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Engaged Compassion

— our theme in 2019 —

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Speakers and events in 2019

Did you miss the "Pomona Reawaking" Event in February? Check out Rev. Jan Chase's slide show on the City of Pomona Compassionate City efforts. You can also view the HuffPost video of Khamisa explaining the origins and work of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation as well as the Foundation's website.

Here are the links you'll need:

The slide show about the Compassionate Cities work in Pomona can be found here.

The HuffPost interview with Azim Khamisa about his process of forgiving his son's murderer and the current state of their relationship can be viewed here.

General information about the Tariq Khamisa Foundation can be found here.

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November 24
7 p.m.

Claremont Presbyterian Church,
1111 North Mountain,
Claremont, CA 91711


"Why We Need Public Banking"

Ellen Brown

Tickets are available at the door or at participating churches


ONLINE from eventbrite

Steering Committee: Dick Bunce (chair), Louis Chase, John Cobb Jr., John Forney, Alex Morales, Steve Sittig, Julie Wheeler, Carl Williams

Dr. Ellen Brown is an author, attorney, public speaker, and advocate for financial reform, most prominently public banking. She is founder and president of the Public Banking Institute, a nonpartisan think tank devoted to the creation of publically-operated banks. Her latest book is entitled Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age.

Dr. Brown earned her law degree followed by a J.D. at UCLA where she was editor of the UCLA Law Review. Her article for the law review on the topic of alternative medicine won praise in 1979 from California Chief Justice Rose Bird, calling it “an excellent and exhaustive review of case and statutory law.” She has written many articles and appeared on network and cable television, in prominent newspapers including the New York Times, and on internet programs and podcasts. Her earlier books are entitled Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution.

Check this video featuring her progress in gaining support for public banking!

Recent Events

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October 13
7 p.m.

Claremont United Church of Christ (UCC),
233 W. Harrison St.,
Claremont, CA 91711


"America: The Farewell Tour"

Chris Hedges

The Rev. Chris Hedges is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a Pulitzer Prize-winning former journalist for The New York Times. He is author of eleven books, including the NYT bestsellers War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, American Fascists, and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which he coauthored with Joe Sacco. He spent two decades abroad as a war correspondent covering conflicts in Central America, the Middle East, and the former Yugoslavia. He has taught at Princeton University, Columbia University, New York University, and the University of Toronto. He also teaches college credit courses for students in the New Jersey prison system through Rutgers University.

Rev. Hedges is a Presbyterian minister, writes a weekly column for the website Truthdig, and hosts the Emmy-nominated show On Contact on RT America. His latest book is entitled America: The Farewell Tour.

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January 27
7 p.m.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church,
1700 N. Towne Ave.,
Claremont, CA 91711


“Engaged Compassion”

John B. Cobb, Jr.

John Cobb was born of Methodist missionary parents in Japan in 1925.  His graduate education was at the University of Chicago.  He taught at Emory University and Claremont School of Theology.  He was co-founder of Progressive Christians Uniting.  He also founded with David Griffin the Center for Process Studies and other institutions for the promotion and application of the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead.  This application is especially for the development of an "ecological civilization, a project he is pursuing especially in China.  He now lives in Pilgrim Place.  Among his books are A Christian Natural Theology, Christ in a Pluralistic Age, The Liberation of Life (with Charles Birch), For the Common Good (with Herman Daly, Spiritual Bankruptcy, and Jesus' Abba: the God Who Has Not Failed.

Response Panel: Dr. Andrew Winnick, Steve Sittig and Linda Lowrey

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February 18

Presidents' Day

All Day

Temple Beth Israel
3033 N. Towne Ave.

Pomona Reawakening

Date: Monday, February 18, (Presidents Day)
Time: Gather at 8 a.m.,
Starts at 8:30,
Closes at 2:30 Venue:
Temple Beth Israel, 3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona
Organizing sponsors:
The Compassionate Cities Project and
Progressive Christians Uniting, Inc. (PCU)



Monday, February 18, 2019 (President’s Day)

Registration: 8:15 – 8:45 Conference: 8:45 – 2:30 Lunch included


Temple Beth Israel 3033 N. Towne Ave, Pomona. Between major cross-streets Bonita and Foothill. Ample parking in the rear.

