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Higher Ground

HIGHER GROUND: CATALYZING CHANGE

The idea of catalyzing change was the backdrop of one of our programs here at Thanks-Giving Square. The Thanks-Giving Foundation joined the many who were reading Jim Schutze's The Accommodation: The Politics of Race in an American City. We were privileged over the month of September to host Wednesday noon meditations in our Hall of Thanks-Giving, and to host online curated conversations Wednesday evenings. With each guided meditation or point in conversation, The Accommodation raised questions, like "what's next?" or "how do we not fall into the same cycles?" These questions have captivated our hearts and minds, and now are the backdrop and encouragement for our collective impact for our beloved Thanks-Giving Community and beyond!

The Thanks-Giving Community...our Foundation, Faith Forward Dallas, the Inter-Faith Council...with your help, engagement, courage, strength, and compassion, can help our city identify and change the systems that create inequity, inequality, and injustice. How do we introducing new, powerful ways of coming together to seek the abundance of resources in one another and all around us? Maybe, in this new season, a fresh new start, a wider expanse to explore, we can become a "catalyst" for change. And, with gratitude as our foundation, The Thanks-Giving Community can be at the center of a movement of making Dallas the City of Thanks-Giving! 

On a more individual and personal level, how do you and I begin to open our eyes, ears, and lives to our old choices, habits, and patterns that are no longer effective? Maybe that is where the real lasting change begins: within us. It will take some mindful self-examination to bring us to this Higher Ground, but we are standing on a foundation of those who dreamt big dreams and achieved great things. The time is now for us to catalyze the change we want to see in the world. 

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Faiths in Conversation

MONDAY, October 3, 4:00 p.m., our Inter-Faith Council is hosting "Faiths in Conversation: Ethic of Creation Care." Participants will join this monthly on-line series via a ZOOM link that will be provided upon registration. See below for details. 
 


 

Upcoming Events

Beyond The Accommodation
A Raw and Real Conversation
 with Jim Schutze and Peter Johnson

About Dallas' Civil Rights History
October 7, 2022
7:00 p.m. 
St Paul United Methodist Church
1816 Routh Street, Dallas, TX


REGISTER HERE
 
The Accommodation, the powerful, long-repressed classic book of Dallas history, examines the violent and suppressed history of race and racism in the city. Written by longtime Dallas political journalist Jim Schutze, formerly of the Dallas Times Herald and Dallas Observer, and currently columnist at D Magazine, The Accommodation follows the story of Dallas from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement, and the city’s desegregation efforts in the 1950s and ‘60s. Schutze’s book serves as a reminder of what an American city will do to protect the white status quo.

Reverend Peter Johnson is a prominent civil rights leader whose history of activism in Dallas, some of which is described in the book, spans over four decades. Johnson participated in a variety of other civil rights protests across the South, including campaigns in Birmingham, Selma, and the March on Washington. In addition to his activism as a student, Johnson went on to work for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in Atlanta, where he joined civil rights leaders like Andrew Young, Bernard Lafayette, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jim Schutze, the author, and Peter Johnson, the outside agitator, have never before shared a stage to discuss The Accommodation. Thanks-Giving Square joins with a number of community partners in sponsoring this free event. Please join us for a night to be remembered. Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required.

SAVE THE DATE: FIFTH ANNUAL INTER-FAITH THANKS-GIVING SERVICE
St. Rita Catholic Community (12521 Inwood Road, Dallas, 75244)
November 17, 2022
7 p.m. with a reception to follow


Gratitude Spotlight

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
The Thanks-Giving Foundation raised nearly $50,000 from this year's North Texas (Thanks-)Giving Day!!!
Each month, visitors (of all ages) leave about 500 expressions of gratitude on our Gratitude Wall inside the Chapel of Thanks-Giving. Here (below) is a sampling of a few of our September favorites. You are invited to leave your own personal expression of gratitude on our Gratitude Wall when you visit Thanks-Giving Square, or online when you visit our Facebook Page.
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