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Community Town Hall Forums

posted May 31, 2019, 10:03 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Gethsemane is again hosting a summer series of monthly Town Hall Forums about key issues of today. 
These are free and open to all. All are held in the Fireside Gallery from 7-8 pm.

JUNE 26 - Public Education: an Economic or Moral Imperative?
Our speaker is Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, Superintendent of the Hopkins School District, who has served in public education for over 15 years. She will examine the role public education must play in strengthening the moral compass and economic backbone of our increasingly complex and globalized society.

JULY 24 – Condescension, Curiosity, Connection: Getting Something Out of Arguments You Can’t Win 
Ana Marie Cox is a political columnist and culture critic whose writing has appeared in The New Republic, Sports Illustrated, the Washington Post, and Esquire. She hosts "With Friends Like These," a podcast from Crooked Media. 

AUGUST 14 – Understanding Climate Change and Turning Grief into Action 
Jothsna Harris, Public Engagement Manager, Climate Generation

Climate change is the most defining issue of our time. We are the first generation to experience the impacts, and the last generation to do something about it. This weight can leave people feeling at a loss. Climate Generation sees the power of people and communities as change-makers to engage in solutions to climate change. We will cover the causes and impacts of climate change, and offer ideas for turning grief into hope and action.

Everyone is encouraged to mark your calendars and spread an invitation to neighbors and friends.  Please join with GLC’s Social Ministry Team and Adult Education program in helping ensure that Gethsemane continues to be a place where moral deliberation and courageous conversation is fostered in our community. 

Since this summer series began in 2012 we have focused on many “issues of the day.” Some of the topics covered have been: Islam, sex trafficking, guns and violence, barriers to peace in Palestine, the opioid epidemic, homelessness in the western suburbs, indigenous justice, ending gender-based violence and much more. Now we are excited to announce the 2019 community forums. Come, learn and perhaps be motivated to action! Invite others to join you!