Speaker: Cheryl R. Drazin, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation  League

 The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) crafted the first model hate  crime legislation in America, and 45 states plus the District of  Columbia now have laws based on or similar to ADL's model. ADL's  work has led to hate crimes becoming a stand-alone field of criminal  law, inspiring police departments to form bias crime units and  provide special training.

 As leaders of the faith community, you will be able to gain an  understanding of what constitutes a hate crime, their impact, what  motivates hate crimes, general offender typologies as well as  relevant trends ADL is seeking in our country and your community.

 This event is free of charge. Light breakfast will be provided during  the presentation. 

  Location: American Muslim Association
                  3201 NW 48th Street
                  Oklahoma City, OK

  Date: Friday, July 21, 2017

  Time : 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

 The Interfaith Alliance joins the Oklahoma Conference of Churches  in sponsoring this event for clergy and religious community leaders.  Thanks also to the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City for  making this event possible and to the American Muslim Association  of Oklahoma for hosting this event.

 Register for the Breakfast HERE.

 Welcome to our new
 Executive Assistant 
Courtland Powers

It is a joy to welcome Ms. Courtland Powers to the OCC Staff as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. Courtland comes to us with a great deal of experience in administration, finance, and fundraising. She has a B.B.A. in Management from Langston University, a M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership from Oklahoma City Univeristy, and an M.B.A. in Organizational Development from Oklahoma Christian University.

Most recently, Courtland was the Interim Executive Director of the Wesley Foundation at Langston University. Prior to that she was the Fundraising and Operations Manager of the Center for Children and Families, Inc. in Norman, Oklahoma.

Courtland started her position at OCC on May 15, 2017, and may be contacted via email at cpowers@okchurches.org or by phone at 405-525-2928.


 The OCC Staff enjoyed a wonderful month of Ramadan with our  Muslim brothers and sisters. There were more Interfaith Iftar events  held this year than in years previous, a positive sign for the interfaith  community of Oklahoma. Here are a few photos from the  celebrations during this holy month. 
From Left to Right: Robert Henry, Dr. Imam Imad Enchassi, Dr. Carl Rubenstein, The Rev. Shannon Fleck Speidel, The Rev. Dr. William Tabbernee, John deSteiguer, Kadir Akkus, Dr. Bob Carpenter

Top: Courtland Powers, The Rev. Shannon Fleck Speidel, and The Rev. Mary Hughes Gaudreau Bottom: Dr. Imam Imad Enchassi
From Left to Right: Kadir Akkus, Dr. Imam Imad Enchassi, Carla Hinton, Michael Korenblit
From Left to Right: The Rev. Shannon Fleck Speidel, The Rev. Jesse Jackson, The Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, The Rev. Dr. George E. Young Sr., and Dr. Imam Imad Enchassi

The Rev. Dr. William Tabbernee

The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill the nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need.

During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the  School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. What happens when school lets out? 

Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health issues.  The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill the nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need. 

Families can go to this website  SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM, then type in their zip code to locate the nearest feeding site.  Kids eat FREE!

Help us get the word out!  Please contact  Heather Griswold  for posters and other promotional materials for your congregation. 

 Camp Anytown, Oklahoma 2017 will be held July 30 - August 5 at St.  Crispin's Conference Center and Camp. This program promotes self-  esteem, good citizenship, and leadership in an atmosphere steeped  in rich diversity. Incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors from  across Oklahoma are eligible to participate in this award-winning,  human relations camp. The Anytown program ranks among the  preeminent human relations experiences in Oklahoma.

 Camp Anytown is often characterized as a "life-changing" opportunity  by those who attend. This camp experience has made a difference in  the lives of more than 1,000 teens since its inception in 1994. For  additional information, click  HERE. You can also contact the OCCJ  office at 918-583-1361 or email  info@occjok.org.

The OCC Office will be closed on  Tuesday 
July 4, 2017 for the Independence Day Holiday.

JULY 2017
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Emotional & Spiritual Care Welcomes New 
Assistant to the Director
Aly Shahan
Aly Shahan is an active member of Moore First United Methodist Church and layperson in the Oklahoma Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has served as Director of Youth Ministries for the First United Methodist Church of Lexington, and Moore First United Methodist Church. Additionally, Aly has served as Administrative Assistant to Dis cipleship Ministries for the Oklahoma Annual Conference of the UMC, and as Conference Director of the Re-Ignite Workshops, the state-wide lay leadership training for the Oklahoma Conference. 

Aly currently serves as Associate Conference Lay Leader for Young Adults and Young Families, as Co-Chair for the Annual Conference Council, and Annual Conference Council Management Team for the OKUMC.
Aly has served as a delegate to General Conference, representing Oklahoma at the world-wide United Methodist gatherings, and a two-time delegate to Jurisdictional Conference, representing Oklahoma at South Central Jurisdictional gatherings in 2012 and 2016. 

Aly is married to Adam, an Elder in the Oklahoma Conference of the UMC, and they have two wonderful children. 

We are absolutely thrilled to have Aly joining our staff this month.

Click HERE to receive email notification of future disaster spiritual and emotional care trainings.

Click HERE for a more detailed description of OCC's three credentialing  categories, training, qualifications, and accountability requirements.

Click HERE for an update on OCC's disaster spiritual care program.

The Rev. Mary Hughes Gaudreau
Director of Emotional and 
Spiritual Care
(405) 315-1528
September 17, 2017
Interfaith Youth Tour
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help 
Catholic Church,  Temple B'nai Israel, and the  Islamic Society of Greater OKC will host this annual event this year.

October 15, 2017
Meet Your Interfaith Neighbors 
Meal  2 -4 p.m.,  First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, 600 NW 13th Street, OKC. There will be a $5.00 cover charge.

November 9, 2017
OCC's Annual Dinner 
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum-Sam Noble Special Events Center, 1700 NE 63rd, OKC. 
Consider becoming a COOL ZONE

We know that Oklahoma is a pretty cool place to live, but when we enter the hottest months of the year, it's hard for many to keep cool. We see far too many heat-related incidents and deaths, especially in the elderly and disabled community, and we ask that you consider helping to prevent these unnecessary incidents.

Residents in Central Oklahoma need a place to cool off during the heat of an oppressive summer day. As temperatures and humidity outside climb to dangerous levels, many Oklahomans do not have a safe place to go for relief and to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Additional locations are needed to reach unserved areas of the Oklahoma City metro. Would your church or worship center be willing to participate in meeting this need? And if you are outside of the OKC metro, have you considered a similar program in your area? 

To learn more about becoming a COOL ZONE, click here.

Cool Zone locations include:
  • Libraries
  • Shopping Centers
  • Community and Senior Citizen Centers
  • Churches/Houses of Worship
To apply to become a COOL ZONE, click here

Please mail completed forms to the OCC offices at 301 NW 36th Street, OKC, OK 73118.

Register HERE .


July 15, 2017
Church Women United in Oklahoma - Highland Park United Methodist Church in Stillwater

July 21, 2017
Hate Crime Information Breakfast for Clergy and Faith Leaders - American Muslim Association in OKC.

August 8, 2017
An Evening with Author Jo Ivester - Downtown Library OKC

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 (For more information, contact Lynne Bussell at lbussell@suddenlink.net) 

Oklahoma Conference of Churches
301 N.W. 36th St.
Oklahoma City 
(405) 525-2928

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


The Rev. Dr. William Tabbernee
Executive Director

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