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Tallahassee Democrat: Village Square’s God Squad is on duty for lunch today

fff-eventThe communal hall in the elegantly appointed First Baptist Church in downtown Tallahassee is packed with noontime listeners this mid-September Friday. They are also lunchers, filling their plastic plates with tacos as they prepare to listen to ‘The God Squad’, five Tallahassee faith leaders perched on stools, who, as they have monthly for the last five years will talk about those places where religion, politics and societal issues bounce against each other like so many boats on a stormy sea. For this Faith.Food.Friday program, the crowd of nearly 200 people seems ready to eat it up. Today’s program (Friday, Oct. 9) is on Religious Freedom and will be held at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church. Tickets for food are $8 with reservations and $10 at the door.

Read the full article in the Tallahassee Democrat.



Faith, Food, Friday this Friday: Restorative Justice

fff-newsletterThis Friday January 10, FAITH, FOOD, FRIDAY, (“Improbable conversations for people of faith and no faith at all”) continues with “Restorative Justice: Rethinking the Role of Forgiveness.” The God Squad will host Andy and Kate Grosmaire, whose 19-year-old daughter Ann was killed by her boyfriend in 2010.  Joined by the Reverend Allison DeFoor, who had a critical role in the events that unfolded following Ann’s death, they will share their journey of loss and forgiveness and their struggle to define what justice is in the face of profound and unthinkable personal tragedy. Together, they will tell a story of two families seeking another way despite incredible obstacles – a story that takes them across the country, around the world and deep inside their hearts – to bring to fruition an idea unlikely to happen anywhere, much less in the panhandle of North Florida.   There are few stories like the one the Grosmaires will tell in the world today. Rev. Dave Killeen of St. John’s Episcopal Church will moderate the discussion.

To get more information or reserve your seat for this program click HERE. The program will be held at First Baptist Church (108 W. College Avenue) from noon to 1 pm with lunch available at 11:30, and is free and open to the public. RSVP by Tuesday for the early-bird lunch price of $8 ($10 after). Lunch is a Baked Potato Bar: Potatoes, Chili, Steamed Broccoli, Sauteed Onions and Mushrooms, Cheese Sauce, Butter, Sour Cream; along with Rolls and Dessert. Or, and you’re welcome to bring a bag brown lunch or not eat. For more information, email fff@tothevillagesquare.org or call 590-6646. You can see “Faith, Food, Friday” dates and topics for the entire season and even RSVP for any of this year’s programs online HERE.



Faith, Food, Money? Faith and Capitalism

If you missed our last Faith, Food, Friday, “Faith & Capitalism ,” you can listen to the audio here.



This Friday, December 6th is “Faith, Food, Money? Faith & Capitalism”

Aktas_ElvanThis Friday December 6th, FAITH, FOOD, FRIDAY, (“Improbable conversations for people of faith and no faith at all”) continues with “Faith, Food, Money? Faith & Capitalism.” Our guest panelist is Dr. Elvan Aktas, Associate Professor of Finance Valdosta State University.

We wonder where else you’ve ever seen this topic?

To get more information or reserve your seat for this program click HERE. (Lunch is Penne Pasta and Chicken Tenders with Marinara Sauce and Mozzarella – Penne Pasta with Mushrooms, Peppers and Onions in Marinara Sauce and Mozzarella for vegetarians – Chopped Italian Salad, Bread Sticks and Dessert Bars. Oh and you’re always welcome to bring a bag brown lunch.) NOTE: The program is at St. John’s Episcopal Church downtown. RSVP by Tuesday for the early bird lunch price.

Each program is from noon to 1pm and is free and open to the public. If you’d like to eat the hot lunch offered, it is available for $8 through the Tuesday ahead of the program ($10 after). For more information, you can email fff@tothevillagesquare.org or call 590-6646.

You can see “Faith, Food, Friday” dates and topics for the entire season and even RSVP for any of this year’s programs online HERE.



Faith, Food, Friday: “After the Trayvon Martin Case”

If you missed our last “Faith, Food, Friday” “After the Trayvon Martin Case” you can listen to the audio online here.



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Photo credits: Bob Howard



Rabbi Jack Romberg: Pondering the nature of good and evil (reflecting on last Friday’s “Faith, Food, Friday” conversation)

Romberg_JackIf you missed Friday’s “Faith, Food, Friday” conversation “After the Trayvon Martin Case” here is a blog post by “God Squad” co-founder Rabbi Jack Romberg of Temple Israel Tallahassee. You can read other entries from his blog “The Jewish Observer” online here.

Here’s a snip:

But what framed all of these lessons from Krystallnact in a new light was participating in a panel discussion through our ongoing “Faith, Food, and Friday” series on racism in America in a post Trayvon Martin atmosphere. Joining me were 3 other clergy as well as Ahmad Abuznaid, a founder and leader of the Dream Defenders – the political action group that occupied the Florida state capital after the verdict in the Martin case came down. We discussed many aspects of race issues in America – the changing demographics of the country, the persistence of prejudice, the need to form relationships across ethnic and ideological barriers – but there was one aspect of the discussion that has haunted me, that just refuses to go away.



