Small Great Things
Aug
27
6:30 PM18:30

Small Great Things

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

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The Art of Resilience: Latinx Public Witness in Troubled Times
Sep
20
to Sep 21

The Art of Resilience: Latinx Public Witness in Troubled Times

  • Perkins School of Theology (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. REGISTER HERE!

Experience the resilience of the Latinx community through the intersection of art, faith, public policy and theology. Witness a performance of “Elvira, The Immigration Play” on Friday, September 20. Artwork by Gerardo Robles. Called to Serve. Empowered to Lead. Featuring Latina feminist Daisy Machado, political sociologist Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and biblical scholar Fernando Segovia.

Converse with nationally renowned scholars, artists, local activists, clergy and community leaders in a variety of settings throughout this two-day event. Engage the mind, body and soul on the issues of immigration, race and gender through:

• An art exhibition

• Poetry and musical reflections on the theme

• An original stage performance

• Engaging worship

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Educated
Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

Educated

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

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CoInspire Liberating Imagination, Eviscerating Racism
Oct
7
to Oct 10

CoInspire Liberating Imagination, Eviscerating Racism

  • Montreat Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In the beginning, God breathed on humankind to animate our existence.

Our breath is our life-force, but the air we breathe can restore our life or kill us. We are living in a world where the sins of racism infect the very air we breathe. What happens when we pay attention to how much breath we give to scarcity, competition, and fear? What happens when we choose to focus our breath on giving oxygen to liberate our imaginations for a world where the air is full of abundance, hope, and equity?

In October of 2019, Montreat Conference Center will host CoInspire, the second in a series of conferences addressing systemic racism in the church. Our first conference, DisGrace, lived in lament for the ways in which the sins of racism thwart individual people and institutions, infecting congregations and denominations with death-dealing dehumanization. CoInspire will examine ways that we, as members of Christ’s body, might co-inspire one another to liberate imagination for new ways of being, and examine ways we can conspire to eviscerate the racism within our churches.

More information can be found here: CoInspire Retreat

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Maid
Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

Maid

At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly. She wrote the true stories that weren't being told: the stories of overworked and underpaid Americans. Of living on food stamps and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) coupons to eat. Of the government programs that provided her housing, but that doubled as halfway houses. The aloof government employees who called her lucky for receiving assistance while she didn't feel lucky at all. She wrote to remember the fight, to eventually cut through the deep-rooted stigmas of the working poor. 

Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. "I'd become a nameless ghost", Stephanie writes about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients' lives - their sadness and love, too - she begins to find hope in her own path. 

Her compassionate, unflinching writing as a journalist gives voice to the "servant" worker, and those pursuing the American Dream from below the poverty line. Maid is Stephanie's story, but it's not her alone. It is an inspiring testament to the strength, determination, and ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

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Boy, Snow, Bird
Nov
26
6:30 PM18:30

Boy, Snow, Bird

In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty - the opposite of the life she' s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she' d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy' s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time.

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There There
Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

There There

Tommy Orange’s “groundbreaking, extraordinary” (The New York TimesThere There is the “brilliant, propulsive” (People Magazine) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. It’s “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel” (Entertainment Weekly).
 
As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.
 
There There is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seenIt’s “masterful . . . white-hot . . . devastating” (The Washington Post) at the same time as it is fierce, funny, suspenseful, thoroughly modern, and impossible to put down. Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it’s destined to be a classic.

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Theology Live : Reaching Across the Aisle
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Theology Live : Reaching Across the Aisle

Race Relations in Our Political Age

Join Fr Thomas Kincaid and Pastor Shawn Torres (Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church) as they discuss race relations and its politics. How can we talk about these issues from a Biblical perspective without resorting to identity politics?

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Theology Live is held at 7 pm on Monday nights in June at The Ginger Man Pub. Hot theological topics are presented by guest speakers in the comfort of the beer garden. The event begins with a short discourse by the speaker on the scheduled topic, followed by a short break to replenish pints and bites. We then move to a round of Q&A, including a few short remarks and raffles for door prizes provided by The Ginger Man Pub and other sponsors.

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Theology Live : Pardon the Interruption
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

Theology Live : Pardon the Interruption

Race Relations in Our Political Age

Join Fr Thomas Kincaid and Pastor Shawn Torres (Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church) as they discuss race relations and its politics. How can we talk about these issues from a Biblical perspective without resorting to identity politics?

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Theology Live is held at 7 pm on Monday nights in June at The Ginger Man Pub. Hot theological topics are presented by guest speakers in the comfort of the beer garden. The event begins with a short discourse by the speaker on the scheduled topic, followed by a short break to replenish pints and bites. We then move to a round of Q&A, including a few short remarks and raffles for door prizes provided by The Ginger Man Pub and other sponsors.

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Theology Live : Justice, Crime, & the Death Penalty
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Theology Live : Justice, Crime, & the Death Penalty

Race Relations in Our Political Age

Join Fr Thomas Kincaid and Pastor Shawn Torres (Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church) as they discuss race relations and its politics. How can we talk about these issues from a Biblical perspective without resorting to identity politics?

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Theology Live is held at 7 pm on Monday nights in June at The Ginger Man Pub. Hot theological topics are presented by guest speakers in the comfort of the beer garden. The event begins with a short discourse by the speaker on the scheduled topic, followed by a short break to replenish pints and bites. We then move to a round of Q&A, including a few short remarks and raffles for door prizes provided by The Ginger Man Pub and other sponsors.

