Directions: Enter First Baptist Church (108 W. College Avenue) from either main Adams Street or main Duval Street entrance. Go downstairs and you will see the check-in table in front of the Fellowship Hall. If you're early, you might need to ask to be buzzed in.
Parking Directions: Parking available on-site off of Duval Street (opposite Ron Sachs Communications). You may also park in metered spaces on Park Avenue or Adams or at Kleman Plaza.
Jonathan Turley: Separation of Church and State? Not on the 2012 Campaign Trail online HERE.
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Meet the "God Squad" - the brains behind "Faith, Food, Friday." They're running with the contrarian notion that maybe we should be talking about the challenging issues that surround faith in America after all? With faith (or lack thereof) used too often as a political tool, the public square could probably stand a change of pace. Whoever you are, whatever your beliefs, bring an open mind, an open heart (and an appetite) for what we hope will be a continuing conversation that defies the biases we seem to have against each other. Every program will include a changing cast of characters to spark the discussion, from leaders in the faith community to scientists, to secularists, to - who knows - maybe you. We hope you'll join us as we explore what happens when we cross each others' thresholds and break a little bread together.
Jon Meacham, writes: "On this Presidents' Day, it is worth pausing for a just a moment to consider the history of religious references and the presidency---an act of consideration that I hope helps us keep faith in the public square in proper perspective.
For the wonderful thing about American public religion- or what Lincoln called our "political religion" - is that its creed is liberty and the rule of law, not coercion or forced belief or a link between one's civil and religious lives. George Washington promised that the government would "give to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance," a promise that I think is as fundamental to America as the promises of the Declaration of Independence.
Liberty and faith, like reason and faith, need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, there is a strong theological argument for freedom of (and from) religion: If God himself did not compel obedience or love, then who are men to try? As Robert Ingersoll, the great 19th century agnostic, once said, it is a poor religion that requires a musket to enforce belief."
Faith in the Public Square
Friday, October 28th
Food is served beginning at 11:30
Program begins promptly at noon and runs until 1 pm
First Baptist Church downtown, 108 W. College Avenue (enter from either the Adams Street or Duval Street Welcome Center entrance)
This event is free and open to the public; there is no charge to attend. A hot lunch is available (menu below) for $8 payable at the door (cash or check only). Please RSVP so that we know how many will be attending and how many will be eating.
Awesome Chicken (boneless breast topped a creamy sauce, Swiss cheese & stuffing)
Mark your calendar for the next "Faith, Food, Friday":
The December Dilemma
Covering hot topics like the meaning of the season and the "War on Christmas"