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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Dr. Ibrahim Imam - Palestine and Israel Updates and Analysis

    Dr. Imam is a Louisville professor at the University of Louisville. He was born as a Palestinian refugee in Damascus, Syria in 1948, the year the Palestinians call "The Nakba", the catastrophe that befell them when Jewish forces declared Israel a state and drove hundreds of thousands of them from their homes and lands into neighboring countries.
    He has devoted a good part of his life to staying abreast of events in Palestine/Israel, the UN and USA and in keeping the cause and plight of the Palestinian people alive and in current memory.

  4. Rev. Kelly Kirby - "Philanthropic Redlining"

    Rev. Kelly Kirby's presentation on "philanthropic redlining" and how we can support economic justice for the American descendants of slavery by supporting Black-led institutions.

    Redlining traditionally refers to the housing policies that resulted in the systematic denial of mortgage capital to black Americans during the 20th Century. Philanthropic redlining highlights misguided donor attitudes and practices that have led to significant underfunding of black-led organizations, particularly in the South and Midwest. Black-led organizations are more likely to be more reliant on government grants, resulting in many of them being more vulnerable to changes in government and recessions.

  5. Reparations - What We Should Know

    FOR's Third Thursday Luncheon features Dr. Kevin Cosby president of Simmons College and pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church teaching on Reparations.

  6. Police, Power and Privilege

    Sadiqa Reynolds, President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League, Joins us on Zoom

    Former District Judge Sadiqa Reynolds was the first woman to lead the Louisville Urban League. Her work on jobs, justice, education health, and housing has garnered the attention and coverage of CNN, FOX News, the NY Times and other national media outlets. Reynolds was the first African American to clerk for the Kentucky Supreme Court, and also the first African American to serve Kentucky as Inspector General. She has also run a private practice handling criminal defense matters, and representing abused, neglected and dependent children. Reynolds was Louisville Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year, the 2018 National Urban League Woman of Power and the Audrey Grievous Community Enrichment Award recipient. The National Bar Association also named her a Gertrude E. Rush Award recipient for her justice and advocacy work.