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Previous Speaking Engagements 

If your group wants to hear Keith Akers speak, send me e-mail and we can talk.   Send e-mail to:
  

Keith has spoken to groups in the United Church of Christ, Unity School of Christianity, Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, and Friends meetings, as well as to vegetarian groups, animal rights groups, peace groups, intentional communities and co-housing groups, and others throughout the U. S. and Canada.  He has covered such diverse topics as simple living, nonviolence, Christianity, religion, philosophy, and vegetarianism.  The locations include: 

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Topeka, Kansas
Kansas City, Missouri
Seymour, Missouri
Sarvis Point, Missouri
Springfield, Missouri
North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Richmond, Virginia
Williamsburg, Virginia
Washington, D. C.
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Fredonia, New York
Rochester, New York
Ann Arbor, Michigan
London, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
Livonia, Michigan
Massilon, Ohio
Denver, Colorado
Seattle, Washington
Victoria, British Columbia
Langley, British Columbia
Poulsbo, Washington
Port Townsend, Washington
Portland, Oregon
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Sonora, California
Los Gatos, California
San Francisco, California
Bakersfield, California
Hemet, California
Oceanside, California
San Diego, California
Palmdale, California

2001, in the U. S. A. unless otherwise noted:

Tuesday, October 2 in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.  Wilkes County Public Library, 215 10th Street, in the Friends of the Library Meeting Room (lower level of the library), 6:30 p. m.  FREE.  For more information call James Ruszczyk at 336-838-2818.  

Saturday, October 6 in Richmond, Virginia.  St. John's Wood Clubhouse, Jahnke Rd., Richmond, VA. Vegetarian potluck dinner at 5:30, talk at 7:00 p. m.  For information call 804-344-4356, Vegetarian Society of Richmond. Details on website, www.ivu.org/vsr.

Tuesday, October 9, in Williamsburg, Virginia.  William & Mary Campus, Williamsburg.  7:00 p. m. in Blair 223.  For more information: call Jeff Boghosian at (757) 564-6980 or e-mail the William & Mary vegetarians at veggie@wm.edu.  
Directions: In Williamsburg, at the intersection of Richmond Rd. and Scotland St. pull into the W&M Football Stadium Parking Lot.  Drive the length of the parking lot, proceed through the stop sign and follow the road as it turns LEFT.  Blair Hall is the first building on the right.  Parking is available next to Old Dominion Hall on the left (or in the Football Stadium Parking Lot).  The discussion is in 223 Blair Hall at 7 pm.  

Saturday, October 13, in Washington, D. C.  Speaker at the VegFest.  Keith Akers will be one of the featured speakers at this event, to be held from 11 a. m. to 7 p. m. at the American University’s Ward Circle Building, lower level, in Washington, D. C. Co-sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of D. C. and the American University Animal Rights Effort.  Other speakers include Karen Davis, Brian Halweil, Alex Hershaft, Dr. Samuel DeShay, and Bruce Friedrich.  For more information, contact the VSDC at 202-362-VEGY or visit www.vsdc.org.  

Sunday, October 14, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  Join Club VEG and VSSJ for a joint event at Singapore Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant in CHERRY HILL, NJ (free parking) for a family style dinner with great food and good company followed by a talk by guest speaker Keith Akers.  6 PM - 8 PM.  Cost is $17 for members, $19 for nonmembers.  Reservations and prepayment required by October 7.  Sponsored by Club Veg of Philadelphia and the Vegetarian Society of South Jersey.  For information, directions or to RSVP, please call 484-530-2660 or email us <philly@clubveg.org>.  Send checks to Club VEG, PO Box 25815, Philadelphia, PA  19128.

Wednesday, October 17, in Fredonia, New York.  Vegan dinner, followed by a talk by Keith Akers.  6:15 p. m. at the United Methodist Church in the heart of downtown Fredonia, 25 Church St., just behind the gazebo on the right hand side.  Sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Chautauqua-Allegheny.  For further information, call Brenda Bruner at (716) 679-0558 or John Cayer at (716) 664-5141.  Cost: $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers. 

Thursday, October 18, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  7:30 p. m. at the Friends Meeting House, 1420 Hill St., Ann Arbor.  The author will give a talk and then autograph copies of his book afterward.  Sponsored by the Vegetarian Information Network (VINE).  For more info: e-mail VINE or call (734) 4 A VEGAN.  Free will donations accepted to help VINE with expenses.  

