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Faith, Food, Friday - featuring "The God Squad" - is a project of The Village Square, devoted to building community across divides.
The mass shooting in Orlando re-ignited the usual torrent of controversy, as lost lives swiftly became political fodder that served to further fortify the differences between us. For some, the tragedy was another agonizing validation that we must somehow find an accommodation on gun control. For others it was more proof that we're failing to fight an extreme ideology that is putting us in danger.
But Orlando also seemed to bring with it a more complex subtext as culture war issues seemed to have collided so uniquely in the tragedy and its aftermath. A younger, more diverse generation of Americans was square in the crosshairs on that one horrible evening - and for them it seemed to have cemented connections between very diverse communities rather than widening their differences of opinion.
Aftermaths of tragedies are often crossroads of choice. Do we build walls or bridges?
Joining our conversation is Inam Sakinah. a rising junior and Presidential Scholar at Florida State University. She is chair of the Student Diversity and Inclusion Council. You can read her op-ed Choose solidarity over suspicion in the Tallahassee Democrat.
Facilitating the conversation is Rabbi Jack Romberg.
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: Pimthida)