Brewed Awakening:
Serving fair trade coffee, tea and speakers to stir the social conscience
Spring 2014 schedule


Tuesday, February 11
 Fermanian Business Center
7pm (6:30 coffee)
Feed the Hungry: San Diego’s Food Bank Population – Profile, Analysis, 
and Solutions
Dr. Patricia Leslie, Cathy Gallagher and Dr. Lynn Reaser

Come learn of research that represents the first comprehensive county-wide survey and analysis of San Diegans who depend on the region’s Food Bank. It draws a portrait of the people needing food assistance and seeks to understand the demographic, economic, and social factors driving that need. The FBEI Research team was led by Reaser and Economic Research Associate Dieter Mauerman, and coordinated by FBEI Manager Emily Gallentine who worked carefully with teams of PLNU students to interview 570 households at 13 distribution sites throughout San Diego County. These were a geographically representative sampling of all the communities the Food Bank serves, from coastal cities to as far north as Borrego Springs, and to the Backcountry, San Ysidro, and central San Diego. Reaser commented, “The study results will certainly dispel preconceived notions of who it is the Food Bank is helping because what we have discovered is the face of hunger looks very much like you and me.”


Tuesday, March 4
ARC (Activities and Recreation Center)
7pm (6:30 coffee)
Swords into Ploughshares: Working toward a World without Nuclear Weapons
Paul Carroll (Ploughshares Fund), Dr. Rebecca Laird and a nuclear fallout 

Nuclear weapons present a real and urgent danger, whether they reside in unstable countries or are sought by terrorists. While they once helped guard our security, today they undermine it. That’s why leading thinkers and former Cold Warriors agree – to end the threat of nuclear weapons we must eliminate them altogether. Paul Carroll is a well-regarded expert on Department of Energy nuclear weapons programs and North Korea. Prior to coming on board in 2000, Paul worked on nuclear weapons issues at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has commented and published for The Daily Beast, Hannity, CNN International, AP Radio and Al Jazeera, among others. Dr. Rebecca Laird is Associate Professor of Christian Ministry at PLNU, has recently been to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and teaches Christian Ethics.


Thursday, April 10
Fermanian Business Center
7pm (6:30 coffee)
Christian, Latino/a and Politically Active: Bringing the life of faith and 
activism together for the common good
Rev’s. Jeanette and Gabriel Salguero

Rev. Jeanette Salguero provides leadership with Urban Strategies’ efforts to promote national health and wellness initiatives that empower Hispanic communities. She works on projects with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce mental health and health care access disparities in the Hispanic community. She also provides leadership in education, outreach, and communications to grassroots organizations including community- and faith-based organizations that assist underserved and underrepresented constituencies. Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, is a powerful voice on issues that affect Latino communities in the United States. Focusing on poverty, immigration, and education, Salguero’s leadership of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) offers an important voice for growing diversity and changing demographics in our country. Salguero has been named as one of the most prominent Latino evangelical leaders by the Huffington Post, the Center for American Progress, El Diario, and Jorge Ramos’ Al Punto.


Sponsored by PLNU’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation, the Brewed Awakening series gives a platform to speakers who bring critical analysis of pressing contemporary social issues while pointing to ways of engaging these issues with hopeful alternatives.  The Brewed Awakening series showcases individuals and organizations with keen insight as well as practical ways of getting people involved.  Special attention is given to Christians who are engaged in the struggle for justice and reconciliation.  All speakers are encouraged to reflect on the relationship between their passion for justice, their actions and their faith.

For more information, contact Dr. Jamie Gates, 619.849.2659 or .
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