How to Vote Safely in the 2020 Election

Dallas

This year’s election will be unlike any other due to COVID-19, the removal of straight-party ticket voting, the reduced number of polling places, and the fact that, due to an increase in vote-by-mail ballots, the outcome of the election will almost certainly not be determined on November 3 or 4. COVID-19 concerns, efforts to cast doubt on the integrity of the election, and threats of voter intimidation have increased anxiety about showing up to vote. Please join Reverend George Mason […]

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State of our Faith: DISD Bond Propositions

Dallas

Whether or not you have voted yet in Dallas County, you are likely confused about the bond propositions at the very end of your ballot. Advocates say they will not increase the property tax rate, but it says RIGHT ON THE BALLOT: “This is a property tax increase”! Join us as we speak with DISD Board Member Miguel Solis about why passing this bond is so important, what will happen if we don’t pass it, and the impact on public […]

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A Moment to Breathe – Election Prayer, Meditation, and Centering

Dallas

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, […]

Confronting Christian Nationalism

Dallas

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 […]

Arts & Letters Live with Anne Lamott

Dallas

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 […]

State of Our Faith: Freedom to Vote

Dallas

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 […]

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Divisive Times: Trust and Cooperation in Professional Relationships

Dallas

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