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).
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.”
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.)
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.
….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.
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.