Faith, Food, Friday - featuring "The God Squad" - is a project of The Village Square, devoted to building community across divides.
Since September 11th, if you trace our societal divisions back to one of their many sources one strand of that separation seems to arrive at this question: Is Islam compatible with Western democracy? For those who most often ask that question, they look to the difficulty establishing successful democracy in Islamic countries as well as the rising tide of Islamic fundamentalism whose central tenet is the perceived clash between Islamic and Western values. Until recently, American leaders have worked hard to separate the faith of 1.6 billion worldwide from those few who would use it to commit acts of hatred and violence in its name. But with a deeply concerning escalation of rhetoric amid calls to stop Muslims from immigrating, this challenging conversation needs to happen. We'll do it across faiths and with our Muslim friends, as usual.
Facilitating the conversation is Rabbi Jack Romberg. Joining us will be our special guest, Dr. Parvez Ahmed, a former Fulbright Scholar who is currently Professor of Finance at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He is an active researcher whose articles have been published in leading national and international journals. In addition, he is a frequent commentator and speaker on Islam and the American Muslim experience.
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.
Pizza (choice of cheese, or black olives & spinach)
Tossed green salad
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.
Parking: Plenty of parking is available onsite. Enter the front of the building at steps.
(Photo credit: Blue Aldaman)