By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
The Oklahoma Conference of Churches (OCC) will hold its 3rd Annual Art Auction on Tuesday, September 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will take place in St. Paul’s Cathedral East Garden, 127 NW 7th Street, in Oklahoma City.
The reception will include a selection of complimentary wines and cheeses and other beverages, accompanied by live music. The exhibit will feature donated artwork from local and regional artists.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to Dean Willey Hall.
“Art and religion have been integrally related since the beginning of human existence,” said The Rev. Dr. William Tabbernee, OCC executive director. “Often it is through art that we find the closest connection to God.”
Art categories featured will include oils, pen & ink, watercolors, photography, books, sculpture, woodworking, and art by children.
Participating artists include Norman Brown, Sue Hale, Leo Luna, Rosetta Funches, Linda Williams, the Rev. Tony Moon, Debra Van Swearingen, the Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers, Shawn Meyers, the Rev. Dr. William Bentley, Bill Gorden, Penny Shorow, Perla Goody, John Russell, Glenda Radigonda and Linda Kukuk.
Musical artists Clinton Trench and John Cross will provide the evenings’ entertainment.
Wine will be provided again this year by Joullian Vineyards of Monterey, California, which is owned and co-founded by Oklahoma City businessman and philanthropist Richard “Dick” Sias.
The Art Auction is a fundraising and “friend-raising” event for OCC. It helps fund work in the faith community throughout Oklahoma. Emphasis will be on poverty, education, immigration, criminal justice and the environment.
On Wednesday, September 16, the third “Getting to know OCC” luncheon will be held at Crown Heights Christian Church, 4020 N. Western.
“I am excited that OCC will be conducting two ‘back-to-back’ events at Crown Heights Christian Church,” Tabbernee stated.
“The first event, the ‘Get to Know OCC’ luncheon, will highlight OCC’s very important work in ecumenical and Interfaith bridge-building, long-term disaster recovery, and social justice ministry.”
The luncheon starts at noon, with check-in beginning at 11:45 a.m. This is a free lunch, but there will be request for donations to support OCC’s ministry.
The following meeting, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., will be held for those interested in social justice.
“Pastor Marilynn Knott and others from OCC’s IMPACT Committee will describe our advocacy work and explain how people can be involved as local representatives of OCC’s Social Justice Ministry Network,” Tabbernee added.
To RSVP, call the OCC office at 405-525-2938 or email Dr. Tabbernee at [email protected]
On Sunday, September 20 the 2015 OCC Interfaith Youth Tour, themed “Vital Exploration” will take place from 1 – 5:30 p.m.
Youth ages 12 and up are invited to an informative tour of three houses of worship in the Oklahoma City metro area. Each venue will feature a faith overview, worship example, and an interactive discussion.
This year’s tour hosts are St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (Christian), Raindrop Turkish House (Muslim), and the Emanuel Synagogue (Jewish). Registration fee is $15 per person, which includes transportation and snacks.
For tour details, click here. The deadline to register is September 16.
It has also been announced that the 2015 OCC Annual Dinner will be held Thursday, November 12 featuring keynote speaker, Professor Martin E. Marty, one of today;s most prominent interpreters of religion and culture.
Marty is the author of more than 50 books, a speaker, columnist, and pastor, as well as having served as a professor of religious history for 35 years at the University of Chicago.
This year’s annual dinner will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 222 N.W. 15th Street, in Oklahoma City. The reception will begin at 5 p.m., with the dinner starting promptly at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person.
OCC is comprised of 16 denominations; 1500 local congregations; ecumenical, Interfaith, and community partners totaling more than half a million Oklahomans.
For more information, visit www.okchurches.org or call 405-525-2928.