ADA accessible


Standard Admission fee: $10
If registering after Febriuary 11th
or at the door: $15(see note below)
Students: $5
Under 18: No Charge
Please note: Seating is limited, so RSVP required for allwho will pay at the door and for youths under 18 admitted free. To RSVP, call (909) 542-9551 or email

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Use Eventbrite
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Download the brochure and use the form found there.
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Send the following information to the address which follows.
Please provide 1)Name, 2)Telephone, 3)Street Address and Ciry, 4)Email Address and 5)Your choice of 2 of 8 workshops.
Mail to PCU, ATTN. Verity, 259 S. Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont , CA 91711.
If mailing a check for the fees, write it payable to "Agenda" or "Agenda for a Prophetic Faith."



It’s been said that the only true awakening or reform in a community is based on compassion —engaged compassion. This is the sort of awakening happening in Pomona.

In 2018, the Pomona city council and PUSD board of trustees signed on to the International Charter of Compassion, joining a global family of almost 500 cities committing to compassion as a core value.

This is a compelling value. Compassion is best understood as walking with those who suffer and joining with them in finding hope, opportunities, justice and peace. Compassion can mean the difference between callousness and caring, divisiveness and diversity, rejection and restoration. It can change the tone and structures of a city and a region.

This awakening has begun. A partial list: The city is currently establishing an innovative service center for homeless men and women, has declared noncooperation with repressive immigration enforcement, and local organizations are reaching out with enrichment programs for youths and re-entry options for ex-felons.

Let’s celebrate such milestones while also taking it to the next level. Tough challenges remain, and we all can have a role in building on the gains and meeting the challenges. The workshops are designed accordingly.

The day will begin with the heartfelt words of a man who has suffered a massive family tragedy and moved on to the kind of creative compassion that can remake lives – and a community. With the additional comments of Mayor Sandoval and a compelling variety of workshops, let’s be inspired, informed, and engaged.

As residents of Pomona and neighboring cities, let’s give traction to the commitment to compassion. Let’s be agents of change that will ripple all through Pomona and beyond.


8:15 Registration, coffee and breakfast snacks, networking
8:45 Welcome, Host Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz,
Music, Cantor Paul Buch
Introduction of the Event, Richard Bunce, PCU Project Director

9:00 Introduction of Speaker, Jan Chase, sMinister, Unity Church of Pomona
First Keynoter: Azim Khamisa,
Q and A

10:10 Break

10:30 Music, Cantor Paul Buch
Introduction of Speaker, Jeanette Royston, President, NAACP
Second Keynoter: Mayor Tim Sandoval,
Q and A Poetry, Spoken Word Artists: Eternal Mind and Lyrically Twisted

Pass to Workshops

11:30 Workshops

12:30 Lunch, Words of Appreciation

1:30 Workshops Repeated

2:30 Conference Concludes

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Azim Khamisa


is a man with a mission. While pursuing a successful, world-traveling career as an investment banker, he and his family suffered an unspeakable loss. His college-student son was senselessly shot and killed. In the midst of grief and anger, he consulted his faith and made a decision that had transformative power for his life, the life of the shooter, and countless more. The decision was to go the way of forgiveness and compassion. He formed the Tariq Khamisa Foundation, became an agent of institutional change, and has authored books advocating for personal and social transformation through compassion and restoration. He has been inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr., Board of Sponsors at Morehouse College and received numerous awards for his impact on the lives of youths, felons, schools, faith organizations, and the larger society.

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Tim Sandoval
Mayor of Pomona


Mayor of Pomona, attended public schools in Pomona and graduated from UC Riverside. He has a background in youth work, teaching English, and serving as co-founder and program director of Bright Prospect. This is a mentoring organization that has helped more than two-thousand youths become the first in their families to graduate from college. Many have returned to invest their talents in Pomona. Tim Sandoval brings a fresh perspective to his position as Pomona’s mayor. He demonstrates through his numerous involvements several keen interests, such as youth programs, urban sustainability and beautification, assistance for the marginalized, and the arts.

Regarding engaged compassion, here are the main questions for the workshops: What’s going well? Have there been recent breakthroughs? What are the tough, remaining challenges? How can those attending the workshop engage?

  1. Affordable Housing: Complexities and Possibilities: John Nolte, Esq., Organizer for PUSH ( Pomona Unified for Stable Housing), former Pomona City Councilperson; Kirk Pelser, Pomona Deputy City Manager; Don Pryne, Consultant for affordable, supportive housing, retired from career in city management. Workshop Chair: Dr. Thomas Allison, Esq.

