Conscious Living OK
Why Have We Become So Mean?
An Open Public Forum on Ethics
to be held on
Thursday, November 12, 2009
from 7pm to 9m
at The United Ministry Center
1017 Elm Avenue, Norman, OK
Admission is Free of Charge.
This event is co-sponsored by
The University of Oklahoma Religious Studies Department.
You are invited to participate in an open-panel public forum discussion designed to explore the causes and some solutions to the erosion of public civility.
Our esteemed panel will be comprised of ethicists, philosophers, former politicians, ministers, including:
- Dr. Tom Boyd, Ph.D., is the David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. After teaching philosophy of religion and ethics there for 28 years, he retired from fulltime teaching in 1997. While at OU he taught courses in Judeo-Christian ethics, advanced courses in the Philosophy of Religion, Religious philosophy prior to 400 AD and after 400 AD, the history of ethics, the Philosophy of Social and Religious morality, Modern Philosophy of Religion, and Rhetoric and Religion. Tom served as Kingfisher Chair of the Philosophy of Religion & Ethics before retiring. Tom was talked out of retirement and enlisted for service in the new Religious Studies Program in 2002 by OU President David Boren (reports say he can be very persuasive!) . Tom teaches at the University of Oklahoma as part of the Retired Professor program and serves as a consultant to the Program. He teaches every semester. Tom holds four earned degrees, including a Ph.D. in Religion from Vanderbilt University in 1973. His academic specialization is in philosophy of religion, and ethics. His current concentration is on the relation among world religions and the relation between religion and culture. He seeks through his studies and teaching to understand and appreciate religion in its contemporary setting and in light of an emerging planetary culture. Tom is actively involved in a current discussion of a Global Ethic.Dr. Boyd also continues to conduct seminars, workshops, and retreats. He is in demand on campus and off as speakers to students, faculty and staff, and the region at large.
- Dr. Darian DeBolt, Ph.D., Former Norman City Police Captain; Former Norman City Councilman; Philosophy Program Coordinator and Faculty, University of Central Oklahoma
- Reverend T. Thomas, Coordinator, Cooperating Baptist Fellowship of Oklahoma www.cbfok.org.
Rev. Charles Frank “T” Thomas is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and received his B.A. from Furman University and M. Div. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Kathie and they have five daughters. T and his wife worked overseas for 26 years living in France, Burkina Faso (West Africa,) Romania and Cyprus. T has been a seminary professor, pastor and church planter. Since January 2004, he has been serving as the Coordinator for the Cooperating Baptist Fellowship of Oklahoma. In 2004 he also founded His Nets, an organization that fights malaria through the free distribution on insecticide treated mosquito nets.
- Dr. Dara Fogel, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Conscious Living OK; Liberal Studies Adjunct, University of Oklahoma; Adjunct, University of Central Oklahoma