(From left) Active Parenting
leader Bill Gunlock and JoAnne Kelty, treasurer of Active Parenting-North
Minneapolis, stand beside a sign posted outside Community of
Christ Church. The weatherproof sign invites all members of the
community to attend Active Parenting classes. Program dates,
times and age groups are easily altered by changing the small
Velcro® sections at the bottom of the sign. (Photo by program
supporter and host Patti Robino.)
The words "Welcome Community" are prominently displayed
in the signs and promotion Bill Gunlock does for his Active Parenting
classes offered as a public service at Community of Christ in
Minneapolis. Gunlock, who has been teaching for 45 years (including
five years in a correctional facility), promotes his "non-faith-based"
classes with flyers sent home with students of the Minneapolis
City Schools, through the courts and through nonprofit agencies.
The classes are sponsored by the Dreyfus Health Foundation, Minneapolis
Church and Community Initiatives, Minneapolis Council of Churches;
and Community of Christ.
Further south in Kansas City, Active Parenting Leader Jean
Humphrey has been teaching Active Parenting Today, Active
Parenting of Teens and Cooperative Parenting and Divorce
through several local churches for eight years. She promotes
the classes through the churches, hospitals, day care centers,
and United Way agencies. "We do not proselytize about religion,"
she explains. "When people are helped to make changes in
their family life and supported by the class leader they go out
and tell friends, relatives and co-workers about the classes."
Humphrey also gets referrals from the courts and non-profit agencies,
lamenting, "I can't run enough classes for all the calls