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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

August Presentation Schedule:

First Talks 8.6.17_HSAugust 6

“How Can We Face the Future without Fear, Together?”
TED Talk by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Discussion led by Charme Robarts

It’s a fateful moment in history. We’ve seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism — all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. “Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?” asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. In this electrifying talk, the spiritual leader gives us three specific ways we can move from the politics of “me” to the politics of “all of us, together.”

First Talks 8.13.17_HSAugust 13

“Why women should tell the stories of humanity”
TED Talk by Jude Kelly
Discussion led by Os Flores

For many centuries (and for many reasons) critically acclaimed creative genius has generally come from a male perspective. As theater director Jude Kelly points out in this passionately reasoned talk, that skew affects how we interpret even non-fictional women’s stories and rights. She thinks there’s a more useful, more inclusive way to look at the world, and she calls on artists — women and men — to paint, draw, write about, film and imagine a gender-equal society.

First Talks 8.19.17_HSAugust 20

“Whenever You Find Yourself on the Side of the Majority, It’s Time to Reflect”
Dr. Jim Riddlesperger

Dr. Jim Riddlesperger is Professor of Political Science at TCU. He will share thoughts on the conundrum of religion and politics. As always there will be time after the presentation for conversation.

First Talks 8.27.17_HSAugust 27

“How to Fix a Broken School? Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard”
TED Talk by Linda Cliatt-Wayman
Discussion led by Andria Flores

On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled “low-performing and persistently dangerous.” Her fearless determination to lead — and to love the students, no matter what — is a model for leaders in all fields.

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