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).
Today, Lake Fellowship is delighted to welcome back Dr. Yvette Erasmus to speak with us today about Core Commitments we might make in our lives when we live according to compassion-based and nonviolent principles and consciousness.
As we continue our discussion on the beloved community, Fellowship member Karen Wendt will present “Weaving our way back to Connectivity” as discussed in the book “The Second Mountain - the Quest for a Moral Life” by David Brooks (click on this link: the_ted_interview_david_brooks_on_political_healing to listen to the May, 2019 TED INTERVIEW with David Brooks).
Lake Fellowship is pleased to welcome back guest speaker Steve Fredlund today. Steve Fredlund has learned first hand the power of story. As a long time corporate analytic, he was always bent toward explaining things through the numbers and logical reasoning; this continued as he started a nonprofit doing work in Rwanda. A few people connected with the work; but once he started traveling there and bringing back individual stories, that's when the momentum occurred. We see the power of story at work everywhere we turn; from sacred texts to online marketing...