birth doula who specializes in working with growing families. As a mom of 4 and a diverse birth history, she uses her platform to empower families on their birth journey. She plays an important role in helping them connect with themselves and the birth community.Adrianne Ortega, is reproductive acupuncturist and business owner of Alma Acupuncture. She specializes in Women’s Health/ Fertility, Pediatric, and Mental health issues. She supports birthing people with fertility, pregnancy/postpartum, and wellness needs. She also supports people with their fertility issues, IVF/IUI preparation, breech presentation, placenta previa, postpartum depression/anxiety, and other common issues during pregnancy/postpartum. She is the only female and bilingual fellow of ABORM (American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine) in San Antonio as well as our state of Texas.
Amanda R. Reyna is a co-owner and the managing partner of Journey to Motherhood, LLC – Doulas of San Antonio, a birth and postpartum doula collaborative in San Antonio, Texas. Her work includes providing evidence-based support for birthing people, including full-spectrum reproductive support, childbirth preparation and education, labor and postpartum care, and placenta encapsulation services. Amanda writes for Alamo City Moms and served on the storyboard of Texas Public Radio’s “Worth Repeating.”
“Keeping the Momentum Going Beyond 2020” Pub Theology with Dr. Sarah Baray, CEO of Pre-K 4 SA Co-Hosted by Bekah Stolhandske McNeel. Pub Theology is a weekly program that brings in leaders to talk about faith, our community, or creating the common good. Hosted by Pastor Gavin Rogers
About our guest: Sarah Baray is CEO of Pre-K 4 SA, San Antonio’s early-learning program. She has more than 25 years of experience in education. Before joining Pre-K 4 SA, Baray was a professor and doctoral program director at Texas State University. She began her career in the Austin School District, serving in various roles including teacher, principal and district administrator. Baray has a doctorate in executive public school leadership from the University of Texas at Austin
Today we are going old school and hosting “Pastor on a Hot Seat” with Pastor Eric Vogt from Travis Park Church in San Antonio, TX. We will talk about faith, our community, and creating the common good.
Pastor Eric is the lead pastor at Travis Park Church. Before coming to San Antonio he was the founding pastor at Servant Church in Austin, Texas. He is married to Rev. Valerie Vogt (also an ordained Methodist pastor) and they have two children. Eric is a graduate of Harvard University and The Divinity School at Duke University. Pub Theology is hosted weekly by Gavin Rogers. All perspectives are welcome.”Different Brews and Different Views”