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Higher Ground

Dr. Robert Emmons, sometimes referred to as the “father of gratitude,” is arguably today’s most knowledgeable source of information on gratitude. According to Dr Emmons...

What is gratitude?
Gratitude is an affirmation of the goodness in one’s life and the recognition that the sources of this goodness lie at least partially outside the self. It emerges from two stages of information processing: affirming and recognizing. Gratitude is the recognition that life owes me nothing and all the good I have is a gift. It is a response to all that has been given. So, it is foundationally and fundamentally a way of looking at life.

Why do people struggle with being grateful?
Unfortunately, many people suffer from gratitude deficit disorder. Among the major stumbling blocks are a sense of entitlement (“I deserve”), a compulsive need to be self-reliant (“I did it all myself”), a bias toward negativity (“There’s so much wrong in the world”), forgetfulness and the busyness of daily life. 

How can we make a habit of gratefulness?
An important first step to being more grateful is to establish the daily habit of paying attention to gratitude-inspiring events. Be present in the moment, be mindful of your interactions, and be intentional in expressing your gratitude. We all begin life dependent on others, and most of us will end life dependent on others. If we are lucky, in between, we have roughly 60 years or so of unacknowledged dependency. The human condition is such that, throughout life, not just at the beginning and end, we are profoundly dependent on other people. Gratitude takes us outside ourselves where we see ourselves as part of a larger, intricate network of sustaining relationships that are mutually reciprocal.

Practice Gratitude!

Featured News

Breaking Bread & Building Bridges
On February 16 at Café Momentum, we hosted our second Breaking Bread & Building Bridges program. We were proud to co-host the sessions in collaboration with Project Unity and Café Momentum, as well as The Dallas Police Department, The Dallas Mavericks, The University of North Texas at Dallas and The Dallas Morning News.
Our Breaking Bread & Building Bridges initiative facilitates important conversations among diverse individuals, including Dallas police officers, Café Momentum interns, community faith leaders and Dallas Mavericks representatives, to address crucial problems facing our city. We had 80 people present and in conversation, discussing experiences and perspectives, building connection and community, and generating ideas for constructive change.
Faith Times 2022 Calendar
The Interfaith Council of Thanks-Giving Foundation takes great pleasure in announcing the launch of the Faith Times 2022 Calendar. The second edition of the publication contains vital information on 31 faith groups, along with their cultural traditions and helpful information in an interactive and virtual booklet. 

We hope that the Faith Times 2022 Calendar will be a helpful tool in planning and executing activities for the rest of the year, and that it will enhance understanding, cooperation and friendship among you and the people with whom you share time and space.

To view the interactive web version of the Faith Times calendar, click here

To view the Faith Times calendar in PDF form, click here

Upcoming Events

Conversations That Matter – The Lynching of Allen Brooks: What Happened in 1910 and What It Means for Dallas in 2022

March 3 – Latino Cultural Center

Join us on Thursday, March 3 at the Latino Cultural Center for the first session of our Conversations That Matter series, “The Lynching of Allen Brooks: What Happened in 1910 and What It Means for Dallas in 2022.”  

The program will feature Dr. Scott Ellsworth and Dr. George Keaton Jr. as the keynote speakers. Dr. J. Larry Allums will moderate a discussion among four featured panelists.

To register, click here.

Restoring Hope: Moving Forward in Reconciliation 

March 4 – Virtual 

On Friday, March 4 at noon, The Public Forum Committee of the Dallas Bar Association & Faith Forward Dallas will host “Restoring Hope: Moving Forward in Reconciliation” via Zoom. 

Rabbi Andrew M. Paley, Imam Azhar Subedar and Pastor Bob Roberts will discuss moving forward in the aftermath of the January 15 hostage situation at the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue.

Register here.

An Evening of Cultural Appreciation

March 6 – Moody Performance Hall

Dallas’ Credo Community Choir and the Interfaith Council of The Thanks-Giving Foundation – in partnership – are thrilled to present this one-night-only show of support and appreciation for our city’s many cultures. 

The Dallas-Fort Worth community is invited to attend a celebration of music, dance, culture, and diversity on Sunday, March 6, at the Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street in Dallas. This free performance begins at 6 p.m. General admission seating.

21 Day Racial Equity Challenge 

March 19 – April 8

Faith Forward Dallas Racial Justice & Equity Task Force, Project Unity and City Square are excited to partner and host a 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge.

Starting on Saturday, March 19, we invite you to read, watch, listen, and reconcile with individuals from across our community for 21 consecutive days. Each day, you will receive an email with 2-3 options to deepen your knowledge.

Our Friday Conversations every week will highlight examples of three kinds of racism: interpersonal, institutional/systemic & structural/societal. The challenge is to combat racism in its many forms prevalent in our communities.

Register here.

Did You Know?

If you missed our Faiths in Conversation series, you can find the recordings from the sessions on Thanks-Giving Square’s Vimeo account, linked here.

The Faiths in Conversation program is designed to offer people of all cultures, faiths, and traditions opportunities to learn about the religions of their neighbors. 

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