OCTOBER 2017
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A MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER OF THE OKLAHOMA CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES
The latest news and information from OCC
We are thrilled to have you as a part of our network and we look forward to sharing the latest OCC news with you each month. We are always looking for ways to involve as many people as possible in our work. Interested in getting involved? Email The Rev. Shannon Fleck today to get plugged in to our wonderful efforts statewide! 
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OCC adds Area of Focus
The Oklahoma Conference of Churches has made the decision to add a seventh area of focus to its Social Justice Ministry. The new area of focus, whose official title is to be determined, will focus on  Race and Anti-Discrimination . Racism is, and has been, a tangible reality in our society that disproportionately impacts all of the other issue areas OCC addresses. Racism has embedded itself within the fabric of our society that has professed that all people are created equal, yet the realities of that dream are not the case for so many in the U.S. As people of faith, we recognize that all people are created in the image of God, and we commit to the very hard work of righting the wrongs of racism that lives and breathes within our society, so we can live into the dream that all are created equal.
OCC Director to be presented Human Rights Award
The Rev. Shannon Fleck will be presented the Church Women United in Oklahoma's Human Rights Award at their Ecumenical Leaders' Retreat in Altus, OK on Friday, October 20, 2017. Rev. Fleck will also serve as the keynote speaker for the weekend's retreat, which concludes on Saturday, October 21st. You can find more information about the retreat and register for the event on CWU in Oklahoma's Facebook page . OCC is proud of Rev. Fleck, her commitment to the work of social justice, and all the work she does for the people of our churches and in Oklahoma. Congratulations!
OCC Art Auction Fundraiser with Special Keynote Speaker- Brad Price
Please make plans to join the Oklahoma Conference of Churches for an evening of Art at NorthHaven Church in Norman, OK on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m . Dinner will be served from 6:30-7:30, with an Art Auction to follow. Cost for the event is $20 per person.
Evening of Viewing

The Oklahoma Conference of Churches will host an Evening of Viewing, showing the film " Tomorrow ", at St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This event is free to the public. A discussion of the film will take place the following week, October 12, at Church of the Open Arms (3131 N. Pennsylvania Ave. OKC, OK) from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Love Your Neighbor: An Interfaith Tea

The Religions United Committee is pleased to offer an Interfaith Tea on  Sunday October 15, 2017  from 2-4 p.m. at First Unitarian Church (600 NW 13th Street; OKC) The cost will be $5.00 per person. Space is limited so make plans to attend this wonderful event today.
2018 Day at the Legislature

Save the date for the 2018 Oklahoma Conference of Churches Day at the Legislature on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the Oklahoma State Capitol and St. Paul's Cathedral. More details to come soon.
Social Justice Ministry

A vital part of the ministry of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches is engaging in faith driven social justice advocacy. We would love for you to be a part of the all-important work of our Social Justice Ministry Network. Do you have interest in being a part of the network? You will receive updates on events at the Capitol, social justice events near you, advocacy alerts, and news updates, as well as an E-Newsletter on the 15th of each month. Email The Rev. Shannon Fleck  to be added to the list.
Fall “Local Disaster Spiritual Care Responder” Training Scheduled

Oklahoma experiences, on average, a new disaster somewhere in our state every 6 weeks. It can happen in a moment. Although we can't predict where the next disaster will strike, OCC is working to build volunteer capacity throughout the state.

Two upcoming "Local Spiritual Care Responder" trainings are scheduled in the next few weeks. These trainings will qualify participants to receive OCC's disaster spiritual care credential that is recognized by emergency management officials and our other VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) partners:

October 10, 2017
Elk City, OK Local Disaster Spiritual Care Responder Training
Click here to register for the October 10 training in Elk City.

October 24, 2017
McAlester, OK Local Disaster Spiritual Care Responder Training
Click here to register for the October 24 training in McAlester.
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Click  here   for a more detailed description of OCC’s three credentialing categories, training, qualifications, and accountability requirements.

