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Higher Ground

… Good morn or evening friends
Here's your friendly announcer
I have serious news to pass on
To everybody
… What I'm about to say
Could mean the world's disaster
Could change your joy and laughter
To tears and pain
… It's that love's in need of love today
Don't delay, send yours in right away
Hate's goin' 'round, breakin' many hearts
Stop it please, before it's gone too far
… The force of evil plans
To make you its possession
And it will if we let it
Destroy everybody
… We all must take
Precautionary measures
If love and peace you treasure
Then you'll hear me when I say
… It's that love's in need of love today
Don't delay, send yours in right away
Hate's goin' 'round, breakin' many hearts
Stop it please, before it's gone too far
Stevie Wonder - 1976

Choose LOVE Over Hate!

Featured News

Conversations That Matter
Thanks-Giving Square proudly announces “Conversations That Matter,” a series of public programs led by Dr. Larry Allums, that will call together in tolerance and goodwill citizens of Dallas who seek understanding of, and common ground in, issues that matter to our city and our nation.

The Conversations That Matter programs will follow a general format: a brief presentation by one or two speakers; a panel discussion; and a Q&A session that allows for audience participation. Programs will be on weeknights at approximately monthly intervals. The first three sessions will explore: 
  • The Lynching of Allen Brooks at Main and Akard: What Happened in 1910 and What It Means for Dallas in 2022
    • March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center – registration information to follow
  • Jim Shutze’s 1986 book about Dallas, The Accommodation: The Politics of Race in an American City, re-issued in Fall 2021 by Deep Vellum Publishing in Dallas
    • Date and venue TBD
  • The Wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Why His Speeches, Sermons, and Writings are Still Crucial to Achieving Racial Justice and Equality in Twenty-First Century America
    • Date and venue TBD
Stay tuned for the full schedule and additional details. 
Annual Report
Have you had a chance to review Thanks-Giving Square’s Annual Report?

Last week, we distributed our 2021 Annual Report, which provides an overview of our programming from last year, including our Faiths in Conversation series and Breaking Bread & Building Bridges, and other updates at The Square. We are so grateful to all of our supporters and appreciate your commitment to our mission of coming together on COMMON GROUND to move together to HIGHER GROUND. 

To view the report, click here.

Upcoming Events

2022 Faiths in Conversation series – Islam & Justice
Join us on Monday, Feb. 14 for Islam & Justice, the sixth installment in our Faiths in Conversation “Faith & Justice” series. This session will feature Dr. Mohamed M. Keshavjee and Dr. Zahra N. Jamal.

Dr. Keshavjee is a South African-born lawyer called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1969. He completed his LLM at London University and his PhD at SOAS with a focus on Islamic Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Dr. Jamal is Associate Director at Rice University’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, and a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Consultant. 

Faiths in Conversation is presented by the Interfaith Council of The Thanks-Giving Foundation, SMU Perkins School of Theology, and The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, and co-sponsored by The SMU Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Cultures, and The Dallas Bar Association Equality Committee. In this series, our scholars discuss how different religions understand justice in theory and practice, and as a historical ideal. The themes explored in the series include human rights, human dignity, social justice, human responsibility, and social order.

For more information and to register, click here.

Did You Know?

The three great bronze bells in Thanksgiving Square’s Court of All Nations call the world daily to celebrate in thanksgiving. 

Cast in France by the Paccard Foundry of Annecy-le-Vieux, they hang 50 feet overhead and collectively weigh more than 10,000 pounds. Each bell bears an inscription from Psalms. Starting at the left, the high bell states “God Loves Us” (Psalm 136), the middle bell “We Love God” (Psalm 150), and the deepest bell “Serve God Singing” (Psalm 98). The bells strike on the hour from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. with a full peal at noon. 

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