As we enter the unknown of the most important election of our generation, join faith leaders from our many traditions for a moment of prayer, meditation, and centering. We know that election day - and potentially the days that follow - will be a time of action and anxiety for many. Rev. Virzola Law, Rabbi Nancy Kasten, and Shireen Khuwaja, an Ismaili Muslim, will lead us in prayers and meditations to center ourselves in the spiritual moment, prepare our hearts and minds, […]
A Conversation with Melissa Rogers Author of Faith in American Public Life and “A Time To Heal, A Time To Build” How will religious liberty be defined for our nation in the future, and how can we individually and collectively model a definition that protects religion from government and government from religion, while still advocating for the public good? The results and aftermath of the November 3 election have indicated that our country is even more divided than we thought.
The 87th Legislature is just around the corner, and the question of whether or not to expand access to health care, and how to do it, will likely be on the agenda. Join us for a discussion about healthcare in Texas where we will seek to understand the arguments for and against healthcare expansion. We invite you to review these resources and articles prior to the conversation: Statement of the problem in Texas: https://www.healthinsurance.org/texas-medicaid/ https://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=55482 How each of the State […]
How can congregations help their members deal with divisive questions that dominate the news and invade their worship spaces? They include: “What is the difference between patriotism and nationalism?” “How are Christian nationalism and white supremacy linked?” “How can we identify and root out Christian nationalism in our congregations?” These are hard questions that confront congregations across the country, noted Amanda Tyler, executive director of Washington-based BJC (Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty), the only national faith-based group solely focused on […]
Faith Commons joins First United Methodist Church Dallas to present Arts & Letter Live with Anne Lamott and Priya Parker. From bestselling author Anne Lamott comes Dusk, Night, Dawn, an inspiring guide to restoring hope and joy while grappling with the thorny issues of life. How can we cope as bad news piles up and we stumble through dark times that seem increasingly bleak? We begin, she says, by accepting our flaws and embracing our humanity. Drawing from her own experiences, Lamott shows […]
Join us on Sunday March 7 for a State of Our Faith discussion with Dionna La'Fay, Regional Field Coordinator for Texas Rising. Learn about the importance of voting freedom as a means to making sure more Texans who are eligible to vote can register to vote. In the 2020 election, many faith communities and people of faith helped increase voter registration by becoming Volunteer Deputy Registrars. Now there is legislation pending in the current legislative session that would eliminate this program and make […]
After a year of disaster and interpersonal turbulence, clergy, lawyers and physicians have a unique challenge and an important role in confronting misinformation and rebuilding individuals’ faith and trust in our most critical institutions, including our own. Join us on April 30 as we explore techniques to create space for intellectual humility and conviction in order to restore trust and rebuild relationships of mutual respect. Keynote Speaker and Facilitator Jill DeTemple, PhD, is the chair of SMU's Religious Studies Department and […]
OCTOBER 14 12-1 p.m. Workshop at Wilshire Baptist Church in the Sanctuary 1-2 p.m. A $10.00 box lunch will be available for those who come in person and wish to continue this conversation with Rev. Butler. Register below for in person or online attendance. The workshop will be live-streamed. Those who attend in person will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Whether or not you believe that the Bible is inherently political, no one can refute that […]