Men's Breakfast with Speaker Mark Thompson

sat22jun8:00 amsat10:00 am8:00 am - 10:00 am Men's Breakfast with Speaker Mark Thompson

Event Details

Saturday, June 22, 2024 Men’s Breakfast

Time: 8-10 AM

Breakfast before speaker: Pancakes, pork sausages, coffee, cut up fruit in a bowl.

Suggested Donation for food: $10/man, please bring on June 22

Speaker: Mark Thompson’s Topic:

Is the United States a democracy or a republic? Does it make any difference? Why is it so difficult for the federal government to accomplish anything? Our structure of government seems so complicated. In a movie a few years ago, a Congressman is asked why is Congress saying one thing and doing nothing, to which the Congressman replies: “Well, it’s tradition mostly.” 2024 is a Presidential election year (didn’t we just have one?). We have a President and a former President. The program will not be a political discussion but will help you look at the federal government and issues in the news from a different perspective – through the lens of our Constitution – to provide context and a better understanding.  I also plan to bring some items for display.

Mark Thompson’s background: 

Southminster member Mark Thompson has had a very interesting, varied career. He is a former Assistant State’s Attorney, former judge in the State’s administrative legal system, former Deputy Director in the enforcement division of the Illinois Secretary of State, former Legal Counsel to the Lt. Governor, and now Deputy General Counsel for Professional Regulation in the Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation overseeing legal issues related to professional licensure. During his senior year of college, he was a Congressional intern in the House of Representatives in Washington. He also was an adjunct professor in the 1990s teaching government and the Constitution. He has a BA in history and political science from Augustana College and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law. He has been a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois since 1980. In addition, he holds licenses to practice before the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals, and in March 2024, he was granted a license to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Opportunities to Signup for this Event:

1.    Signup before or after the Sunday worship service on June 2, 9, or 16th.

2.    Call or email Dennis Rich:  224-520-2831


(Saturday) 8:00 am - 10:00 am