Free symposium explores finding happiness in challenging times

Challenges ranging from gun violence and severe weather to war and political rhetoric can take a heavy toll on us — but there are ways to find hope and joy even during challenging times, according to One Human Family of the QCA

The nonprofit will present “Happiness in a Difficult World,” a free symposium featuring University of Iowa religion and ethics Professor Dr. Diana Fritz Cates, from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 6, at the Scott Community College Urban Center, 101 W. 2nd St., Davenport.

“Every day, we are bombarded with darkness, but somehow we need to find a way to take on another day. We can find solace and camaraderie with our neighbors and others who are raising awareness and helping families and individuals in our area,” Joanie Demmer, One Human Family of the QCA member and an event organizer, said in a news release.

“Through this symposium, we hope to address some of the negative issues we are surrounded by and discuss ways that people are making a positive difference in our community — lifelines that can help us move forward in a more positive way.” 

In the release, Dr. Cates said “How you think of and picture God makes all the difference in the world to your sense of empowerment,” noting that living within a religious worldview or narrative can have an impact on people’s thinking, perceptions, emotional sensibilities and decision-making. She will explore this topic in her presentation at the symposium, whose title comes from a course she teaches at the University of Iowa, the release states.

Breakout sessions will feature: Tracy Singleton from the Lincoln Center; Ann Schwickerath with Project Renewal; Gail Karp and Marwa Genena with the Sisterhood of Salaam/Shalom; Dr. Kit Ford with the Argrow House; Moms Demand Action; LGBTQ+ issues and discussion; Rabbi Henry Karp; and The Teen Diversity Group from Davenport Central High School.

For more information, visit here or call Ms. Demmer at (563) 343-8936.

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