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. More Than Just a Bed: Addressing the Needs of Louisville’s Homeless

    More Than Just a Bed: Addressing the Needs of Louisville’s Homeless
    Nina Moseley, now CEO of Wayside Christian Mission, will speak at the FOR Third Thursday Lunch on January 16, 2020. Nina has worked with the homeless in Louisville and at Wayside since 1988. Some years later Wayside Christian Mission purchased the property now known as Hotel Louisville. Together with her husband, the Rev. Tim Moseley, Nina is intimately familiar with the scope and needs of Louisville’s homeless and have made Hotel Louisville a welcoming place that addresses the complex needs of those who have no permanent home.

  2. ASALH - Migration From Our Ignorance to the Truth

    Barbara Spencer Dunn (author/lay historian/scholar activist), takes us on a ‘thought journey’ as she explores the topic Migration From Our Ignorance to the Truth as she provides thought provoking historical facts enhanced by the philosophy of the Father of Black History, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson. Mrs. Dunn’s presentation hopes to leave her audience on a path that will help to make this world a better place to live as we earnestly encounter the fact that we are more alike than different and the realization that race is a social construct--there is one race--the human race. She leaves us in a moment in time that begs an answer to the question “Where do we go from here?”

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  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.