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Omaha hosts humanist conference

The Heartland Humanist Conference continues this weekend on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Featured speakers include: Fred Edwords, director of planned giving, the American Humanist Association; Andi Grubb, health educator and advocate for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland; Lea Halterman, president of the Iowa Chapter of Compassion and Choices; Jason Heap, executive director of the United Coalition of Reason; Howard Katz, member of the board of directors, the American Humanist Association; Ron Knapp, minister emeritus of the First Unitarian Church of Omaha; Paul Knupp, president and co-founder of the Humanists of Iowa; Clay Farris Naff, freelance science journalist and the science and religion correspondent for The Humanist Magazine.

Conference details can be found at:

All sessions will be held on the UNO campus, Roskens Hall Auditorium 010A. The conference, which will look at the world through the lens of humanism and nontheism, starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and concludes at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Expert talks food policy issues

Nationally known food policy council expert Mark Winne will discuss food policy and the potential for food policy councils in Nebraska at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, 6300 A St.

Winne’s keynote: “Food Policy Opportunities for Nebraska: Growing Healthy Food Systems,” will be followed by a panel discussion.

The free program is hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs.

“Food policy can be hard to navigate. It's even harder to build better policy and make change. That’s where food policy councils and this event come in,” said Kathie Starkweather with the Center for Rural Affairs.

“Food policy councils bring people together from across the food system. Farming, processing, wholesale, retail, restaurants, public health, anti-hunger, government and more. Council members develop policy recommendations and interact with local government to help make those changes happen. Councils operate in almost every state,” she said.

Winne was the executive director of the Hartford Food System, a private nonprofit agency that works on food and hunger issues in the Hartford, Connecticut, area from 1979 to 2003. Currently he works as a speaker and consultant on community food system topics, including hunger and food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community food assessment, and food policy.

For information contact Sandra Renner at or 402-320-3444.

Retreat topic: Finding balance

The Saint Benedict Center near Schuyler will host the retreat: “Ora et Labora: How to Find Balance in Our Lives,” Aug. 28-30.

Prior Mauritius Wilde leads the retreat, focusing on the teachings of Saint Benedict. Participants will learn how to go with the flow of the day’s and the night’s natural rhythms, of summer and winter, of hunger and satisfaction, of sleeping and being awake, of praying and working (ora et labora).

The retreat begins at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. For information or to register call 402-352-8819 or go to


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