2016-17 Faith, Food, Friday Season
Improbable conversations
on faith + politics

Meet the God Squad, the brains behind our series “Faith, Food, Friday: Improbable conversations for people of faith and no faith at all (because talking politics wasn’t hard enough). We hope you’ll join us as we explore what happens when people of good will who might not agree cross each others’ thresholds and break a little bread together. Whoever you are, whatever your beliefs, bring an open mind, an open heart (and an empty stomach) for a continuing conversation on the two topics your mother taught you to never broach in polite company. Faith, Food, Friday is $8 if you register through the Tuesday ahead of each program ($10 after) and free if you’d like to bring your own lunch (or not eat).

Jack Romberg | Rabbi
Temple Israel
Betsy Ouellette Zierden | Pastor
Good Samaritan UMC
Josh Hall | Pastor
First Baptist Church
Darrick McGhee | Founding Pastor
Bible Based Church
Tim Holeda | Parochial Vicar
St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral
Past event | December 2016

Atomization. We live in an age when we can summon up a personally tailored life experience with the touch of a button. We’re so programmed to receive instant gratification that the complexities and compromise of building community wear quickly.      

Past event | January 2017
Life or Death? Faith and the Death Penalty

Life or Death? Faith and the Death Penalty This is a hard conversation, one with wide differences of opinion, but also one we’ve almost just given up on ever managing to agree on. So this season we’re having difficult, unflinching conversation The God Squad specializes in.      

Past event | February 2017
Islam and Western Liberal Democracy

Is Islam compatible with Western democracy? With the concerning escalation of rhetoric amid calls to stop Muslims from immigrating, we’ll have this conversation across faiths and with our Muslim friends, as usual. Joining us is special guest Dr. Parvez Ahmed.

The Freedom of Conscience

Freedom of Conscience It’s likely that there truly is no freedom more dear to Americans and more central to our national character than our freedom of conscience. But in the era where we seek agreement and approval, it rankles us when others don’t hold our same values and don’t hew to our personal moral compass. […]

Past event | god squad | april 2017
Exit the Echo Chamber: Fake News, Filter Bubbles and Faith

Exit the Echo Chamber: Fake News, Filter Bubbles and Faith Summer is right around the corner and we know you have plans – fishing, sunbathing, a summer read or two? Whatever you’re up to, we say you add just one more to-do: “Save the planet by escaping the echo chamber.” Doable.      

past event | november 2016
Hope. No Matter Who Wins.

Hope. We figured we’d take the opportunity – before we know any election results – to find reasons for real hope.  Who better than the God Squad to give us a reason to feel a little better – whichever side of the aisle you’re about to fill in the bubble for on Tuesday.    

past event | october 2016
Why are we so angry?

Something seems different about the political anger right now – it seems to have escalated to a point where it feels that we’re actually in danger of losing our moorings. It feels like the ties that bind us are disintegrating in ways that feel unfamiliar and dangerous.

past event | september 2016
Walls and Bridges:
Our world in a time of challenge.

This summer’s shooting in Orlando re-ignited the swirl of issues that make up our ongoing civic tornado. But it also seemed to also bring with it a more complex subtext as culture war issues collided so uniquely in the tragedy and its aftermath.