Sunday, October 21, in Rochester, New York.  Sponsored by the Rochester Area Vegetarian Society.  Brighton Town Park Lodge, 777 Westfall Rd., Brighton, New York.  Vegan potluck; dinner starts at 5:30, talk at 7:15 p.m.  Cost: $3 + vegan dish.  For more information: Contact 716-234-8750 (RAVS hotline).

Directions to lodge: from Route 390, take exit 16 (E. Henrietta Rd. Or Rte. 15A).  Go north on E. Henrietta Rd. for a short distance.  Then, turn right on Westfall Rd.  The lodge is on the right hand side of Westfall Rd. Just before the major intersection with S. Clinton. The street address is 777 Westfall Rd., but the driveway is called "Haudenosaunee Trail." There is a large permanent sign: "Brighton Town Park."

Wednesday, October 24, in Massillon, Ohio.  Sponsored by Unity Church of Truth in Massillon, Ohio, at 4016 Wales N. W., Massillon, Ohio.  7:00 p. m.  Love offering requested.  For more information: call Unity Church of Truth at 330-837-3737.

Thursday, October 25, in Ann Arbor,  Michigan.  Sponsored by Guild House, at 802 Monroe, Ann Arbor.  Talks at 1:00 p. m. and 7:30 p. m.  FREE.  For more information: contact Judy Jahnke at (734) 662-5189.  

Friday, October 26, in London, Ontario, Canada.  130 Falcon Street, at the Peach Blossom Karate / Kung-Fu Temple.  7:00 p. m.   Call Mike Shaw at (519) 455-5695 or (519) 453-1721 for more information.  

Saturday, October 27, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  3:00 p. m. at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., one block north of Bloor, in the Beeton West Room.  Cost: donation requested.  Sponsored by the Toronto Vegetarian Association and Mystic Bear.  

Sunday, October 28, in Livonia, Michigan.  1:00 p. m.  Dinner with the Fillmore's Vegetarian Potluck, at Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Road (East of Middlebelt), Livonia, Michigan.  Cost: love offering requested.  For more information call Flo or Jerry Schneble at 313-541-0162.  

Tuesday, December 18, in Denver, Colorado.  7:30 p. m.  "Why Be Christian?"  Meeting of the UUCF (Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship) at First Universalist Church of Denver, at the corner of E. Hampden and S. Colorado.  Free.  For more information: call the First Universalist Church at 303-759-2770.  

2002

Sunday, January 6, in Denver, Colorado.  5 p. m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church at East 16th Avenue and Ogden.  Free.  Sponsored by the Buddhist-Christian Community of St. Paul's.  For more information: contact Toni Cook, 303-324-9482.  

Wednesday, February 13, in Denver, Colorado.  Workshop on "The Lost Religion of Jesus," part 1 of 5.  7:30 p. m. - 9:00 p. m. at the First Universalist Church of Denver, at the corner of E. Hampden and S. Colorado.  Cost: $2.  For more information: call the First Universalist Church at 303-759-2770.  

Wednesday, February 20, in Denver, Colorado.  Workshop on "The Lost Religion of Jesus," part 2 of 5.  7:30 p. m. - 9:00 p. m. at the First Universalist Church of Denver, at the corner of E. Hampden and S. Colorado.  Cost: $2.  For more information: call the First Universalist Church at 303-759-2770.  

Wednesday, February 27, in Denver, Colorado.  Workshop on "The Lost Religion of Jesus," part 3 of 5.  7:30 p. m. - 9:00 p. m. at the First Universalist Church of Denver, at the corner of E. Hampden and S. Colorado.  Cost: $2.  For more information: call the First Universalist Church at 303-759-2770.  

Wednesday, March 6, in Denver, Colorado.  Workshop on "The Lost Religion of Jesus," part 4 of 5.  7:30 p. m. - 9:00 p. m. at the First Universalist Church of Denver, at the corner of E. Hampden and S. Colorado.  Cost: $2.  For more information: call the First Universalist Church at 303-759-2770.  

Wednesday, March 13, in Denver, Colorado.  Workshop on "The Lost Religion of Jesus," part 5 of 5.  7:30 p. m. - 9:00 p. m. at the First Universalist Church of Denver, at the corner of E. Hampden and S. Colorado.  Cost: $2.  For more information: call the First Universalist Church at 303-759-2770.  

