Serving fair trade coffee, tea, and speakers to stir the social conscience

Fair Trade Coffee & Teas served from 6:30-7:00pm

Speaker from 7:00-8:00pm

Global Warming and the Risen Lord: Who is hurt by our lack of good stewardship for creation?

 Jim Ball, Evangelical Environmental Network  


Interviewed by PLNU Journalism professor Dean Nelson

"Jim Ball has spent the last two decades honestly and reflectively exploring the devastating consequences of global warming. He comprehends the issue from every angle – science, climatology, sociology, agriculture, forestry, business, psychology and industry. But his call for us to do something is rooted in another discipline – Christianity. Beginning with our creation in the image and likeness of God, Jim views us as caretakers, stewards and co-laborers with God in responsible care for creation." –

Dan Boone, President of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN

Not on the Backs of Working Families: Economic Justice through Collective Bargaining

 Lorena Gonzalez, Secretary-Treasurer/CEO, San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council  


The daughter of an immigrant farmworker and a nurse, Lorena learned the value of hard work and determination at an early age. After graduating from Vista High School in North San Diego County, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University, a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University and a Law Degree from UCLA. In January of 2008, Lorena Gonzalez became the secretary-treasurer and CEO for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO. The Labor Council is a coalition of 132 local unions that represent more than 192,000 working families in the region. Upon her election, Lorena became the first woman and first person of color to serve as head of the Labor Council since the organization’s inception in 1891.

Slavery in Our Own Back Yard: Realities of Human Trafficking in San Diego

Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason King, chair, San Diego Human Trafficking Taskforce

Since launching in 2007, the sheriff’s San Diego Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force has identified over 400 victims of sex trafficking. Thirty percent were minors, said sheriff’s Sgt. Jason King, who heads the effort. Authorities are seeing girls who also hail from a wider range of socioeconomic backgrounds — from the upper-class suburbs to the poor urban neighborhoods — and their average ages are 14 to 18 years old. San Diego ranked eighth nationally for child prostitution in the U.S., said a 2003 FBI audit, the last such audit done. Los Angeles was no. 1.