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Sunday Gathering: Michelle Morgan, “The Power of Forgiveness”
August 7, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for coffee and conversation.
Sunday Gathering begins at 11 a.m.
Childcare is provided. Everyone is welcome!
Program ends at 12:30 p.m.
Featured Speaker: Michelle Morgan, “The Power of Forgiveness”
Community Moment: James Ritter
Musical Guest: Monique Salazar
While the religious find themselves motivated by a command to forgive, there are a multitude of reasons why the nonreligious should seek to forgive as well. From her experience as former evangelical Christian counselor, Michelle will share stories of “miraculous” forgiveness and outline the practical steps that enable people to forgive. She will also share research findings detailing the mental and physical benefits of forgiving, in the hope that all people, regardless of religious belief or nonbelief, will take up the practice and enjoy the benefits of forgiveness.
About the speaker: Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration and a minor in psychology, but after graduating cum laude, worked only briefly in her field of study before giving up her career to be a full-time homeschool mom, as commanded by her then-held Christian beliefs. During her years in ministry, Michelle served as a youth minister, women’s ministry teacher and Christian counselor; sang with the worship team; traveled to Mexico and Nicaragua on mission trips; and, prior to her deconversion, was in the process of relocating to Nicaragua as a full-time missionary. However, after 16 years of devout service and ministry as an evangelical Christian, Michelle came to believe there wasn’t adequate support for her long-held fundamentalist religious beliefs.
Michelle and her husband, former pastor James Morgan, are members of The Clergy Project and regularly attend Kansas City Oasis where they enjoy offering support and encouragement to others who have made the difficult transition from faith to free-thinking. Together James and Michelle are building a new life with a wonderful blended family of seven children, ages 9 to 17. James sells cybersecurity products and Michelle is a freelance content writer who creates community profiles for real estate websites across the United States and in Canada.
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