Check out last year’s programs while you wait for next year
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).

Tim Holeda | Parochial Vicar
St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral
Jack Romberg | Rabbi
Temple Israel
Betsy Ouellette Zierden | Pastor
Good Samaritan UMC
Darrick McGhee | Founding Pastor
Bible Based Church
Gary Shultz | Pastor
First Baptist Church
December 7, 2018 @ Noon | God Squad | St. Thomas More
Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues to Change the World. Just in time for the holidays.

Ben Franklin wrote about 13 virtues that develop character. We thought it might be past time to take stock of how we’re living into them – we’re guessing there’s some room for improvement? (The Village Square is partnering with 92Y to offer host Ben Franklin Circles all year. Contact Liz for more info.)

January 25, 2019 @ Noon | God Squad | Temple Israel
Race + Sports:
Here's to you Jackie Robinson, at 100

Jackie Robinson would be 100 next week. On April 15th 1947, he stepped onto Ebbets Field as a Brooklyn Dodger, breaking the color barrier in a segregated sport. In celebration of the 100th year of his birth, we’ll talk about issues swirling in the sports world around race and we’ll consider the progress made through sports.

February 15, 2019 @ Noon | God Squad | Good Samaritan UMC
Anomie:
When our bonds break

Sociologist Emile Durkheim pioneered the concept of anomie – when the bonds between individuals and society begin to break. Occurring in times of rapid societal change, it’s a cause of the kind of alienation and purposelessness on the rise today – and may contribute to opioid use, suicide and even gun violence.

March 8, 2019 @ Noon | God Squad | First Baptist Church
Broadway + God Squad: Life Lessons from Musical Theatre (with music)

Eight years of God Squad and we haven’t once expected song. To immediately address this, God Squad is going to Broadway!! From South Pacific to Avenue Q to (uh, of course) Wicked, we’ll dive into the moral lessons that are possibly most powerfully conveyed with jazz hands and while wearing tap shoes. Virtues, vice and costume – it’s all there.

Friday, April 5, 2019 @ Noon | Temple Israel | God Squad
Jack's Choice.
(The Wild Card + Bon Voyage Edition)

God Squad began over a breakfast meeting between Jack Romberg and St. John’s Dave Killeen. Almost 70 gatherings (and so many friendships) later, we’ll say goodbye to Jack as he heads to NYC. Help us send him off in style with a topic of his choice. You’ll find out the topic on April 5 exactly when The Squad does!

November 2, 2018 @ Noon | God Squad | Good Samaritan UMC
What's happening to us?
A conversation between neighbors.

The tragic events of the last week have devastated an already polarized country. As we head into a divisive election we seem to lack the capacity to be together even in times of national grief and trauma. So we’ve asked the God Squad to provide some much-needed perspective in this storm. Whether you’re a God Squad regular or you’ve never been, we hope you’ll join us.

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.