Wednesday, May 8, in Seattle, Washington.  "Was Jesus a vegetarian?"  6:30 p. m. at the Cafe Ambrosia, 2501 Fairview Avenue East, Seattle WA 98102.  Sponsored by the Vegetarians of Washington.  Cost: $15+tax for members, $20+tax for nonmembers (includes dinner).   For more information: call the Vegetarians of Washington at 206-706-2635, make reservations at www.vegofwa.org, or send e-mail to info@vegofwa.org.

Friday, May 10, in Victoria, British Columbia.  "Was Jesus a Vegetarian who preached Nonviolence and Simple Living?"  Held at First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral, 7:00 p. m. - 9 p. m.   Donation requested.  Sponsored by the Vancouver Island Vegetarian Association (VIVA) and the First Metropolitan United Church (FMUC).  For more information: contact VIVA at (250) 386-2100 or FMUC at (250) 388-5188.  

Sunday, May 12, in Victoria, British Columbia.  Lesson topic: "Simple Living in Early Christianity."  Unity Church of Victoria, 2750 Quadra Street (near Hillside in Victoria).  Service begins at 10:30 a. m.  Question and answer session to follow service.  For more information, call Unity Church of Victoria at (250) 382-1613. 

Tuesday, May 14, in Langley, British Columbia.  "The Lost Religion of Jesus."  Held at the Windsong Community in Langley.  

Friday, May 17, in Poulsbo, Washington.  "The Lost Religion of Jesus."  Shared meal at 6:00 p. m., talk at 7:00 p. m.  Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, 16159 Clear Creek Road, Poulsbo, WA 98370.  A vegetarian meal will be provided but please feel free to bring a vegetarian dish to share if you would like.   Sponsored by Pax Christi Poulsbo.  For more information, contact Stephen Augustine, Phone: 360-779-1210 or send e-mail to: saugusti@krl.org.  

Sunday, May 19, in Port Townsend, Washington.  Unity Center of Port Townsend, at the Masonic Temple at Jefferson and Van Buren (one block behind the Post Office).   Service begins at 11:00 a. m.  Lesson topic: "The Lost Religion of Jesus."  For more information: call David DiPrete at (360) 385-6521.

Sunday, May 19, in Portland, Oregon. Vegetarian Potluck begins at 5:00 p. m., talk at 6:30 p. m. Sponsored by EarthSave of Portland/Vancouver.  Held at the Friends Meeting Hall, 4312 SE Stark St. in Portland.  Bring a vegetarian or vegan entree or dessert for 4-6 people.  For further information: contact EarthSave Portland/Vancouver chapter by e-mail at portland@earthsave.org or call (503) 224-7380.

July 31 -- August 4, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  Keith Akers will speak several times at the North American Vegetarian Society's "Vegetarian Summerfest" conference.  Contact the North American Vegetarian Society for details.  

Sunday, October 6.  Sonora, California.  Sunday morning talk at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tuolumne County followed by discussion.  10:30 a. m., 14195 Tuolumne Rd., Sonora, CA.  

Sunday, October 13.  Los Gatos, California.  Sunday morning talk at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos, 15980 Blossom Hill Rd., at 10:30 a. m.  For more information, call the Fellowship at 408-358-1212, or e-mail them at contact@lguf.org.  

Sunday, October 13.  San Francisco, California.  "Vegetarianism and World Religions."  3:00 p. m. in Fort Mason A in San Francisco.  This is part of the all-day "World Vegetarian Day" celebration sponsored by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society. $5 donation requested.  Get ready for this: Fort Mason Center has no street address.  The entrance is at the intersection of Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St. in the Marina district.  For more information, e-mail the San Francisco Vegetarian Society or give them a call at 415-273-5481.  

Tuesday, October 15.  Bakersfield, California.  7:00 p. m., sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kern County.   98 Sterling Road in Bakersfield.  There will be a two-hour in-depth talk and discussion.  For more information: call Alice Cook, (661) 833-8607.

Wednesday, October 16.  Hemet, California.  7:00 p. m.  Sponsored by the Unity Valley church, 140 N. Buena Vista St., Hemet, CA 92543.  Love offering.  For more information: call Unity Valley Church at 909-658-4290. 

Friday, October 18.  Talk in San Diego area on Friday night.  Contact Narendra Sheth at (858) 693-8272 for time and exact location.    

