Who would you like to have lunch with? We provide the people – you bring your lunch! The focus of this group will be on learning about provocative people in our midst (in the USA & elsewhere). Written and video material will be used to discover the wisdom and character of each person. Bring your lunch to enjoy during the discussion period. A planning committee of members was created to organize and lead the sessions. The underlying notion is that each of us has something to teach – and learn from one another.
October 8: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, and one of the world’s great spiritual leaders. He has lived in exile in Dharamsala, India since 1959 when Chinese forces invaded Tibet. A noted author and much sought-after public speaker, the Dalai Lama explores big ideas - personal enlightenment, the meaning of freedom, and the art of happiness. Presented by Bill Haskell
October 22: "The songs charged the air we breathed,” said Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon referring to the power of the music in the Civil Rights Movement. Cultural historian, singer, song writer, teacher and activist, her music carries history, endurance, and resilience. Presented by Olive Shaughnessy
November 12: Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg is a Swedish activist who, at age 15, began protesting outside the Swedish parliament in August 2018 about the need for immediate action to combat climate change. She's now 16 and will travel to New York in a boat to address the U.N. on the urgency of action. Presented by Linda Lewin
November 26: “Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.” Rebecca Solnit is an incisive voice on topics ranging from feminism to the environment, western and indigenous history to literary criticism, and from hope and disaster to popular power and social change. Presented by Lynn Davis
December 10: “The most powerful woman in the world,” so designated by Forbes Magazine for a record fourteenth time. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has led her country for four consecutive terms, but says she will not run again. Learn the fascinating backstory of a remarkable woman who has been the de facto leader of the European Union for the last decade. Presented by Karen Crommie
January 14: Singer, Author, Activist, & Leader: Coretta Scott King was a beloved freedom fighter and one of the mothers of the Civil Rights Movement. Her mission in life was to advocate for equal rights, especially for African American equality. Presented by Judy Jacobs