The Third Thursday Lunch

The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and the Sowers of Justice Network
FOR is composed of women and men who recognize the essential unity of all creation and have joined together to explore the power of love and truth for resolving human conflict. While it has always been vigorous in its opposition to war, FOR has insisted equally that this effort must be based on a commitment to the achieving of a just and peaceful world community, with full dignity and freedom for every human being.

  1. Third Thursday Lunch - Stories From the Border

    Stories From the US-Mexico Border
    Hear two Louisville residents Tricia Lloyd-Sidle and Cory Lockhart talk about their recent experiences as human rights accompaniers on the US/Mexico border. Working in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Tricia Lloyd-Sidle (in June-July) and Cory Lockhart (in September) witnessed the impact US militarization of the border has on Mexican border communities. They accompanied asylum seekers hoping to enter the US and the Mexicans whose work with migrants makes them vulnerable. Tricia is a retired Presbyterian minister who volunteers locally with the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Cory teaches and facilitates classes and workshops on Compassionate Communication, nonviolence, and related topics, and is a reservist with Christian Peacemaker Teams.

  2. Third Thursday Lunch “Fork University”

    Food Justice with Doug Lowry

    What do you know about your fork besides what it pokes into your mouth? Fork University or Fork U showcases the dynamics of food justice and ways to create systemic change by engaging government, community organizations, local businesses, farm communities, and consumers. Doug will tell us how long term, sustainable policies and create a healthy, vibrant food system that invites innovative solutions to improve public health, local economic development, and harmony with nature. You will learn how advocacy and direct action can drive common community practices to make food systems more equitable, just, and environmentally sustainable.

    Passionate about justice and human need, Doug has worked as a community activist for labor unions, LGBTQ efforts, anti-racism work, food security issues, and environmental sustainability. He is a board member of the Sowers of Justice Network, the Louisville Community Grocery, the Food in Neighborhoods Community Coalition, CFAIR, and the West Louisville Dream Team.

  3. Third Thursday Lunch - KYCIR

    Kate Howard will talk you through the time, investment and vetting it takes
    to make good investigative journalism — and why it’s more crucial now
    than ever. She’ll share through the lens of a recent story about the disproportionate
    number of black youth locked up in Louisville’s juvenile system.
    Howard has been a journalist for more than 15 years at newspapers
    including The Tennessean and the Omaha World-Herald.
    She is managing editor of the Kentucky Center for Investigative
    Reporting, a nonprofit investigative newsroom housed at 89.3 WFPL.

  4. Third Thursday Lunch - Human Trafficking

    Amy Leenerts is the founder and director of Free2Hope, Inc., a non-profit organization that operates out of Louisville Kentucky. She will teach us what human trafficking is and what it is not, give examples of the warning signs of trafficking, and provide a basis of understanding of its root causes.

    Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world today. Defined under U. S. Federal Law, human trafficking includes labor trafficking, domestic servitude, and sex trafficking. Child and adult victims are trafficked in every country and in every state in the U.S.

  5. Third Thursday Lunch - Food Apartheid

    Andrew Kang Bartlett takes us on a brief journey through our food and farm system challenging us to work turning a death-dealing system into one of healing, connection and love.
    Food Apartheid in Louisville Exposes Hunger Capitalism PDF

    Food in Neighborhoods Community Coalition –

    Food & Faith Blog –

  6. Third Thursday Lunch - Reading Kanafani in Louisville

    Russ Vandenbroucke, Professor of Theatre and Director of UofL's Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation program, introduces us to Ghassan Kanafani's novella, adapted for the stage by Ismail Khalidi and Naomi Wallace, portrays two families, one Palestinian, one Jewish, forced into an intimacy they did not choose. Its Palestinian perspective is not to most given America's history of silencing. This past spring's staged readings are part of a two-year project focusing on "home" and its loss that reaches from "then and there" (the Middle East in 1948 and 1967) to the "here and now" of contemporary Louisville.