Food for Thought offers interfaith and community thought-provoking presentations consistent with Mecklenburg Ministries’ mission.

Presentations are 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church (1000 East Morehead Street) on the third Thursday of every month September-May. Admission is free. Registration is appreciated. Lunch is available for purchase on-site via cash or check for $7 and includes soup, salad, entree, dessert, and beverage.

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2014-2015 Program Schedule

December 18, 2014

Ancient Stories and Modern Shopping: Why Are Religions So Attached To The Winter Solstice?

Rabbi Jonathan Freirich will facilitate a lighthearted program which takes place during the Jewish Hanukkah, Christian Advent, and the secular Christmas Season madness. What is it about December anyway? How did we get here and why do we stay?

November 20, 2014

A Conversation with the US Attorney

From sentencing disparities to civil rights to human trafficking to domestic violence, US Attorney Anne Tompkins (Western District of North Carolina) will share stories of how the Office of the US Attorney is working to build greater equity in our justice system. Ms. Thompkins will present data and insights that are both provocative and productive as she engages the interfaith community in solution focused conversation.

October 16, 2014

A Faithful Look at Unconditional Forgiveness

Therese Bartholomew will guide in a discussion on forgiveness using stories and clips from her documentary, “The Final Gift”, which chronicles her journey to “[find] faith and humanity in dark and unexpected places and then being willing to see possibilities.”

September 18, 2014

Faithful Sustainability

Queen of Green and former TV meteorologist Terri Bennett is on a mission to help people understand that going green is not only about fighting climate change, it’s about being faithful stewards of our planet. She brings a fresh, ‘no-guilt” perspective to everyday green living that will create healthier lifestyles that our planet can sustain.

August 21, 2014

Saving Tomorrow Today – Responding Faithfully to Mental Health Crises and Suicide

Kathryn Falbo-Woodson will facilitate a discussion for faith communities and faith leaders to better understand mental health crises and suicide with an emphasis on risks, response and prevention.