Faith, Food, Friday


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Faith, Food, Friday

Faith, Food, Friday launches its fifth season with “Food, Food, Food” on September 18. This “lunch and learn” dialogue features the “God Squad,” a panel of religious leaders in our community: Rev. Betsy Ouellette-Zierden of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, Rabbi Jack Romberg of Temple Israel, Pastor Darrick McGhee of Bible Based Church, Father Tim Holeda of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, and yours truly. We host three programs this season—beginning with the first one on Friday.
All Faith, Food, Friday forums are free and open to the public. Lunch is available for $8 if you RSVP by the Tuesday ahead of the program and $10 with a late reservation at the door; all lunches are paid cash or check at the door beginning at 11:30. You may also bring a brown bag lunch. For a menu, more information, or to reserve your seat, go online to, email, or call 590-6646. You may also contact Jordan Mallory or Amy Parks in our church office.
The program begins at 12:00, and we end promptly at 1:00. The panel discusses the topic of the month, and at 12:30, we field questions from the audience. This month, we address the important role that food and hospitality play across our religious traditions in a civil society. When you attend Faith, Food, Friday, you are bearing witness to the gospel.
You show and demonstrate the power of dialogue. We don’t water down our differences. We explain where and how we worship (and eat) differently. We discuss where we agree, and we challenge each other in our faith. The luncheon is a wonderful opportunity for seekers, skeptics, and the faithful. In light of our current series on “Why Believe?”, Faith, Food, Friday provides a great forum to grow deeper.
This is my third season to serve on the panel. I walk away each time with greater appreciation for our church and our Baptist heritage. I’m looking forward to another fruitful series. Mark your calendar for these dates, times, locations, and themes.

Friday, September 18 2015
Food, Food, Food @ First Baptist

Friday, October 9 2015
Religious Liberty @ Good Samaritan Church 3720 Capital Circle SE

Friday, November 13 2015
Income Disparity, Poverty, Race and our Children @ Temple Israel 2215 Mahan Drive (phone: 850.877.3517)

Friday, December 4 2015
“The Hidden Wound” @ Bible Based Church 3986 Woodville Highway

Friday, January 8 2016
Police and Community @ First Baptist

Friday, February 5 2016
Rights of Passage: Raising Our Children @Good Samaritan Church

Friday, March 4 2016
An Inconvenient Truth: End of Life Issues @ First Baptist Church

Friday, April 1 2016
Wild Card! @ Temple Israel