An End to Slavery, but was it the Beginning to Freedom? (ZOOM)

June 19, 1865, or “Juneteenth,” is the oldest nationally recognized commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States when news of emancipation reached Galveston, TX.Although the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. In June 2023, more than 158 years after emancipation, people of faith and humanity may want to have a conversation, a truly non-political, nonjudgmental conversation, about how far we’ve come in our journey to true love, humanity and justice for all people. Perhaps this will be a true celebration of “Juneteenth.”

Challenge Your Dark Secret

Too many people are dissatisfied with their lives but cannot make positive changes for various reasons. Gary Eby will explain what can keep us stuck and how we can rise above it to become all we are meant to be— free and unlimited. He will also focus on four steps to overcome many forms of adversity based on his work with veterans in the VA hospital system. After his talk, he will be available for book signings and a short demonstration of a support group process he calls “Positive Life Changes.”

3000-year-old Solutions to Modern Problems (ZOOM)

Indigenous Peoples leveraged immense influence on their surrounding lands, fires, and waters in ways that could heal our planet today. Lyla June will share her research on the ways in which pre-colonial Indigenous Nations gardened large regions of Turtle Island (aka the Americas) to produce abundant food systems for humans and non-humans. The success of these systems is believed to be due to their underlying value system of respect, reverence, responsibility and reciprocity.