Posted by William Nunnelley on 2007-09-25

The Alabama Poverty Project will host a series of programs around Alabama in November to provide the state's faith communities with information and resources about poverty. Dr. Wayne Flynt, professor emeritus at Auburn University and an expert on poverty in the state, will be the featured speaker.

The program will begin with two meetings at Samford University on Thursday, Nov. 15. Samford's Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence is sponsoring the series in partnership with The Paul A. Duffey Institute for Church Leadership at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala.

The first Samford meeting, for Christian church leadership, will begin at 11 a.m. followed by lunch for those registered. The second Samford meeting, for an interfaith audience, will begin at 3:30 p.m. The programs will be in the Samford in Mission Forum and its adjacent auditorium, Room 134, of Brooks Hall, with registration 30 minutes prior to each session.

The schedule of other meetings in different locations will be announced later.

Nick Foster, executive director of the Alabama Poverty Project, stressed that the organization wants to provide faith leaders the kind of resources that will enable them to "lead their congregations to be effective in alleviating poverty."

To register in advance, send an email to or call 205 939-1408. For more information, call Foster at the same number or email

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