Faith, Food, Friday - featuring "The God Squad" - is a project of The Village Square, devoted to building community across divides.
This program is co-sponsored by:
"No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civic authority." -- Thomas Jefferson
It's likely that there truly is no freedom more dear to Americans and more central to our national character than our freedom of conscience - a concept that, in fact, has deep roots in America's Judeo-Christian tradition. We are a country where we can pursue what we hold most dear and live our lives on terms we are largely free to choose - no matter how much others might disagree with us, or even outright disapprove (and boy do we make it clear how much we disapprove at times).
But in the era where we seek agreement and approval, it rankles us when others don't hold our same values and don't hew to our personal moral compass. We find ourselves continuing re-asking a central question of a diverse people: where does your right to live in the way that you hold most dear infringe on my right to do the same? This isn't a complication of democracy that's easily navigated - in fact we've been figuring this out since this whole American experiment started.
Please join us as we continue in that honorable tradition.
Facilitating the conversation is Pastor Darrick McGhee.
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 with you. We offer online payment as a courtesy so you don't have to stop at the door but note that there is an additional fee when paying online.
The program will be held in O'Brien Hall inside the Student Union, which is attached to the church. Just enter through the church office entrance (facing Tennessee St.) and walk straight through to O'Brien Hall. Parking will be available onsite. See the map for further details and parking: http://www.cocathedral.com/parish-parking.html
Vegetarian sandwiches (due to the observance of Catholic lent at the host venue, there will be no meat offerings)
Meet our guest panelist:
Micah Friedman is a Senior at Florida State University majoring in Religion with minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Psychology. In his time at FSU, Micah has served in numerous leadership roles within the Jewish community and bridging religious and cultural divides in the larger community, founding the FSU Student Interfaith Initiative in partnership with Muslim, Christian and other students and founding J Street FSU in order to build support for a diplomatic resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
(Photo credit: Denitsa Yotova)
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). Whoever you are, whatever your beliefs, bring an open mind, an open heart (and an empty stomach) for a continuing conversation that makes it safe to bring your beliefs to the public square - just as you are. We hope you'll join us as we explore what happens when people of good will who might disagree cross each others' thresholds and break a little bread together.
From left to right: Rev. Josh Hall, First Baptist Church; Father Tim Holeda, Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More; Pastor Darrick McGhee of Bible Based Church; Betsy Ouillete Zierden of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church and Rabbi Jack Romberg of Temple Israel Tallahassee.