Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n Roll

03/19/17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Presenter: Catherine Cuellar Mainline Protestants are reluctant evangelists. But if we don't tell our own story, the absence of our voice leaves a void filled by coverage of sexual assault and abuse, corruption, discrimination, injustice, and hypocrisy in Jesus' name. How are church members perceived by people who didn't grow up in a house of worship, [...]

Not Your Grandmother’s Advocacy

04/23/17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Presenters: Kelly Staples and Susan Sytsma Bratt         When it comes to advocacy in the Bible Belt, some churches bury their head in the sand, others strongly endorse candidates, and still others march for peace. What have Presbyterians and others done? What's the role of church in the public square? And why [...]

To Jail or Not to Jail? That is the Question

05/21/17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Presenter: Yulise Reaves Waters, Esq.         The American criminal justice system is emerging from several decades of intense law enforcement that aggressively incarcerated persons for even the pettiest of crimes. Proponents of criminal justice reform have taken a critical look at the effects of incarceration on an individual, national, and social level, [...]

Let’s Get It On!

08/27/17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Presenter: Audrua Welch Malvaez. We've already talked about statistics and answered the question: should people of faith be talking about sex? The overwhelming answer is yes! Now we're left with the question of how. How are people of faith supposed to address sexuality with their peers and young persons? There is so much out there [...]

Songs for Social Justice

09/24/17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Music is an expression of the human experience, and social justice movements, religious or otherwise have embraced the power of song for hundreds of years. After we look at the evolution of the art form, we will listen to and examine the voice of modern justice and protest songs covering a wide range of topics, [...]

The Persuasiveness of Becoming an Eyewitness

10/15/17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Presenters: David Batchelder and Katy Rigler. What Happened to Change Our View of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Katy Rigler and David Batchelder (minister members of Grace Presbytery) participated in the April 2017 Palestine-Israel Mission Study. They had extensive conversations with Arabs and Israelis - Christians, Muslims, and Jews - living in the unholiness of the Holy Land. [...]

Scarcity in the land of Plenty.

11/12/17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Presenter: Freedom McAdoo In our country, our state, our city, there is great abundance. This abundance is in juxtaposition to the disparties in our country, state and city. How do we address those polarities? How do we work through fear, stereotypes, insecurities and prejudices to create ideas that will lead to humane solutions?

Managing Emotions in Church, Family & Culture

12/03/17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Presenter: Rev. Brent Barry. Personalities in your family driving you crazy? Anxiety over the state of the church? Outraged or bewildered over things in the world? Come discuss how we process all of this internally and react (or better yet respond) in a helpful way for ourselves and those around us.