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Improbable conversations
on faith + politics

Page down on this page to find RSVP links to each individual program for the full season.

Meet the God Squad, the brains behind our series “God Squad: 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 goodwill 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: politics and religion. We can’t wait.

Betsy Ouellette Zierden | Former Pastor
Good Samaritan UMC
Joseph Davis, Jr | Pastor
Truth Gatherers Community Church
Tim Holeda | Parochial Vicar
St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral
Gary Shultz | Pastor
First Baptist Church
Latricia Scriven
Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church
Rabbi Jack Romberg | Facilitator
Village Square Co-Chair
God Squad Archives!
February 24, 2023 @ noon | God Squad | First Baptist Church of Tallahassee
Love Thy Neighbor. No Exceptions?

Love Thy Neighbor. No Exceptions? Does the admonition to love one’s neighbor really come without exceptions? Is everyone my neighbor? And what does love really mean?

March 24, 2023 @ noon | God Squad | First Baptist Church of Tallahassee
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.

past event | sept 2022 | God Squad
Wanted: A few civic heroes.

In celebration of The Village Square’s determination this year to celebrate what’s working and worth emulating (in a world in which much seems broken) God Squad will kick off their 13th season thinking about our fellow humans who have behaved heroically during these challenging times.

past event | oct 2022 | God Squad
Souls to the Polls?
Untangling religion and politics.

It’s an election year. Should churches have political candidates speak at Sunday services? Should clergy tell congregants how to vote? Should congregations organize political rallies or get-out-the-vote efforts? What are the proper lines for religious involvement in politics? And what are the consequences when these lines get crossed?

past event | November 2022 | God Squad
Holy Misconceptions, Batman!
Are we wrong about each other?

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? Come and consider many of the myths, truths, and misunderstandings that everyday people have about religion in America.

Past event | January 2023 | God Squad
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).

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.