Speaker: Kate Sloan

Juneteenth Matters – for Everyone

It’s the newest national holiday. It’s a day to commemorate the liberation of enslaved people in America. It’s been a huge celebration for the black people of Texas since 1865. But how should we, as white people, descendants of those who supported and benefitted from chattel slavery, honor this day? It’s a party in the black community – but do we have a right to join in?


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The spring season is ushered in by the Pagan celebration of Imbolc, marking the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Celebrating the pagan goddess Brigid, Goddess of fire, healing and fertility, at Imbolc life quickens beneath the surface, as the seeds of rebirth germinate in the dark. Let us reflect in this time on our own regeneration, as we find new hope in the promise of Spring.

The History Books Lied

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The Confederates lost the Civil War, everybody knows that. But what if that’s not wholly true? What if the echoes of history which are reverberating today are really the remains of the Confederacy fighting on a different battlefield? What can we do to finally win the Civil War & live up to the promise of our nation?

Finding the Shire

J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece “The Lord of the Rings” is much more than a simple fairy tale. As Tolkien watched industrialization overtake the lush Midlands where he grew up, a nascent environmental passion was born. One of the last chapters of the Lord of the Rings – the Scouring of the Shire – became Tolkien’s own statement on man’s stewardship of the earth. Join us as we explore the wonders of the Shire, the threat faced by that small corner of Middle Earth and Tolkien’s challenge to us to protect what is good & green in our own environment.