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Compassionate City – Compassionate Church

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Fiedler Atrium

2017 Summer Speaker Series
A variety of speakers will join us to share stories of compassion Sundays through August 6 at 9:45 a.m. in Fiedler Atrium.

July 9
“Dallas: One Year Later”
Amy Lewis Hofland – Crow Collection of Asian Art
Executive Director Amy Lewis Hofland leads the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, the preeminent museum dedicated to the arts and cultures of Asia in the southern United States. Earlier this year, Hofland instigated Compassion Now, a program that encourages Dallas residents to spend time in the museum on Sunday afternoons in quiet meditation and contemplation.  In 2016, Hofland led the museum in the production of a compassion-focused lecture series featuring thought leaders in the field.  Hofland is a life-long student, dedicated to her work at the museum, but also to creating a more compassionate society.  Most recently, she led the Dallas Arts District to sign the International Charter for Compassion and joined Compassionate DFW to lead the arts sector.  You can follow Amy’s journey toward compassion by following her blog amylewishofland.blogspot.com.

July 16
“What Compassion Does To Your Brain”
Dr. Terry Parsons – Psychologist
Dr. Terry Parsons has been a counselor in Dallas since 1980. He is a psychological consultant with SMU’s Perkins School of Theology’s Internship Program and teaches counseling courses at the Perkins School of Youth Ministry and at the Perkins Course of Study School for ministers. Dr. Parsons believes in the transformative power of compassion in our lives and relationships.


July 23
“Dallas is Changing…”
Charlie Scudder – Writer, The Dallas Morning News
Charlie Scudder is a feature writer at The Dallas Morning News, where he covers faith and Texas culture. He’s also a graduate student at Southern Methodist University, working toward a master’s degree in American Studies. In 2017, he was part of the staff at The News honored as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news reporting for coverage of the July 7, 2016 ambush on Dallas police officers.



July 30
“Engaging the Church in Public Education”
Rev. Charles Foster Johnson – Pastors for Texas Children
Throughout his thirty-six year pastoral ministry he has served churches in Mississippi, Kentucky and Texas, In 2013, he founded Pastors for Texas Children, a statewide ecumenical organization mobilizing the faith community for public education ministry and advocacy. His child advocacy also includes service on the Board of Trustees of the Child Friendly Faith Project and with New Horizons Treatment Center for Children.


August 6
“Dreaming a Downtown Church”
Rev. John Thornburg – Texas Methodist Foundation
John Thornburg is a fourth generation United Methodist pastor, song enlivener,  poet and  professional encourager.  After 22 years in parish ministry in North Texas, John pursued a new calling by starting an itinerant ministry of song leading and worship consultation called A Ministry of Congregational Singing.  He traveled the country leading congregations in singing, and consulted with churches about how to enrich the singing of the congregation. John’s hymn texts appear in 20 different hymnals and collections of Christian worship songs.

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