God Squad in The Year of Living Digitally
Improbable conversations
on faith + politics

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

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 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. This year’s season is digital until we can safely meet in person, and we’re covering titles that have a lot to do with the challenges of democracy (and civility) in a digital world. Each of our God Squad members will host a program, and we’ll invite new and old friends near and far to join in as the panel. It’s going to be a good one.

Darrick McGhee | Founding Pastor
Bible Based Church
Betsy Ouellette Zierden | Former Pastor
Good Samaritan UMC
Tim Holeda | Parochial Vicar
St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral
Gary Shultz | Pastor
First Baptist Church
Michael Shields | Rabbi
Temple Israel
God Squad Archives!
Squarecast Episode 18 | God Squad | October 2020
Our broken hearts:
Civility (and humanity) in 2020

A conversation bound and determined to transcend everything around us now. We’re going to leave behind all the recriminations about how we got here or whose fault it is for a single golden hour to just be human together. No politics, just people. Bring your lunch and your forgiveness. (Also wish us luck.)

Past event | November 2020 | God Squad | Via Zoom
True Believers: The ascendant "religion" of our political extremes.

America’s hardcore polar political opposites seem to have something striking in common — they evoke a blind, unquestioning faith that feels like religion run amok, each complete with Original Sin, rituals and dogma (and, notably, many swift excommunications). Conversation predicted to include whining about social media.

Squarecast Episode 23 | God Squad | December 2020
What happens when the ‘Good News Club’ isn’t good for me...or my child...

….but gosh…who doesn’t like free ice cream after a day at public school? We thought the holiday season might be just the time of year to walk a mile in the shoes of minority faith traditions, as they navigate both the yuletide season and the public institutions they share with the broader predominantly Christian culture around them.

January 15, 2021 @ Noon | God Squad | Via Zoom
Honoring Dr. King's legacy:
Letter from Birmingham Jail

In celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, we’ll begin 2021 with an important conversation about one of the most iconic and impactful writings in American history. We’ll talk about its prophetic wisdom and its application to our realities of race in America today.

Past Event | God Squad | February 2021
Cancel culture, minority opinion (and the future of humanity)

Cancel culture is now part of a new world order driven by social media and practiced from American college campuses to the halls of power in Washington, D.C. by none other than the 45th President of the United States. If your opinion doesn’t conform, you’re not only exiled but life as you know it could be over. (More whining about social media.)

past event | March 2021 | watch or listen

America is awash right now in conspiracy theories, a phenomena that thrives when anxiety and isolation is high (uh, now). Conspiratorial thinking has found its most fertile ground in all of human history in the dark (and ever-expanding) corners of the internet — throw in a pandemic, a hostile foreign power or two and they may be here to stay.

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.