Join us, IN PERSON for our final program of the 2020 - 2021 program year! This year's final program will be a BYOE (Bring Your Own Everything) at Badger Park in Shorewood starting at 10:30. We typically have a talent show and BBQ at the A-Frame for this annual event, but with Covid, we've had to adjust these past couple of years. This year's program is going to be more of a social event for all of us to reconnect and see each other in-person before the Summer break. Anyone wishing to show off a talent is totally welcome to. Talents are optional....
To explore this month's theme of "Story," Lake Fellowship member Marnie Karger will lead an informal discussion all about the stories in our lives. We'll talk about the stories we tell ourselves to survive, the stories we try to rewrite, as well as the stories we know but don't hear enough about. If you would like to prepare for this program, Marnie invites you to consider how you would respond to the following questions:
* How has the role of story in your life changed as you’ve grown older?
Larry Smith is passionate about helping people share their stories of becoming. He created a website - Six Word Memoirs - with numerous tools and prompts to make the sharing easier. One of his prompts turned out to be everyone’s favorite: “Pair down your life journey to six words.” It was inspired by Ernest Hemingway taking up a bar bet to write a novel in 6 words.
For today's program, please join us for an extended Joys & Concerns, with any follow up discussion. We'll make space to hear from one another, while keeping an eye on all that is coming up green around us.
Lake Fellowship member Don Penn will present our program today. This will, in some ways, be a continuation of the discussion we shared on 11/29/2020, and will begin to try to DEFINE just how far apart the two halves of America are on some of the critical issues from that discussion. This discussion will NOT look to give any answers here, but will attempt to define the problem before we propose solutions.
Our food choices impact the environment, animal welfare, communities, and personal health. And in the United States, our food system reinforces inequities in health along racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines. Learning about food and food justice empowers us to make informed choices, support sustainable farming, and enact changes to create a more equitable and vibrant food system.
Social media companies and "surveillance capitalists" wield unprecedented power, not just to predict behavior, but to control it. They tend to make more money when they divide us and convince us that our lives our lacking. While some people feel overwhelmed and helpless, we as individuals and small groups already have tools to resist.
For today's program, Lake Fellowship member Kristin Fulkerson will lead a presentation centered around Amanda Gorman's show-stopping inauguration poem. More information on this program to come.
February's theme is Beloved Community, the notion popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr for a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings; a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. For today's program, we'll learn more about Dr. King's vision, and hear different viewpoints from modern civil rights activists who are working to advance the goals of Beloved Community that may offer challenging shifts to our daily lives.
This Sunday we welcome back Emily White, Director of Development and Marketing for The Food Group (formerly Emergency Foodshelf Network). Emily's program will catch us up with how the organization has been faring since we began contributing financial donations last summer. Emily will share some visuals of their work in the community from the past 6-9 months and talk about the impact and continued need. Learn more at their website (www.thefoodgroupmn.org).