2016 Annual Assembly Workshop Descriptions

To celebrate the 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy, workshops will focus on the many ways mercy meets Catholics and non-Catholics throughout life and in the public policy arena.

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Mercy Meets the Millennial Pope Francis’ historic 2015 visit to the Joint Session of the US Congress and the Jubilee Year of Mercy have providentially coincided with one of the most politically charged moments in our nation’s history. What will have changed for society and the Church when this election cycle and, more importantly, this grace-filled year of mercy have concluded? What tasks will remain for the Church, particularly for the young adult members in the body of Christ? This presentation will address the most pressing political issues for the millennial generation and will analyze the shaping of the social and political landscape by Catholic young adults fortified with an authentic vision of hope, joy, suffering and mercy. Presenter: Nick Lee, Director of Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of St. Louis


Mercy Meets the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act  (ACA), signed into law on March 23, 2010, was intended to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance, reduce costs of health care and lower the rate of uninsured citizens.  After six years in existence, this panel of experts will look at the ACA from various perspectives and discuss what it means for you and the future of your healthcare. Presenters:  Ted Ruzicka, President, St. Louis Association of Health Underwriters; Brian Colby, Director of Policy and Outreach, Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance; David Watson, President, D.A. Watson & Company, St. Louis; Kevin Rejent, General Counsel

Mercy Meets the Catholic Legislator

You have been elected to serve in the Missouri General Assembly. You are Catholic, sworn to uphold the constitution, and represent thousands of citizens back home. How do you bring your values to bear in making policy decisions on the issues that come before you in the political culture of Jefferson City? Hear from someone who has served in the State Capitol in a variety of roles and knows the challenges faced by Catholic legislators. Presenter:  Shawn Furey, Member, Missouri Catholic Conference Public Policy Committee, Kansas City

Mercy Meets Compassion at the End of Life

As Catholics we believe life is a gift from God; therefore every stage of life is precious and needs to be affirmed. True compassion calls us to embrace those who are dying—not provide them the means to end their lives. This session will discuss ethical issues associated with assisted suicide, and an overview of current “death with dignity” laws and their impact on the elderly, disabled and the state of health care. Presenter: Dr. Nicole Allcock, Director of Pharmacy at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau

Mercy Meets a Culture of Violence

The Orlando nightclub shooting is the latest in a string of violent attacks in America. Is there a common thread that links Orlando with the violent attacks at Newtown, San Bernardino, and Aurora? As Catholics, how do we respond to the violence that appears to be permeating our culture?  The presenters in this workshop will provide insights on why we cannot ignore the moral and human costs of so much violence in our midst, and examine what we can do individually and collectively to build communities of greater peace. Presenters:  Greg White, Sheriff of Cole County Missouri and Jim Kemna, retired, prison ministry volunteer, Jefferson City

Mercy Meets the 2016 Election and Beyond

Should I vote Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or none of the above? American Catholics face tough choices in a 2016 election, but citizenship is about more than voting. What happens after the election? Can political opponents put aside their differences and act as American patriots? Find out how parties emerged with Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton and whether modern political parties can serve the common good. Presenter:  Mike Hoey, Executive Director, Missouri Catholic Conference, Jefferson City

Mercy Meets the Millennial

Pope Francis’ historic 2015 visit to the Joint Session of the US Congress and the Jubilee Year of Mercy have providentially coincided with one of the most politically charged moments in our nation’s history.  What will have changed for society and the Church when this election cycle and, more importantly, this grace-filled year of mercy have concluded?  What tasks will remain for the Church, particularly for the young adult members in the body of Christ?  This presentation will address the most pressing political issues for the millennial generation and will analyze the shaping of the social and political landscape by Catholic young adults fortified with an authentic vision of hope, joy, suffering and mercy. Presenter:  Nick Lee, Director of Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of St. Louis

Mercy Meets the Poor and Marginalized

The Catholic Church has a long tradition of reaching out to assist the poor and marginalized through a variety of ministries and programs. As part of its mission and identity, St. Louis University has developed several innovative programs, such as the Billiken Teacher Corps, the Health Resource Center and their prison programs, to assist the less fortunate in the St. Louis area. Come learn about young college students who are following Jesus’ call to bring good news to the poor and oppressed. Presenter:  Fr. Christopher Collins S.J., Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity, St. Louis University, St. Louis

Mercy Meets the Refugee

There are approximately 19.5 million refugees in the world today, and half of them are children.  However, less than 1% of the refugee population is resettled in other countries, including the United States. Some are resettled in Missouri, and the Catholic Church is taking a lead role in their adjustment to their new homeland. Come learn about our refugee brothers and sisters in Missouri and how we can work together to shower them with our King’s mercy. Presenters:  Alissa Shoemaker and Nicole Reimer, Job Developers, Office of Refugee and Immigration Services, Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, Columbia

Mercy Meets the “Unemployable”

The Advanced Skill Workforce Centers (ASWC) in St. Louis work with some of the roughest men in the area: former gang members, men with criminal records, and others who are struggling to find the right path. These men are often written off by potential employers—deemed as unreliable, even unemployable. But after completing the rigorous ASWC program, they are able to transform into dedicated and skilled full-time trade workers and model citizens. Hear from ASWC program leaders and graduates about how these kinds of programs are helping to battle unemployment, violence, and poverty. Presenters: Steve Wayland, Painters DC #58 Director of Business Development and Gregg Smith, Painters DC #58 Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer, St. Louis

2 thoughts on “2016 Annual Assembly Workshop Descriptions

    • mocatholic says:

      Hi Shirley, There are two workshop sessions offered at the Annual Assembly—one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. They will be approximately an hour long. Five of the workshops will be held in the morning and the other four in the afternoon. You will be able to choose one workshop to attend in the morning and another in the afternoon. Please email us at mocatholic@mocatholic.org if you have any more questions. Thank you!

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