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Mayor, faith groups invite community to virtual COVID-19 reflection event this Saturday

Communications and Public Affairs: 207-7234
Published on Friday, March 27, 2020

Mayor, faith groups invite community to virtual COVID-19 reflection event this Saturday

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SAN ANTONIO (March 27, 2020) – Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the City of San Antonio’s Faith-Based Initiative are inviting the local community to reflect quietly, virtually, and collectively on the COVID-19 pandemic during a virtual Day of Reflection on Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The event will be hosted via ZOOM and will be simulcast on YouTube and Facebook. The event is free and open to the public online:
How to Participate

Mayor Nirenberg will convene the session at 8 a.m. Rev. Ann Helmke, Faith-Based Initiative Liaison in the City’s Department of Human Services will host the discussion.
Additional participants include:

  • Vance Blackfox, Religious Discrimination & Diversity (RD2) Action Team Lead, Faith-Based Initiative
  • Mehmet Oguz, RD2 Action Team Member
  • Rev. Dr. Dhawn B. Martin, RD2 Action Team Member, E.D. SoL Center
  • Rev. Wyndee E. Holbrook, Project Coordinator, Interfaith San Antonio Alliance; Interim Pastor, Covenant Baptist Church (Garden Ridge)
  • “Powered” by – Bill Neely, Executive Director, and Board member, Dhawn Martin

Among the questions to be discussed include:
Why is this Day of Reflection important? What wisdom and/or actions help to keep you grounded and focused?  What is your hopeful vision for those you serve and lead? Will we make it through this?
Event schedule:

  • 9 a.m. – Indigenous: Vance Blackfox, co-host. 
    Reflection participants: Angelica Docog, Executive Director, Institute for Texan Cultures, UTSA
  • 10 a.m. – InterReligious & Social Justice: Mehmet Oguz, co-host.
    Reflection participants: Larry Hufford, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, St. Mary’s University; Russell Krummell, Local Spiritual Assembly Member, San Antonio Baha'i Community; Jan Puckett, Council Chair, InterReligious Council of San Antonio;
    Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy, San Antonio Peace Laureate; Coordinator, InterReligious Council of San Antonio 
  • 11 a.m. – Historic Peace Churches & Equity: Brian Halderman, co-host.
    Reflection participants: Rev. John Garland, San Antonio Mennonite Church; Tino Gallegos, Immigration Liaison, City Manager’s Office, City of San Antonio
  • 12 p.m. – Muslim: Rev. Wyndee E. Holbrook, co-host.
    Reflection participants: Imam Omar Shakir, Resident Imam, Masjid Bilal of San Antonio;
    Sumeyra Tek, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Atmospheric Science and Physics, University of the Incarnate Word; Faith Leader, Raindrop Foundation SA
  • 1 p.m. – Protestant & Civic Engagement: Vance Blackfox, co-host.
    Reflection participants: Pastor Kan’Dace Brock, LMSW, The Message Church
  • 2 p.m. – Protestant & Social Work: Rev. Wyndee E. Holbrook, co-host.
    Reflection participants: Patty Villarreal, LMSW, Adjunct Social Work Professor at the Baptist University of the Americas, co-founder of the Christian Latina Leadership Institute; Abel Vega, Director of Mission, Service & Justice Ministries, Rio Texas Conference, United Methodist Church
  • 3 p.m. – Ecumenical: Dhawn Martin, co-host.
    Reflection participants: Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Archbishop, Archdiocese of San Antonio; Rev. Susan J. Briner, Bishop, Southwestern Texas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Rt. Rev. David Reed, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of West Texas; Robert Schnase, Bishop, Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church; Rev. Dr. Sallie Watson, General Presbyter, Mission Presbytery
  • 4:15 p.m. – Jewish & Compassion. Rev. Wyndee W. Holbrook, co-host.
    Reflection participants: Rabbi Mara Nathan, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth-El;
    Rabbi Samuel Stahl, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Beth-El; G.P.Singh, San Antonio Peace Laureate, Sikh Dharamsal of San Antonio
  • 5:15 p.m. – Mayor Nirenberg will wrap-up reflections