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Monroe Gilmour to speak Sept. 13 on The Spirituality of Community Organizing

09/13/09 -  

The Center for Ethics and Religion at Queens, in partnership with United Religions Initiative of Charlotte, will present community organizer Monroe Gilmour speaking on  "The Spirituality of Community Organizing" on Sunday, September 13, 2009, at 7 p.m. in Sykes Auditorium on the Queens University of Charlotte campus, 1900 Selwyn Avenue. The talk is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

"My Daddy has a job but I don't know what it is."  So wrote Monroe Gilmour's son, David, in his first grade writing journal many years ago.  And David is not alone.  Last year the work of community organizers became a part of the national dialogue during the Presidential campaign.

Monroe will explain community organizing by exploring the spirituality that forms the basis of his work.  From India, to Africa, to Tennessee, and North Carolina, Monroe has been active in social justice and environmental work for over four decades.  The lessons he has learned about life as well as about organizing will be shared with us.  And maybe we'll even find out what he does.

He has been a community organizer for twenty five years in Knoxville and western North Carolina.  He was named "Best Community Activist" by Mt. Xpress readers. He also received the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation's state-wide Nancy Susan Reynolds Award, the Human Rights Award from the Baha'i community of Asheville, the Dr. Marketta Laurilla Free Speech Award and other honors.  He is coordinator of Western North Carolina Citizens for an End to Institutional Bigotry(WNCCEIB).  

United Religions Initiative (URI) was founded in 2000 by an extraordinary global community committed to promoting enduring, daily interfaith cooperation and to ending religiously motivated violence. Today the URI includes thousands of members in over 65 countries representing more than 100 religions, spiritual expressions, and indigenous traditions.

The mission of the Center for Ethics and Religion is to educate - through dialogue - the Queens community and the broader community on ethics and religion, paying particular attention to the intersection of those two aspects of our lives.    Past highlights include a partnership with Union Seminary, sponsoring a student Habitat build in China, and bringing to the University's historic Myers Park campus internationally recognized speakers such as Templeton Prize Winner The Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne and Dr. Francis Collins, director of the Human Genome Project, who kicked off a four-lecture series on "Languages of God.

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university, with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Presbyterian School of Nursing, the Wayland H. Cato Jr. School of Education and Hayworth Evening Programs.
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