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Theology Live : Race Relations in Our Political Age
Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

Theology Live : Race Relations in Our Political Age

Race Relations in Our Political Age

Join Fr Thomas Kincaid and Pastor Shawn Torres (Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church) as they discuss race relations and its politics. How can we talk about these issues from a Biblical perspective without resorting to identity politics?

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Theology Live is held at 7 pm on Monday nights in June at The Ginger Man Pub. Hot theological topics are presented by guest speakers in the comfort of the beer garden. The event begins with a short discourse by the speaker on the scheduled topic, followed by a short break to replenish pints and bites. We then move to a round of Q&A, including a few short remarks and raffles for door prizes provided by The Ginger Man Pub and other sponsors.

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
May
28
6:30 PM18:30

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

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Literary Festival: Jason Reynolds
Apr
15
7:00 PM19:00

Literary Festival: Jason Reynolds

  • Monsignor Milam J. Joseph Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Bishop Dunne Literary Festival was a natural progression from the GeoTech Conference and Lecture Series and is a celebration of exploration where inspirational authors visit the school to encourage students, teachers, and the community to celebrate language in its artfully written, spoken, and poetic forms. Literary writing offers unique insight into the articulation of human experience and tackles contemporary issues. The festival showcases and provides access to professional writers who can offer guidance or inspiration with respect to their craft and support students in an exciting discovery of the modern literary world. 

The Bishop Dunne Literary Festival hosts workshops between students and accomplished novelists, journalists, poets, songwriters, and playwrights. A writing contest and publication of the next student Rugged magazine will be featured at a special awards breakfast where outstanding student work in literature will be exhibited. Successful alumni writers will also be showcased.

Purchase tickets here: Literary Festival - Bishop Dunne Catholic School

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Book Study : White Fragility
Apr
7
11:30 AM11:30

Book Study : White Fragility

  • First Unitarian Church of Dallas (Room 305) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This new book study focuses on examining and discussing the ideas Robin DiAngelo presents in the book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. This 3 class series invites participants into the work of learning skills to disrupt racism as a Unitarian Universalist faith commitment and practice. Each session is informed by a discussion guide put forth by the Unitarian Universalist Association, created by Gail Forsyth-Vail. Series facilitated by Carrie Stewart of the Racial Equity Task Force.

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Women of Innovation
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Women of Innovation

Featuring a dynamic group of leading visionaries, the Women of Innovation Summit will celebrate, inspire and connect change-makers across markets and industries to provide all women with greater insights and knowledge into the trends and possibilities of the future.

The Women of Innovation Summit will mark the launch of this momentum-building initiative and challenge female leaders to reimagine our organizations, communities and our future.

Keynote and Featured Speakers:

Nina Vaca, CEO, Pinnacle

Suzy Batiz, Founder and CEO, Poo-Pourri

Karen Katz, former CEO Neiman Marcus

Jennifer Sampson, CEO United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Attire: Business Casual

Click here to register for free.


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Book Study : White Fragility
Mar
31
11:30 AM11:30

Book Study : White Fragility

  • First Unitarian Church of Dallas (Room 305) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This new book study focuses on examining and discussing the ideas Robin DiAngelo presents in the book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. This 3 class series invites participants into the work of learning skills to disrupt racism as a Unitarian Universalist faith commitment and practice. Each session is informed by a discussion guide put forth by the Unitarian Universalist Association, created by Gail Forsyth-Vail. Series facilitated by Carrie Stewart of the Racial Equity Task Force.

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Just Mercy
Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

Just Mercy


Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

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Book Study : White Fragility
Mar
24
11:30 AM11:30

Book Study : White Fragility

  • First Unitarian Church of Dallas (Room 305) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This new book study focuses on examining and discussing the ideas Robin DiAngelo presents in the book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. This 3 class series invites participants into the work of learning skills to disrupt racism as a Unitarian Universalist faith commitment and practice. Each session is informed by a discussion guide put forth by the Unitarian Universalist Association, created by Gail Forsyth-Vail. Series facilitated by Carrie Stewart of the Racial Equity Task Force.

More information here: First Unitarian Church of Dallas

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Dancing Beyond Borders
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

Dancing Beyond Borders

  • Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is the perfect setting to indulge in the best of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Both DBDT and DBDT: Encore! perform with meticulous technique and artistry, crowd-pleasing highlights from the 42nd Season in Richardson. This includes Bodes as Site of Faith and Protest that transcribes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “We Shall Overcome” speech into dance.” Details at www.dbdt.com

Purchase tickets here: Eisemann Center

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Social Justice and the DFW Legal System
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Social Justice and the DFW Legal System

  • Northaven United Methodist Church Sanctuary and Atrium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Northaven's Church In Society Committee is excited to announce a very special Faith Voices presentation entitled, " Four Perspectives on Social Justice and the DFW legal System". This is an exceptional opportunity to hear from four distinguished attorneys who will offer their perspectives on, "what is working well and where are there opportunities for improvement" from each of their practice specialty vantage points. Our expert panel will be comprised of Paul Zoltan, Bruce Anton, Chris Wilmoth, and Nancy Mason representing the practices of immigration, criminal, probate and family law, respectively. All are welcome! 

Admission Is Free

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The House of Broken Angels
Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

The House of Broken Angels


In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies, transforming the weekend into a farewell doubleheader. Among the guests is Big Angel's half brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life.


Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many inspiring tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home.


Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angelsis Luis Alberto Urrea at his best, and cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.


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