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).
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.
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.)
No issue has more deeply and durably divided us than abortion. But that was before The God Squad. Is there a way to step outside of the political anger and move the needle on abortion rates together? And in this roiling political climate and the substantial changes on the Supreme Court, what happens if Roe is overturned?
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.
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.
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!
It’s almost as if the Washington political class knew our fall launch God Squad topic, since the din of media polarization has never been on more full display than it’s been this last summer. We seem to be living in two parallel universes without a common understanding of anything – no wonder there’s a problem. Past time to call in the God Squad!
In this polarized environment, are we allowing our commitment to our political ideology overrule our professed commitment to certain faith-based moral convictions? If forced to choose, do we side with our political tribe and rationalize away any moral conflicts that might create?
Where’s the balance between personal freedom (e.g., to smoke cigarettes, drink 60 oz. sodas, drive without a seatbelt) and the government’s role in ensuring the well-being of its citizens? And who is responsible for the consequences of that freedom? And while we’re on these easy topics, is healthcare a right of citizenship?
After a tragedy, people will say that those affected are in their “thoughts and prayers.” In the digital age, we promote social media awareness through a hashtag (e.g., #prayforparis). How can we genuinely express our faith, especially through public prayer, even in a religiously diverse setting?