Saturday, October 19.  Oceanside, California.  6:00 p. m.  Talk sponsored by Club Veg of San Diego.  220 N. El Camino Real, Oceanside, CA 92054, at the clubhouse.  This is a potluck; bring a vegan dish to share or a musical instrument to play plus $5, or just yourself plus $10.  
    The location is 220 N. El Camino Real, Oceanside, in the clubhouse. Thomas Guide reference is: P.1086, G3. This is a mobile home park called "El Camino 76". It is just north of Mission Ave., between Los Arbolitos and Coco Palms, on the left (west) side. Park on Coco Palms and walk to the clubhouse which is just inside the entrance to the park. Please do not park on the street inside the park. 
    Please e-mail or phone Club Veg if you are coming.  Please contact Club Veg of San Diego at (760) 757-1033 or send them e-mail.  (You may also contact them for more information as well.)

Sunday, October 20. Palmdale, California.  Sunday morning talk followed by workshop.  10:00 a. m. at the Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 Eighth Street E., Palmdale, CA 93550; workshop at 1:00 p. m.  For more information, call Unity Church of Antelope Valley at 661-273-3341.

2003

Thursday, March 6, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  "How Vegetarian Was Jesus?"  7:00 p. m.  Held at the Salt Lake City public library, 209 East 500 South, in the main auditorium.  Sponsored by MormonVeg.  For further details: contact Jim Catano, 801-376-3570.

Sunday March 9, Fremont, California, at the Fremont Congregational Church.  10:00 service, plus questions and answers afterwards.  38255 Blacow Rd., Fremont, CA 94536.  More information: call the church at 510-793-3970 or visit their website.  

Sunday, March 9, in San Francisco.   "Influence of Pythagorean vegetarianism on ancient religious and secular movements."  Potluck at 6:00 p. m., talk at 7:30 - 8:30 talk. 3600 Geary Blvd., "Institute on Aging" in San Francisco.  Cost: $3 + vegetarian dish.  For more information, visit their website or call (415) 273-LIV1.

Monday, March 10, in Auburn, California.  "The Lost Religion of Jesus."  7:00 p. m. to 8:30 p. m.  11546 "D" Ave., Auburn, CA 95603.  For directions or further information, see www.newfaithucc.org.  Sponsored by New Faith Community Church. 

Tuesday, March 11, in Sacramento, California.  "Was Jesus a Vegetarian?"  7:00 p. m. at 1600 50th St. in Sacramento.  Sponsored by the Sacramento Vegetarian Society.  Talk, with questions and answers and refreshments afterwards.  For more information: call the SVS at (916) 554-7090, or SVS members can call the President at home.  

Thursday, March 13, in San Jose, California.  1041 Morse Avenue in San Jose, 7:00 p. m. to 8:30 p. m.  Sponsored by the San Jose Friends Meeting.  Evening talk and discussion. 

Sunday, March 16, in the early afternoon.  Talk and discussion following the morning service and a light vegetarian luncheon.  Sponsored by the Congregational Church of San Mateo, 225 Tilton Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401-2825.  For more information, visit their website or call them at 650-343-3694.

Sunday, March 16, 7:00 p. m.  Sponsored by the Skyline Community United Church of Christ, 12540 Skyline Blvd., Oakland CA 94619.  For more information, call the church at (510) 531-8212 or visit their website

Thursday, March 20, 7:00 p. m., in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Held at the Unity Church, 3205 N. 12th, in Grand Junction.  Sponsored by Unity Church and the Vegetarian Society of Colorado.  For more information, call (970) 243-4550.  

2006

Wednesday evenings, 5 sessions, in January-February, in Denver, Colorado.  This course will examine "The Lost Religion of Jesus" by reading Keith Akers' book of the same title.  It was the earliest followers of Jesus, the Jewish Christians, who understood Jesus better than any of the gentile Christian groups.  Course fee: $30.  Held January 25, February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 7:30 p. m. to 9:30 p. m.  First Universalist Church, 4101 E. Hampden Ave., Denver, Colorado, Room 4.  More info: call First Universalist at 303-759-2770 x 35.  

2008

Sunday, November 9, 10:30 - 11:30 a. m. at St.  Paul's United Methodist Church.  Keith will give the message at the Sunday morning service.  

This page updated on February 9, 2009.