The Vital Conversations with Our Community series brings people together for important conversations about topics affecting our community. Interfaith Relations & Community Partnerships hosted an inaugural conversation during summer 2020, featuring a dialogue with the “Three Amigos”, Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza, Rev. William A. Lawson, and the late Rabbi Samuel E. Karff. This conversation, aired on Juneteenth and in the wake of the death of George Floyd, was in response to Mr. Floyd’s death and was also a moving summary of the work of these three men, the friendship that has supported them, and the vision that has inspired them. All of our Vital Conversations episodes have been inspired by this initial conversation about civil rights, racial injustices and the struggle for a just society.
After a summer dialogue with leaders from Project Curate on the importance of allyship, our fall series included a dialogue with four young leaders on how young people can and are reinventing social change. The second episode was a conversation with the Fifth Ward’s Community Redevelopment Corporation on transformative community work. Finally, the December dialogue was with Rice University’s Houston Education Research Consortium, focusing upon educational equity.
We offer thanks to our fall series sponsor, Bridgeway Capital Management, and our Conversation Sponsor for the December Vital Conversation, CITGO Petroleum.
Vital Conversations Study Guide
Interfaith Ministries has developed a study guide so that you can use these five videos, each about an hour-long, as resources for dialogue in your community. We at Interfaith Ministries hope that these study guides will make these videos useful far beyond their original recording. We think that these guides could be of interest for:
• faith community study groups
• middle school and high school students
• corporate employee resource groups
• non-profits seeking continuing education opportunities
• anyone looking to think more critically about the needs of the Greater Houston community.
You can download the study guide, submit an online feedback form describing how you used this study guide in your community, use the
links to the five previous 2020 Vital Conversations and donate below!