top of page
  • Writer's pictureDavid Carlson

870: Announcements for upcoming events and links to important videos

Day 870: Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Announcements for upcoming events and links to important videos

Anouncement #1: Visit Gaza virtually with a guide!

Gaza: Beautiful Resistance Travel Virtually to Gaza with Donkeysaddle Projects and Just Vision

Three Opportunities to Join - Register Below! August 28: 1:00-2:30pm ET,

August 30: 12:00-1:30pm ET, or

September 2: 12:00-1:30pm ET

Gaza is often portrayed as a place of desperation and violence, due to decades of occupation, siege and ongoing brutal assaults. What is far less often portrayed is Gaza as a place of life, laughter, joy, and creativity.

On this Virtual Delegation of the Gaza Strip, we will introduce you to beautiful resistance in the Gaza Strip. Through music, art, dancing and more, Palestinians in Gaza resist the dehumanization inherent in colonization.

Meet Palestinians in Gaza who insist on expressing their full humanity and on waging life!

Join Our Guide, Fadi Abu Shammalah:

Fadi Abu Shammalah manages Donkeysaddle Projects' Palestine Grassroots Distribution Project. Fadi is also Just Vision's Outreach Associate in Gaza, where he oversees screenings and programming with students, educators, youth, cultural leaders, NGOs, women's organizations and universities. He is also the executive director of the General Union of Cultural Centers - the only cultural union in Palestine. In addition, he has worked as an interpreter, producer and fixer for numerous international institutions and news agencies including Washington Post, De Standaard, Corriere Della Sera, Rai radio and TV, The National. He has written about his experiences in Gaza in op-eds for the New York Times and TIME Magazine.

Fadi has a BA in English Language from Al Aqsa University and has lived his entire life in Gaza.His three amazing boys and incredible wife are the center of his life!


Link to: "Women Erased" Series: Women in Second Temple Judaism

Link to Videos and Further Reading: Thank you for signing up for our "Women Erased" Series. We hope you were able to join us live last night for Professor Levine's engaging, entertaining, and educational presentation on women in Second Temple Judaism.

If you were unable to join us last night, want to re-watch, or would like to share with others, you can view the video and find additional articles and books by Professor Levine at

Women Erased Series: You can view videos of all previous sessions and upcoming presentations as they're scheduled at

It is always wonderful to be with you!


Deb Rose and Russ Petrus, Co-directors, Future Church

ANNOUNCEMENT #3: from Steve Lyman:

Harvard Discussion with Bill McKibben

I was wondering if we could post this link below on the blog. It's from a Harvard event from June of this year. Mary Evelyn Tucker interviewing Bill McKibben. McKibben's Third Act (eldership) is important. This interview is really good. It exposes Joe Manchin for who he is and highlights the changes we need to facilitate regarding eco-justice. A big endorsement of Laudato Si.

(Women’s reproductive rights protest at the Plaza June 24, 2022.

Photo by Angela C. Bond)

P.S. Did you know the Catholic Church put $3,100,110 into passing the Kansas proposition to allow the state legislature to control women's health rights? How about a million dollars to the poor in Kansas, or to save lives from climate change, or to stop the death penalty?

- Steve

Here's a letter to the editor of the Pitch in Kansas City:

We’ve been asking members of the KC community to submit stories about their thoughts and experiences in all walks of life. If you’ve got a story you’d like to share with our readers, please send it to for consideration. Today, former lawyer and current KU law teacher Amii Castle weighs in on the upcoming Amendment 2 vote in Kansas.

"My religious freedom is up for sale, and the Catholic church is buying. Since January 2022, three Catholic dioceses—the Archdiocese of Kansas City, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina—have primarily funded the Value Them Both campaign—the campaign that urges voters to “Vote Yes” on August 2 to ban abortions in Kansas. Those three Catholic dioceses contributed over $3,100,000 to fund Value Them Both—over 66% of the $4,461,596 in cash donations. Value Them Both has spent much of that money on advertising, marketing, and paying campaign workers.

But Catholic leaders are buying their way to imposing their religion on me, even though I’m not Catholic. Most of us Kansans—75%—are not Catholic. Yet, the well-funded Catholic church has given millions of dollars towards this massive effort to impose a Catholic belief—that abortions should be banned in all cases—on the other 75% of us. Many of us in that 75% believe that abortion should remain legal, at least in some cases, like rape, incest, or to save the life of the pregnant person.

If you are Catholic and you believe abortion is wrong in all cases, then don’t get an abortion. But please keep your religion—and your money—out of my religious freedoms."

31 views0 comments
bottom of page