Past successes will be celebrated and future challenges and opportunities will be noted during the Annual Meeting and Luncheon of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area. The event is Tuesday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sinclair Community College. The theme is “50 Years: Reflections on the PasLouise Akerst, Working Toward the Future.”
Educational leader and motivational speaker Louise Akers, S.C., D. Min. (right) is the guest speaker. Her ministry includes justice education and advocacy in formal classroom teaching at the high school and university levels. She is founder and coordinator of Cincinnati’s Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center. Akers has also served as Social Concerns Director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in Washington, D.C. and coordinator of the Sisters of Charity Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation.
She has worked with migrant farm workers and has been involved in the civil rights and women’s movements throughout the United States and overseas including Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico, Italy, Spain, China and others. In 2012, the Ohio House of Representatives recognized her as one of Ohio’s Finest Citizens.
“As citizens in an increasing pluralistic and polarized country, I believe we are challenged to create more effective approaches to wrestle with critical and complex issues,” Akers says. “Creative responses require taking new paths, participating in diverse coalitions, relinquishing traditional institutions and building new structures that will engender growth and reverence for life. This assumes openness and ongoing conversion–surely not an easy task but a necessary one.”
“We look forward to hearing the views and perspectives of this national and international leader as we continue to reflect on how we can continue our mission to work in partnership with local communities to eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty and to promote individual independence and self-sufficiency,” said Tim Donnellan, President & CEO of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area.
Cost is $25 per person. Registration and networking begin at 11 a.m., with lunch served at noon. The program will follow. To make a reservation, e-mail alesiaf@cap-dayton.org, donnah@cap-dayton.org or call (937) 341-5000 ext.146 or 126.