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.

May 13 (Mother’s Day) John Richard: “The Kingdom of God”

Using the work of John Dominic Crossan and others from the Jesus Seminar, John discussed how some scholars have observed that the Gospel of Thomas and the Q material, as contrasted with the four canonical gospels, are similar in their emphasis on the sayings, or life of Jesus rather than the passion of Jesus.

As a class, we talked about the sharing of spiritual gifts (healing) and the sharing of physical gifts, (symbolized by eating) all as representative of God’s Creation.

“the Kingdom of God is open to anyone brave enough to live it.”


May 06 Rev. Katrina Jenkins, Dean of Religious Life, Rollins College – Theology and HIV

The Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life develops space for religious-specific programming, facilitates interfaith dialogue & work, coordinates educational opportunities which delve into ethical, religious, philosophical, & spiritual subjects, engages in conflict transformation, and more. The Dean works with a wide variety of spiritual communities to best provide for the needs of Rollins’ diverse campus. Accordingly, the Dean is also active in representing Rollins in conversations with the greater community of Winter Park and Orlando.

Apr 22 A review of “Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?” a book by Robert Kuttner

Presented by Frank Gilbert

In the past few decades, the wages of most workers have stagnated, even as productivity increased. Social supports have been cut, while corporations have achieved record profits. Downward mobility has produced political backlash.

Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism? argues that neither trade nor immigration nor technological change is responsible for the harm to workers’ prospects. According to Robert Kuttner, global capitalism is to blame. By limiting workers’ rights, liberating bankers, allowing corporations to evade taxation, and preventing nations from assuring economic security, raw capitalism strikes at the very foundation of a healthy democracy. Is today’s poisonous alliance of reckless finance and ultranationalism inevitable? Or can we find the political will to make capitalism serve democracy, and not the other way around

Apr 15 Allen Vang and Leeanna Mims spoke on: Human Trafficking

Allen Vang serves as a member of the Speakers Bureau for Florida Abolitionists. Prior to moving to Orlando in 2018, he studied Business Management at Lakeshore Technical College. He distinguished himself as Vice President of Membership in Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, which led him to collaboration with other organizations helping to dismantle the infrastructure of Human Trafficking. Allen transferred to Herzing University to pursue his bachelor’s degree and continues to speak about and work towards ending all trafficking.

Ms. Leeanna Mims has over 30 years of experience in Public Safety. In 2015, she retired as Fire Chief for Seminole County. Leeanna has a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Center of Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Post Graduate School, as well as a Bachelor’s in Management from the University of Phoenix. A graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, she is also a Florida certified paramedic. She began volunteering to help grow awareness of human trafficking after realizing how many people in the community were unaware of the scope of the problem. She is a resident of Lake Mary, Florida.