A presentation on poverty and the Congressional budget was given by Rev. Leslie Copeland-Tune, Director of the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative. This was followed by a presentation on the situation of refugees and immigrants by Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director of our Refugee and Immigration Ministries.
Special acknowledgements were made to honor those who are leaving the board (GMP Sharon Watkins and Ron Degges, President of Disciples Home Missions); two board members who are retiring from their ministries but remaining on the board (Chris Hobgood and Delores Carpenter); and a life-long advocate and activist who had inspired and supported the Center (Doug Cook).
After dinner, Dr. Watkins shared her reflections on social witness in the church--recent past, the current situation, and future possibilities.