God Squad: Political Football, Inc.
Are you “us” or are you “them”? These days every religious, nonprofit and for-profit has to state their opinion on every single political disagreement du jour. We’ll talk about just how advisable this situation is and if there might be a better way.
Created Equal: Black Women & the Fight for Equality
The 8th annual Created Equal program offers us an opportunity to really walk a mile in someone’s shoes. Offered in partnership with Leon County Government, it features Black women from all walks of life—academic experts, industry professionals, and community members. The program examines the histories and current realities of Black women in America and the struggles they continue to face in the areas of health, economy, community, and education.
Chris Stirewalt: Broken News
Our very special guest, a former Fox News political editor, gives us an inside view of the rage-driven political environment we’ve found ourselves plunged into. From Amazon: “Rage revenue-addicted news companies are plagued by shoddy reporting, sensationalism, groupthink, and brain-dead partisan tribalism. Newsrooms rely on emotion-driven blabber to entrance conflict-addled super users.” We think that just about nails it. Don’t miss this warm, funny professional guided tour.
God Squad: Love Thy Neighbor. No Exceptions?
Love Thy Neighbor. No Exceptions? Does the admonition to love one’s neighbor really come without exceptions? Must churches welcome white nationalists? Gay couples? Trump supporters? BLM activists? January 6 sympathizers? Is everyone my neighbor? And what does love really mean? Joining us from God Squad are Latricia Scriven of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Stefanie Posner of Temple Israel, Father Tim Holeda of St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral, Reverend Scott Martin
Local Patriotism, featuring award-winning author Stephen Kiernan
The forces that divide us are big, strong, viral, international in scope and have seemingly infected every system of our body politic. It’s the degree of that rot that has led us back this year to where it all began — to people we’ve come to know over these thirteen years — to this place, these people. Through this tumultuous time, we have come to believe that if we’re going
Daryl Davis: Hate, Undone
When Daryl Davis was ten, he didn’t understand hate yet. But then he was the only black scout in a parade to honor Paul Revere’s ride to Concord, when he began getting hit by bottles. It was then that he formed a question in his mind that he’s spent much of a lifetime answering: “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?” Failing to find his answer
Let Friendship Redeem the Republic: God Squad Edition
Let Friendship Redeem the Republic: God Squad Edition. In our year-long celebration of the superpower of healthy friendships across differences, you’ll meet God Squad’s friends who they don’t quite agree with (and we’ll encourage the audience to bring their own). Then we’ll let friendly disagreement rip (and live to tell). One lucky pair of friends wins Dinner at the Square tickets on us. Joining us for God Squad are Pastor
Holy Misconceptions, Batman!
Holy Misconceptions, Batman! Isn’t Hanukkah the most important holiday to Jews? Don’t Catholics object to sex unless reproduction is the goal? Don’t all religions worship the same God and (more or less) teach the same things? Doesn’t the Bible say that God helps those who help themselves? Come and consider many of the myths, truths, and misunderstandings that everyday people have about religion in America.
Hedrick Smith: Who Stole the American Dream?
Facilitated by Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Klas, our special guest Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, has established himself over more than half a century as one of America’s premier journalists. His best-seller, “Who Stole the American Dream” is a startling and revealing portrait of the past 30 years of U.S. political and economic history, hailed both for
Chloe Valdary: “The Theory of Enchantment”
After spending a year as a Bartley fellow at the Wall Street Journal, Chloé Valdary developed The Theory of Enchantment, an innovative framework for compassionate antiracism that combines social emotional learning, character development, and interpersonal growth as tools for leadership development in the boardroom and beyond. She has also lectured in universities across America, including Harvard and Georgetown. Her work has been covered in Psychology Today Magazine and her writings
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