Jul 15 Debbie Hill: Book Review

Grateful:  The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks”  by Diana Butler Bass

The author explores why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminates how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls.

June 10  Mike Perkins, Executive Director Orange County Regional History Center, – on the Anniversary of PULSE

On June 12, 2016, Orange County was impacted greatly by a senseless act of violence and hatred at Pulse Nightclub.

The Orange County History Center in partnership with Orange County Government created the One Orlando Collection, a tribute to the victims and survivors of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. More than 5,000 artifacts were collected, curated and documented from various sites across Central Florida, include the Pulse nightclub.

During Orlando United Day | A Day of Love and Kindness, the History Center opened a temporary exhibit that included hundreds of artifacts and memorials for loved ones, survivors, and community members to view. The exhibit was retired later as final plans to permanently display these items continue. Mike’s presentation today will update us on the progress of the memorial as a permanent exhibit.

Jun 03 Jeffery Redding, Ph.D.(FUMCO Choir Director)

Dr. Redding holds a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Music Education and a Master of Music Education, both from Florida State University, and a B.S. in Music Education from Florida A&M University. He is a member of ACDA, NAfME, FVA, NATS, and Chorus America. In the Florida Vocal Association (FVA) he has served as District 8 Chairperson. In the Florida ACDA, he has served as State R&R Chair for Ethnic Music/Multicultural Affairs, Co-Chair for the High School Mixed Honor Choir, and Youth/Student Activities. Currently, he is the State R&R Chair for High School Mixed Choir for Florida ACDA. Nationally, Dr. Redding is in demand as a guest conductor and lecturer. He has conducted the ACDA National High School Honor Choir, the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the North Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the Eastern Division ACDA Honor Choir and All-State and Honor choirs in more than 25 states. In 2014, he was the only American adjudicator at the International Choral Festival, Verona, Italy and recently, he conducted at the TAISM Festival of Choirs in Muscat, Oman. He is also one of the conductors for Disney’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot. 

May 20 A Review of “From Sand to Solid Ground: Questions of Faith for Modern Catholics” by Michael Morwood – Presented by Gene Zimmerman

Michael Morwood raises questions of faith that are on the minds of many Catholics and other Christians today. While Church authority will not permit Catholic academics to raise or discuss many of these controversial topics publicly, Morwood boldly delves into the issues with clarity, courage, hope, and inspiration from his extensive experience in spirituality and adult faith formation.