Women’s Wednesday Evening Book Study
Sundays from 9:15 – 10:00 am
Despite obvious improvements in race relations in America in the last 50 years, we still do not live in a “post-racial” society. Why is this? Recent work in theology suggests that the idea of race is linked to certain basic world views that build how we make sense of our lives, and to certain important moves made in the history of Christian theology. What is race, why can’t we think without it, how does it operate in our religious lives, and what can we do about it?
Facilitator: Ted Vial teaches Modern Western Religious Thought at the Iliff School of Theology.
Contemporary Issues Forum
Large swaths of the Denver metro area are without food markets of any kind. Residents are faced with traveling great distances to shop for food or settling for eating expensive, unhealthy foods from convenience stores. A vibrant coalition of private, public, and church groups has taken shape in the Northeast Denver area to break through this vexing problem and empower local residents in the process. “The Garden” is an umbrella organization for much of this effort.
Facilitator: Aleece Raw, Founder of The Garden and the Sunshine Food Project, and guests will share the exciting developments unfolding near Montview
May 4: The “Local Food Revolution”: Localizing Our Food Supply
Along the Colorado Front Range, many individuals, families, organizations, churches, businesses and local governments are in the process of rethinking and re-visioning our food supply, beginning to shape its future and bringing it closer to home. For most of us our food arrives on our plate via a not-so-healthy, safe or sustainable globalized supply chain. A food revolution is under way, and it’s happening right here in the Front Range. Learn about how we are engaging and investing as a community of citizens consciously developing a regional food system that empowers us to meet our own needs locally. Increasingly, we want food that brings us into connection with life, land and community.
An interactive panel discussion with Michael Brownlee, co-founder of Local Food Shift, LLC; Woody Tasch, founder of Slow Money; and Mickki Langston, co-founder of Mile High Business Alliance, and Tom Abood, Founder of Local Matters Investments
May 11: The Local Fight Against Childhood Obesity
Food insecurity (hunger) and childhood obesity are considered to be some of the most important public health challenges of the 21st century. Experience and research evidence shows that addressing poverty, housing, education and changing a person’s neighborhood environment can improve these conditions. Mondi Mason will be discussing the intersection of hunger and obesity and sharing what is happening to impact these issues and improve neighborhood food environments in Denver.
Facilitator: Mondi Mason, PhD, MPH | Policy Program Administrator
Department of Environmental Health | City and County of Denver