This Friday: Faith, Food, Friday “After the Trayvon Martin case,” featuring leader of Dream Defenders | Early bird meal prices through Tuesday

Ahmad AbuznaidThis Friday November 8th, FAITH, FOOD, FRIDAY, (“Improbable conversations for people of faith and no faith at all”) continues with “After the Trayvon Martin Case.” Our guest panelist is Ahmad Abuznaid, one of the founders of Dream Defenders, the organization that occupied Florida’s Capitol after the verdict in protest over Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law. This has been a topic that has driven lots of national passion… we’re delighted it’s finally in the capable hands of the “God Squad.”

To get more information or reserve your seat for this program click HERE. (Lunch is pizza, salad, cookies, lemonade, tea – and you’re always welcome to bring a bag brown lunch.) NOTE: The program is at Temple Israel. RSVP by Tuesday for the early bird lunch price.

Each program is from noon to 1pm and is free and open to the public. If you’d like to eat the hot lunch offered, it is available for $8 through the Tuesday ahead of the program ($10 after). For more information, you can email fff@tothevillagesquare.org or call 590-6646.

You can see “Faith, Food, Friday” dates and topics for the entire season and even RSVP for any of this year’s programs online HERE.



Faith, Food, Friday: Strangers at the Door (a little reading material)

fff-logoDr. Bill Shiell of First Baptist, moderating Friday’s program “Strangers at the Door: A Conversation on Immigration,” has shared an article to prompt discussion with the God Squad. We thought we’d share it with you too:

“Christians equally committed to God’s word may reasonably arrive at different conclusions on specific aspects of [immigration] issues and their resolution. However, this much is certain: God, in His Word, consistently shows His loving concern for “the stranger in our midst” and directs His people to do the same…”

Read the whole article from Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University online HERE.
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(Remember that tomorrow is the last day for early bird registration rates for this Friday’s program. Get more information and RSVP here.)



Faith, Food, Friday’s on summer hiatus… but you can listen to both the last program and the whole season with just a click!

squares-fff-archivesListen to the last Faith, Food, Friday of the year HERE. Listen to the whole season of programs HERE. We’ll see you next October!



Catch the last “Faith, Food, Friday” of the season this Friday!

web-slideshow-fff-april5To get all the info and make your RSVP here. (Last day for early bird lunch prices is tomorrow Tuesday, April 2.) The impact of the internet and social media on modern life is immeasurable. It’s changed fundamentals about our relationships with each other, about the way we make civic decisions, and even the way we worship. Joining the God Squad on Friday, April 5th for “The Church of Facebook: Worship in the Digital Age” is Dean Inserra, the founding and lead pastor of City Church. Established five years ago with 24 people, City Church regular attendance has grown to over 1,000.

We’re also delighted to welcome Dr. Bill Shiell, the new pastor at First Baptist Church, to the God Squad.

The program is from noon to 1 pm on Friday, April 5th at First Baptist Church (108 W. College Avenue) with lunch available beginning at 11:30. It will be moderated by Pastor Darrick McGhee of Bible Based Church. Joining him are God Squad regulars Rabbi Jack Romberg of Temple Israel, Rev. Betsy Ouellette of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, and Rev. Dave Killeen of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

All Faith, Food, Friday forums are free and open to the public. Lunch is available for $8 if you RSVP by the Tuesday ahead of the program and $10 with a late reservation or at the door (all lunches are paid by cash or check at the door). You may also bring a brown bag lunch. For a menu, more information or to reserve your seat go online to http://wiki.tothevillagesquare.org/x/QYDf or call 264-8785/email fff@tothevillagesquare.org.



Faith, Food, Friday “Love, Marriage & Same Sex Unions”

Listen to the program online here. Join us for the last FFF of this season on Friday, April 5th. Get the details and RSVP here.



Faith, Food, Friday’s Rabbi Jack Romberg has a new blog

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Part of the concept of The Village Square is to have the conversation – as neighbors, as a community. I hope you’ll take a moment to check out Temple Israel’s Rabbi Jack Romberg (and Faith, Food, Friday “God Squad” founding member) contribution to that conversation “The Jewish Observer” HERE. Rabbi Romberg writes about topics like our Faith, Food, Friday forums – he wrote about our topic “The Most Segregated Hour” HERE, about “Social Justice” HERE, and our recent Tallahassee Democrat forum topic of guns HERE and HERE.

(And – pssst…. if you miss this weekend’s Jewish Food Festival at Temple Israel, you have only yourself to blame…)



Faith, Food, Friday: “Social Justice” pictures are in

All photos credit: Bob Howard