Our special speaker this week is Steven Kling, a former US Army Captain, a husband, Father, IT Professional, and candiate for Texas Senate SD25.
Steven, a fifthgeneration Texan, has lived in the Austin area since 2001 with his wife Kelsey and twin boys, Everett and Elliott. They moved to Dripping Springs in 2013.
The son of two generations of educators, Steven grew up in San Angelo, TX attending Central High School and graduating from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a BBA in Marketing. Steven has answered the call to service before and his story exemplifies his commitment to his country, state and community. After 9/11, he placed his career in IT on hold, joining a Special Operations unit of the U.S. Army known as Civil Affairs. It’s mission: to protect refugees and rebuild societies torn apart by war. Steven served two combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and is a recipient of the Bronze Star, the Combat Action Badge and the Joint Services Commendation Medal. Steven left the Reserve after 11 years of distinguished service, serving as both enlisted and officer, and achieving the rank of Captain. He is currently Principal of Product Development at Praecipio Consulting, an Information Technology firm based in Austin. The current corrosive, tribalized political environment has convinced him to return to fight for his community in a new capacity as a Texas State Senator.
Defending Public Education:
Both good and bad, religion plays a critical role in human society and civilization. Yet in various times of technological upheaval religious institutions feeling threatened by perceived challenges to their authority, place themselves in direct and often violent opposition to human progress. Facilitated by the advent of public education, our civilization is experiencing an unparalleled pace of technological change. The anxieties and threats posed by this pace of change are as real and its benefits. Yet the narrative is stuck in the ideological, not the practical realm. Attacks by religious extremist on scientific enlightenment not only threaten individual freedoms and prevent dialog on actual threats and solutions (i.e. Climate Change, AI, the Technology Gap) they are now actively undermining the public education system that helped create the most prosperous and peaceful era in human history.
Live music by Lindsay Haisley and Cheryl Dehut. Lindsay has been playing for audiences in Texas and around the country since 1974 and is known nationally as one of the world's top autoharpists. His repertoire and style have pushed the instrument into new musical territory embracing jazz, ragtime, and modern and traditional popular standards. lindsayhaisley.com/
Austin Oasis is a secular alternative to faith-based community. Oasis welcomes everyone to join us for our weekly Sunday morning gathering, which consists of discussion, a presentation, coffee, and live music from some of Austin’s best singer-songwriters. Austin Oasis talks are grounded in reason and celebrate the human experience. Every week, our community gathers to gain knowledge and inspiration from our growing list of educated speakers. Our goal is for our community to be exposed to diverse secular points of view from leading minds in the Freethought world.
***Doors open at 11 am for coffee and conversation.
Sunday Gathering begins at 11:15 am with live music.
Childcare is provided. Everyone is welcome!