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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’re digital for the rest of 2021, and then we’re back to hanging out with you in the real world.  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
Michael Shields | Rabbi
Temple Israel
Dan Leshem, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Hillel FSU
Rev. Trinity Whitley | Associate Pastor
Faith Presbyterian Church
God Squad Archives!
October 29, 2021 @ NOON | God Squad | via zoom
Faith, Family, Football: Remembering the Spiritual Legacy of FSU Coach Bobby Bowden

Florida State University’s football coaching legend Bobby Bowden no doubt left his mark on the game. But here in his hometown, we know that the deepest impact might have been because of the man he was — “football, faith, and family.” We’ll pay tribute to him, “dadgummit.”

December 10, 2021 @ NOON | God Squad | via zoom
Exhausted with politics?
A spiritual framework to move forward.

Everything has become political, high conflict and seemingly inescapable as the electromagnetic suck of angry politics forces us to be either “us” or “them,” when most of us would rather do nothing of the sort. We’ll look for higher ground together.

January 28, 2022 @ NOON | God Squad | LOCATION TBD
Spiritual lessons of a pandemic: Can this trauma possibly make us better humans? 

It’s really easy to be in touch right now with the dark side of human nature that’s been so thoroughly highlighted through the pandemic, but is there something else to see?  Maybe transcendence, empathy and heroic self-sacrifice? 

February 25, 2022 @ NOON | God Squad | LOCATION TBD
Empathy in the Age
of Schadenfreude

As the political landscape has devolved into a Mad Max hellscape of blame and retribution (and sometimes even worse), can we find a way to wrestle up a little empathy for our fellow human, even the ones who we don’t agree with?

March 25, 2022 @ NOON | God Squad | LOCATION TBD
Lonely and Extreme: A conversation about how to really fix extremism

Given the dangerous rise of political extremism in America, it’s well past time we stopped wagging our fingers and do a bit of soul searching of our own about why our society is producing so many citizens unmoored from the connections that support moderation. 

April 29, 2022 @ NOON | God Squad | LOCATION TBD
The Skeptics have their say.

Meet “The Skeptics,” a DIY lay version of “God Squad” (a Jew, a Catholic, a Mormon, and an atheist) who have forged deep friendships by gathering regularly to discuss spiritual topics in a respectful manner where disagreement is both welcomed and appreciated. They’ll let us in on an hour of their private conversation.

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.