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first-talks_hsFirst Talks

Sundays | 9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 350

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

September Presentation Schedule:

September 3

No class

First Talks 9.10.17_HSSeptember 10

Video: Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture”
Discussion led by Os Flores

Randy Pausch, the charismatic young college professor who chronicled his battle with pancreatic cancer in a remarkable speech widely-known as the “Last Lecture,” died at the age of 47. He was at home, surrounded by his wife, Jai, and his three children. A dear friend to Diane Sawyer and “Good Morning America,” Pausch’s lecture and subsequent interview was one of the most powerful accounts of hope, grace and optimism ABC News has ever featured, and drew a worldwide response.

First Talks 9.17.17_HSSeptember 17

The Secret to Effective Nonviolent Resistance
TED Talk by Jamila Raqib
Discussion led by Andria Flores

We’re not going to end violence by telling people that it’s morally wrong,” says Jamila Raqib, executive director of the Albert Einstein Institution. “Instead, we must find alternative ways to conduct conflict that are equally powerful and effective.” Raqib promotes nonviolent resistance to people living under tyranny — and there’s a lot more to it than street protests. She shares encouraging examples of creative strategies that have led to change around the world and a message of hope for a future without armed conflict. “The greatest hope for humanity lies not in condemning violence but in making violence obsolete,” Raqib says.

First Talks 9.24.17_HSSeptember 24

United Community Centers of Fort Worth

Come prepared to be encouraged by a report from Frances Martinez on this excellent educational program in Fort Worth. United Community Center was started in 1909 when a group of women from — guess where — First United Methodist saw a need to care for children whose mothers were working. Today there are three centers in Fort Worth that offer a number of services including outstanding educational enrichment services that have helped their student literacy measurements rise above the norm for Fort Worth ISD.

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