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Character and Spirit Worship Series – Frances Perkins
February 3, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Every Sunday through March 3, 2019 Campus Ministry will be hosting its Character and Spirit Worship Series. Each of these events will highlight a character with spirit. It will begin at 7 p.m. with a short presentation, followed by discussion and prayer, and closing with a pizza party in the Chapel of St. Matthew’s first floor student lounge. All students and employees are invited, and urged to bring a friend with them. Below is information on this week’s character(s).
FEBRUARY 3 – FRANCES PERKINS
(born Fannie Coralie Perkins: 1880-1965)
Frances was an American sociologist and workers-rights advocate who served as the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, the longest serving in that position, and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. As a loyal supporter of her friend, Franklin D. Roosevelt, she helped pull the labor movement into the New Deal coalition. She and Interior Secretary Harold L. Ickes were the only original members of the Roosevelt cabinet to remain in office for his entire presidency. During her term as Secretary of Labor, Perkins, called the “conscience of FDR,” developed and executed many aspects of the New Deal, including the Civilian Conservation Corps. With the Social Security Act she established unemployment benefits, pensions for the many uncovered elderly Americans, and welfare for the poorest Americans. She pushed to reduce workplace accidents and helped craft laws against child labor. As a devout and learned convert to the Episcopal Church, she presented papers and led symposia on the relationship of faith to the public order.