The Third Thursday Lunch

A program from 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. The program Solutions to Violence on WFMP Forward Radio airs all of these programs.

  1. On Ukraine

    Dr. Andrew J. Bacevich
    Answering questions about Ukraine and Russia
    Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University. He is also the founder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statesmanship, the author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War, The End of American Exceptionalism, The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S.Diplomacy.

  2. Hurt to Hope and ultimately, to Healing: How Gun Violence changed My Life

    Rose Smith's son, Cory Crowe, was gunned down in October 2014.
    Across the years since Rose Smith has evolved into a vigorous anti-violence activist and is a leader in the Moms Demand Action movement.In honor of Cory, she has established the ACE Project, A.C.E.= Acting Compassionately Everyday. Working With The Hand You Were Dealt. a community center in west Louisville where she wants other children to find a path more promising than the one which led to her son's death. Rose Smith was joined by Barbara Boyd, a member of the Third Thursday team representing the Sowers of Justice Network. Barbara’s grandson, Austin Goodlett, has recently been grievously wounded and disabled by gunfire.
    Barbara Boyd is a teacher (Rank I) retired from JCPS, a former chair of the KY Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression and the president of the Louisville branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

  3. 2022 Kentucky Assembly with Rep. Pamela Stevenson

    In this current legislative session, Rep. Pamela Stevenson is co-sponsoring bills concerned with civil rights, mental and physical health, veterans’ rights, animal welfare and instruction relating to African and Native American history.

    Beginning her career as a graduate of the Brown School, reaching the rank of colonel during 27 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and earning a doctorate in jurisprudence degree (JD) from Indiana University Representative Stevenson now directs a non-profit firm that specializes in family and elder law. In 2020 she was elected to represent Louisville’s 43rd political district in the General Assembly.

  4. Homelessness in Louisville

    Natalie Harris, the Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless
    Ms. Harris will speak about how the affordable housing crisis and segregation in Louisville affect those who are unable to afford or maintain housing in our community. In addition to statistics showing who and how many people are in need of housing, she will share how things have changed even more rapidly during COVID - in good and bad ways - and how we can work to make things better in the future.Natalie was responsible for working to create "Rx: Housing/Louisville", an effort to end both veteran and chronic homelessness in Louisville.
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  5. Race, Power and the Theology of Christian Nationalism

    Welcome 0:46 Building on the theological heresy of Christian nationalism, white evangelicalism continues its long history of white supremacy, exclusion, and intolerance. Local institutions and politicians with national reach still committed to this theological and political worldview are poisoning our democracy and skewing the values of faith. Panelists Rev. Jason Crosby 2:49 Rev. Aletha Fields,14:50,Rev. Maurice Blanchard 22:50 Rev. Derek Penwell 32:44 look at this movement’s theology and offer a way forward in light of this dangerous melding of political power and faith. Questions 45:30
    Co-sponsors for Nonviolence & Anti-racism Sowers Forums and Workshops include The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Oppression, ASALH Louisville Branch, EmpowerWest, Heart Communication, Fellowship of Reconciliation Louisville Chapter, Interfaith Paths to Peace and others.

  6. Third Thursday Lunch with Dr. Ricky Jones

    Dr. Jones takes his research interests of African American politics and leadership; political theory; African American nationalism; violence and resistance; and the African American male from the classroom into the streets of Louisville, the pages of the Courier-Journal and LEO Weekly and the air waves of The REAL 93.1 FM.

    As an activist and public scholar working for socially just reforms and a deeper understanding of America's racial past Dr. Jones's forthright analyses and strong voice
    are also sought by national and international media.