Fathers Child Support And Families
by Norma Olea
I am the Vice-Chairperson of the National Board of Director for Fathers & Families Coalition of America. In addition, I serve as Pastor of Union Avenues United Methodist Church in Chicago, IL. I am invested on issues that make a difference in the lives of our children and families of which includes how can I as a Pastor reach out to my colleagues so we work better to increase the involvement of fathers in their children’s lives. The conference conveners have added a keynote speaker for the interfaith prayer breakfast, Thursday, February 25th at 7:30 prior to the opening general session. Bishop George McKinney from St. Stephen’s in San Diego will open this session for all to attend. Bishop McKinney’s Biographical sketch follows but I am encouraging you to send this message to all of your faith and community based leaders and networks so we can collectively make a difference in the lives of children and families.
Your support of the 11th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference, February 23-26, 2010 is requested. We want to get the word out to all Faith and Community Based Organizations, Child Support, Head Start, Social Services, and other federal, state, and county to consider attending this excellent conference. Please send out the link below to all in your network:
The Fatherhood & Families Conference is a well-planned event and has a myriad of topics that interest from the novice to the accomplished professional. Over the past ten years this event and others that have been formed from it have provided training to over 8,000 attendees nationally. This is the first time this event has been hosted in Southern California and a great opportunity to benefit from the talented professionals who are coming from 22 states to provide 55 workshops. It also can help with identifying resource information and “hot” issues. Besides, it is very important that we support our colleagues as our purpose – to uphold responsible fatherhood – is the same. This is coalition-building and collaboration at its best and an opportunity to network with national leaders, experts and fellow providers. An example of this opportunity includes meeting the new U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Administration for Children and Families (DHHS/ACF) Assistant Secretary, Ms. Carmen Nazario who was appointed by President Obama to lead this critical federal agency.
On Thursday, February 25th starting at 5:30 we will honor a leader and father of the year during our Red Dress – Red Tie Gala Dinner that will feature an all female theater ensemble from Chicago, Bella Vida and international recording jazz saxophonists, Mr. Marion Meadows with additional evening entertainment. This is part of the conference registration and open to non-attendees from the community.
The conference conveners have been able to extend the room block as the contract was sold out last week but colleagues can get a government/conference rate.
Thank you for sharing with your colleagues and I look forward to working with you on this event to get the information that your networks could benefit. We need your support as we try to get the word out! Fathers & Families Coalition can respond by email.
Dr. Ramon Nieves
Bishop George Dallas McKinney was born August 9, 1932 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Bishop McKinney is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Arkansas and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Arkansas State College where he received a B.A. degree. He studied social work at the University of Michigan, graduate School of Social Work. He received his M.A. degree from Oberlin College, School of Theology in Ohio and a Ph. D. from California Graduate School of College in Glendale, California, and received an honorary D.D. from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
Bishop McKinney is the founder and pastor of St. Stephen's Cathedral Church of God in Christ (COGIC) which he founded in 1962. Since 1985, Bishop McKinney has served as Jurisdictional Prelate of Southern California Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. In November 2001, he was elevated to the General Board (the presidium) of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.
A former probation officer is a renowned licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor, and authored Christian Marriage which provide an overview of marriage as a covenant relationship between man, woman and God and basic information regarding Biblical principles that will strengthen the marriage bond.
Bishop McKinney is internationally known for his dynamic preaching and teaching ministry, which places him in constant demand as a conference convention speaker.
Bishop McKinney is the author of eight books and has contributed to many more. He served as the senior editor for the African American Devotional Bible, published by Zondervan in April 1997.His literary contributions include The riveting New Slave Masters published by Cook Communications in 2005 and the best selling-book entitled Cross the Line: Reclaiming the Inner City for God, which he co-authored with William Kritlow in 1998. In this book, Bishop McKinney compares the inner city with Ninevah and challenges the modern day Jonahs to turn their time and talents toward the troubles inner city. With three decades of ministry in San Diego, McKinney presents church leaders and lay people with illustrations of how God is blessing the inner city and shows you how to safely and effectively cross racial lines and social lines to minister and learn from real people in the city.
He has received numerous honors in the field of religion and community service. In 1995, the San Diego Rotary Club named Bishop McKinney, "Mr. San Diego." On March 7, 2001 the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), presented Bishop McKinney with a Racial Reconciliation Man of the Year Award and in 2007 The Shelter Island Rotary presented him with The Peace Maker Award in recognition of all the work he has done for many years in the area of racial unity. Bishop McKinney is the proud parent of 5 sons, by Jean, his late first wife of more than 45 years, the grandparent of 15, and last year (August, 2008) was married to Attorney Barbara (BJ) Warren. Sister Barbara McKinney has been warmly received by the congregation of St. Stephens and is now actively involved in the life of the local Church and the Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ with her husband.