Nurture Denver Denver, Colo.
Loving Our City's Laborers
Thursday, Aug. 19 11:30 a.m.
As Colorado recovers from the pandemic, many professionals are getting back to “normal,” yet many low-income and hourly wage workers – almost half of working Americans – face familiar challenges: increasing cost of housing, healthcare, and education; access to affordable childcare; financial strain; the need for costly retraining for new jobs; and often a lack of respect for their jobs.
How might Christian faith shed light on the under-recognized value hourly wage workers contribute to our economy and city? What are the barriers they face to self-sufficiency and human flourishing? What can managers and leaders practically do to “love your neighbors” in your company who may be facing economic, social, spiritual or family challenges?
Join DIFW Founder Jeff Haanen and a panel of local experts to discuss how historic Christian faith can help us better understand working class communities, reframe tensions between labor and management, and give practical guidance on how workplaces and business leaders can foster belonging, community, and shared prosperity for all workers.
Jeff Haanen is a writer and entrepreneur. He founded Denver Institute for Faith & Work, a community of conveners, teachers and learners offering experiences and educational resources on the gospel, work, and community renewal. He is the author of An Uncommon Guide to Retirement: Finding God’s Purpose for the Next Season of Life and an upcoming two-book series on spiritual formation, vocation, and the working class for Intervarsity Press. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Denver and attends Wellspring Church in Englewood, Colorado.
James Coleman is a Colorado State Senator, Senate District 33, and Executive Director at FaithBridge. FaithBridge is a local nonprofit mobilizing faith communities to improve K-12 education in the State of Colorado. James serves in leadership as the Colorado House Majority Co-Whip, and serves as Vice-Chair of the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee, and sits on both the House Education Committee and House Appropriations Committee.
J.J. Ament is the CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Corporation, a regional economic development organization serving more than 70 municipalities, counties, and local economic development organizations in a 9-county region along Colorado's front range. Ament leads the organization in its mission to attract, expand and retain top businesses in the metro Denver and Northern Colorado region.
Julie Stone is the Investment Director of Family Economic Mobility at Gary Community Investments, a company that is committed to propelling Denver's low-income families toward lasting self-sufficiency. Julie supports families in the Metro Area through deep community engagement, policy, and advocacy work, engaging with for-profit, market-driven solutions, and building solutions.