Click   here  f or an update on OCC’s disaster spiritual care program.
Popular Islamophobia Panel returns to Tulsa
Join the Oklahoma Conference of Churches for an Islamophobia Panel at Memorial Drive Church of Christ (747 South Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK) on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Come and learn about the Islamic faith, as well as what it's like being a Muslim in the United States and Oklahoma. This event is completely FREE and open to the public and features Dr. Charles Kimball (University of Oklahoma), Dr. William Tabbernee (Oklahoma Conference of Churches), and Dr. Imam Imad Enchassi (Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City).
Tulsa Evening of Listening: Immigration and Refugees
Join the Oklahoma Conference of Churches at Southminster Presbyterian Church (3500 South Peoria Ave.,Tulsa, OK) on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. for an Evening of Listening on Immigration and Refugees. This event is completely FREE and will feature Moderator The Rev. Chris Moore and Panelists Richard Klinge, The Rev. Lori Walke, and Rex Friend. We hope to see you in Tulsa on the 26th!
Free Heart Health Clinic Offered
The Oklahoma Conference of Churches will host a free heart health clinic on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our office. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to take advantage of this free screening for potential heart problems. No appointment necessary. More information about specific screening measures can be found here . Our office is located at 301 NW 36th Street; Oklahoma City, OK 73118.
2017 Interfaith Youth Tour
The 10th Annual Interfaith Youth Tour took place on Sunday, September 17 and hosted over 300 youth and adult volunteers as we toured The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Temple B'nai Israel, and the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. This event continues to attract more and more annually, as we continue the mission of dialogue and understanding among all people. Thank you to everyone who participated this year! We look forward to seeing you again next fall.
What every church member should know about poverty
A Ruby Payne/aha! Process workshop hosted by First United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. This workshop is designed to provide information and issues to increase knowledge and awareness of the culture of poverty, and ways that churches may minister to individuals from poverty. To read more about the workshop check out the event flyer here .
Oklahoma City University's Fall Willson Lectures welcome Nadia Bolz-Weber
The Willson Lectures will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1:00, 2:30, and 7:00 p.m . in Bishop Angie Smith Chapel at Oklahoma City University and are complete FREE to the public.

Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People (Convergent, 2015), available in bookstores now. She's also the author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Seabury 2008), and the New York Times bestselling theological memoir, Pastrix: the Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint (Jericho, 2013). Nadia has been featured in BBC World Service, The Washington Post, Bitch magazine, NPR's Morning Edition, Fresh Air, More Magazine, The Daily Beast, and on CNN.

Nobody really believes she's an ordained pastor in the ELCA. Maybe it's the sleeve tattoos or the fact that she swears like a truck driver. Either way... she's fine with it. Nadia lives in Denver with her family of 4 where she can be found writing bios in the third person, lifting weights, and walking her Great Dane, Zacchaeus.

For more information contact Leslie Long or Annette Harper . 405.208.5284
Saturday, November 11, 2017
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OKC Civic Center, Hall of Mirrors
Volunteer Opportunity

There are 383 disaster survivors from 2015 spring storms in disaster case management with 56 ready for volunteers to do home repairs and more becoming ready every week. What will your  Response - Ability  be to those in need? Find out more  here .
COMMUNITY EVENTS


October 3, 2017
    Safe Town Domestic Violence Training
    Metro Technology Center OKC
   (More info here)

October 5, 6, 2017
    Zarrow Mental health Symposium: 
  Challenging Injustice and     
    Discrimination - Cox Business Center in
   Tulsa (More info  here )

October 20, 21, 2017
    Church Women United in Oklahoma 
   Ecumenical Leaders' Retreat  - Altus 
   ( For more information, contact Lynne 
   Bussell at lbussell@suddenlink.net)

October 22, 2017
John Michael Talbot Concert - Epiphany
of the Lord Catholic Church, OKC (More
information here )

October 29, 2017
Our Common Heritage Music Festival -
Ephipany of the Lord Catholic Church,
OKC at 4 p.m.

November 12, 2017
Jewish Muslim Film Institute - showing
the comedy "Dough" at Emmanuel
Synagogue, OKC at 1:45 p.m. RSVP here
Oklahoma Conference of Churches
301 N.W. 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
(405) 525-2928

The Rev. Dr. William Tabbernee
Executive Director


The Oklahoma Conference of Churches connects, motivates, and empowers the witness of communities of faith and individuals throughout Oklahoma on issues of faith, care, and social justice.