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Check out past years of God Squad programming. Trust us, it’s eternal.
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).

past event | 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.”

PAST EVENTS | December 2021 | God Squad
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.

Past event | January 28, 2022 @ NOON | God Squad | VIA ZOOM
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? 

past event | February 2022 | God Squad
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?

Past Event | March 2022 | God Squad | First Baptist Church of Tallahassee
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. 

past event, april 2022 | God Squad | VIA ZOOM
The Skeptics have their say.

Meet “The Skeptics,” a DIY lay version of “God Squad” (a Catholic, a Mormon, a Protestant, 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.

Squarecast Episode 18 | God Squad | October 2020
Our broken hearts:
Civility (and humanity) in a pandemic.

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.