  2. Care for the Environment: Maria Teresa Alonso, Executive Director, Huerta Del Valle (urban farming); Randy Beckandam, Executive Director, Amy’s Farm (urban farming); Devon Hartman, Founder and CEO, Community Home Energy Retrofit Project, (newly efficient solar energy panels to be produced in Pomona as nonprofit enterprise). Workshop Chair: Javier Munoz

  3. Converting Homelessness to New Beginnings: Sergeant Anthony Catanese, Pomona Police Department; Reggie Clark, Program Manager, Volunteers of American (VOA), Pomona Office; Rolando Lumbsden, VOA case manager; Toni Navarro, Executive Director, Tri-City Mental Health Services. Workshop Chair: Mary Tawadros

  4. Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, Building Capacity for Compassion: Almitra Henderson, Director, Compassionate Leadership, Human Values Center; Dr. Frank Rogers, Professor , Claremont School of Theology, author

  5. Security and Opportunity for Immigrant Neighbors: Javier Hernandez, Executive Director, Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice: Angela Sanbrano, Vice President, Latino-Latina Roundtable, board chair, CARECEN, Co-Executive Director, NDLON; Alex Sanchez: Founder and Director, Homies Unidos. Workshop Chair: Madeline Rios

  6. The Power of Spoken Word: Eternal Mind, Spoken Word Artist; Tyrone Stokes, AKA Lyrically Twisted, Rapper, Spoken Word Artist

  7. Toward a More Humane Justice System: Prevention, Re-entry, Restoration: Rev. Nora Jacob, Restorative Justice Minister, Urban Mission, Pomona; Azim Khamisa, keynoter, Founder , Tariq Khamisa Foundation; Phillip Senteno, Founder and Director, Forward Progress. Workshop Chair: Rev. Jan Chase

  8. Youth Speaks to the Compassion Challenge: Vincha Fossett, Village Academy High School, PUSD; Abid Kazmi, City of Knowledge; Marleni Munguia, Cal Poly Pomona (formerly PUSD); Fernando Navarro, Garey High School, PUSD: Workshop Chair: Paul Knopf

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April 7
7 p.m.

Claremont United Methodist Church,
211 W. Foothill Blvd.,
Claremont, CA 91711


“We are Becoming:

Taking the Next Faithful Step on the Journey to Dismantling Racism.”

Erin Hawkins

Ms. Erin M. Hawkins is General Secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church. She is lead official of the denominational agency that cultivates racial inclusion and the full participation of all people into the work, witness and life of The UMC. GCORR empowers church clergy and lay leadership to utilize the values of inclusion, racial equity and justice in the transformative work of vital congregations in order to build up the body of Christ. Ms. Hawkins works to share lessons in creating holy relationship with God by, “holding in tension our capacity for greatness that calls us, as Christians, to persevere in the struggle towards becoming our better selves, and to combat our worst tendencies, of racism, sexism and classism.”

Ms. Hawkins’ Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from American University in Washington, D.C. and her Masters degree in Public Policy from Indiana University have provided her an awareness of how system processes can perpetuate the sin of racism and carry from the local to the global arena.

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May 5
7 p.m.

La Verne Church of the Brethren,
2425 E Street,
La Verne, CA 91750


"So you care about racial justice?

Now, what?"

Shelly Tochluk

Have you ever wondered what you can do to make a difference? How might you help advance racial justice? This presentation will provide inspiration and multiple avenues available that support increased understanding, personal development, and active engagement.  
Shelly Tochluk earned her PhD in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2005. Since then, she has trained teachers to work with Los Angeles’ diverse school population as a professor in the Education Department at Mount Saint Mary’s University–Los Angeles. She is the author of Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It and Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice. Shelly works with AWARE-LA (Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere-Los Angeles) and co-produces their 4-day summer institute titled, Unmasking Whiteness, which leads white people into a deeper understanding of their personal relationship to race, white privilege, and systemic racism.

See to learn more about her work.

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May 11

8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
— Workshop A: Fundamental Skills

12:30 to 3 p.m.
— Workshop B: Deepening Understanding and Practice

Claremont United Methodist Church,
211 W. Foothill Blvd.,
Claremont, CA 91711


"Becoming a Compassionate Warrior: Skills for Anti-Racism Allies"

David Campt

This highly interactive workshop gives people practical skills for turning conflicts about race into moments of connection. The morning workshop will be fundamental, and the afternoon workshop (with lunch) will deepen understanding and practice. Participants will learn: how to stay centered so you can make good choices in tough conversations; the keys to asking questions that shift people from spouting opinions to sharing stories; how to mine your own memories for stories that will build rapport and influence with others.
Dr. David Campt is a nationally renowned expert in dialogue, race relations, and civic engagement. He has designed or facilitated racial dialogue sessions for the President, Members of Congress, foundations, universities, and national and international organizations. He is also a speaker, presenter and author. He recently appeared on The Daily Show.

See or to learn more about his work.

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