Sep 29  “Feeding Children in OCPS Schools?” – Lora Gilbert, MS,RD,LD, FADA, SNS

OCPS School Food and Nutrition Services, Sr. Director, Orange County Public Schools MS in Human Nutrition, Kansas State University, Registered Dietitian, Fellow of the American Dietetic Association, School Nutrition Specialist

Facts about OCPS Food and Nutrition Services
8th largest district in the nation
1,624 Food Service Employees
42 Million meals served in FY18, 1 million meals every 5 days
30% increase in meals served in the last 5 years
Silver Plate Honor from the National Restaurant Association
Orlando Sentinel Culinary Hall of Fame, for changing the way children eat
Florida Sterling Sustaining Leadership Award, 2017
Florida Sterling Leadership Award, 2014
Ten USDA Best Practice Awards 2008 – current
Distinguished Dietitian of the Year, Kansas 1998
Work History
2002 – current, Sr. Director, Food and Nutrition Services, OCPS
1992 – 2002 Corporate Nutritionist, Schwans Sales Enterprises

Sep 22  Ron Lee “How Our Worship Came To Be” (A continuation of a talk given May 12)

Pastor Lee is a graduate of Mount Union College, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with Honors, in English, and a Master of Divinity Degree, from the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.
His entire career has focused on the renewal of congregations in conflict and decline, dealing with such issues as suicide, misconduct, sudden death, and  substance abuse, on the part of lead pastors, and the effect difficult chapters of ministry had on the congregations they served.

Aug 25 Pamela “Sissi” Carroll, Ed.D. Professor and Dean:College of Community Innovation and Education at UCF will speak on: “The New UCF Downtown Campus”

UCF Downtown, in partnership with Valencia College, will bring 7,700 students to live, learn and work in downtown Orlando, creating a game-changing campus in the heart of the city. Scheduled to open in fall 2019, this transformational project, which kick-starts Orlando’s $1 billion public-private Creative Village, will increase access for students, provide pathways into high-demand career fields, foster collaboration with neighbors in meaningful ways and improve countless lives through the power of education.

Dr. Carroll received her EdD from Auburn University in English/Language Arts Teacher Education, along with a M.S. from Florida State University. She came to UCF from Oklahoma State University, where she served as dean and director of professional education and the Stella V. Anderson Endowed Professor of Education.

Dr. Carroll was associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Education at Florida State University and a faculty member there for 21 years, serving in various administrative roles, including department chair and program coordinator.

Sissi (as she likes to be called) also served as an assistant professor at Georgetown College in Kentucky, specializing in teacher education and adolescent and young-adult literature.

Aug 18 John Richard: “Heaven Can Wait”

John will give a talk based on work done by John Dominic Crossan on Mathew’s Gospel and how Mathew’s use of the term “Kingdom of Heaven” rather than Jesus’s term “Kingdom of God”, has confused Christian theology for 2000 years. Understanding the significance of this discussion is fundamental to progressive Christianity.

Aug 04 Kathleen McLaurin: Part 2 of “Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right” by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Arlie Hochschild, one of the most influential sociologists of her generation, has spent the last several years immersed in the community around Lake Charles, Louisiana, a Tea Party stronghold. As Jedediah Purdy put it in the New Republic, “Hochschild is fascinated by how people make sense of their lives. . . . [Her] attentive, detailed portraits . . . reveal a gulf between Hochschild’s ‘strangers in their own land’ and a new elite.”

Jul 28 Doug Barrett: “We Are Everytown for Gun Safety”

Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives. But something is changing. More than 5 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, students and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Together, we are fighting for the changes that we know will save lives.