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first-talks_hsFirst Talks

Sundays | 9:30 – 10:45 am | Room 230

Check out this great Adult Education discussion group meeting on Sunday mornings. It’s a combination of succinct and exciting TED Talk-style presentations followed by facilitated, engaging conversations around the topic of the day. Each week will be different with speakers from around the Metroplex, including artists, educators, theologians, entrepreneurs, and great thinkers of all sorts. These presentations and the conversations that follow will help us find Spirit in every facet of life.

Contact: Charme Robarts | crobarts@myfumc.org | 817-339-5069

October Presentation Schedule:

10.1.17 First Talks_HS

October 1

“The Creation of the Amber Alert: How One Person Can Make a Difference”
Presentation of Upcoming TED Talk by Diana Simone

Diana Simone planted the seed that grew into one of the most successful grassroots movements in the history of this country. In response to a local tragedy, Diana had an idea and then took inspired action to share her idea with the people capable of implementing it. The results were the beginning of “Amber’s Plan,” later to become known as the Amber Alert. To date, the Amber Alert has been directly responsible for the rescue and safe return of 881 abducted children in this country alone (6/26/17 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). It has now spread to 22 other countries worldwide! Ms. Simone will share her story of how one person can make a difference.

10.8.17 First Talks_HSOctober 8

Video: Brené Brown’s “We Need to Keep Talking About Charlottesville”
Presented by Os Flores

Last month, white nationalists and counter-protesters blamed one another and the police for the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va. On the heels of the outbreak, Brené Brown launched a Facebook live event entitled “We Need to Keep Talking about Charlottesville.” Receiving more than 5 million views, Brené outlines why continuing this discussion is so vital to our society.

Brené Brown is a “Researcher. Storyteller. Texan.” She describes herself this way:

“The official line: I’m a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington Endowed Chair. I’ve spent the past 16 years studying courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame. I’m the author of four books: ‘The Gifts of Imperfection,’ ‘Daring Greatly,’ ‘Rising Strong,’ and ‘Braving the Wilderness.’

The bottom line: I believe that vulnerability — the willingness to be ‘all in’ even when you know it can mean failing and hurting — is brave. I do NOT believe that cussing and praying are mutually exclusive. And, I absolutely believe that the passing lane is for passing only.”

10.15.17 First Talks_HSOctober 15

Video: A Conversation With Dr. John Perkins on Race and Reconciliation
Presented by Os Flores

Dr. John Perkins is a world-renowned author, speaker, and teacher of issues on racial reconciliation, community empowerment, and civil rights. He is described as one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement. In 2004, Dr. Perkins partnered with the Seattle Pacific University to launch the campus-based John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development.

Join us as we view a video by Dr. Perkins and have a discussion surrounding race and the power of reconciliation.

10.22.17 First Talks_HSOctober 22

Why Aren’t We More Compassionate?
TED Talk by Daniel Goleman
Presented by Andria Flores

Daniel Goleman, psychologist and award-winning author of “Emotional Intelligence” and other books on EI, challenges traditional measures of intelligence as a predictor of life success. In this TED Talk, he breaks down the story of the Good Samaritan in current culture to ask the question, “Why aren’t we more compassionate, more often?”

10.29.17 First Talks_HSOctober 29

The Danger of a Single Story
TED Talk by Chimamanda Adichie
Presented by Andria Flores

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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