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Everyone wants to have conversations about things that matter. More than that, we believe one of the gifts communities of faith have to offer is a place to talk about the issues, concerns and passions which are on our hearts. As part of Trinity's Thrive initiative, we are conducting Conversations that Matters programs thoughout the year. These programs are designed to support Trinity congregation members as well as our broader DuPage community.

These Programs Will

  • be lively and informative discussions;
  • be led by experienced, highly recommended facilitators; and
  • provide a compassionate, thoughtful source of learning for our community.

If you have questions about this program or would like to suggest a topic, please email Trinity at office@trinitywheaton.org.

Conversations That Matter

Gun Violence - November 12

Two faculty members from North Central College will facilitate a conversation on social and political aspects of gun violence and on language and images used in messages about gun violence at Trinity on Tuesday, November 12 beginning at 7pm.

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Dr. Steve Macek is Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at North Central College. He teaches courses on media studies and the First Amendment. He is the author of Urban Nightmares: The Media, the Right and the Moral Panic over the City (University of Minnesota Press, 2006), a critical analysis of media representations of American cities and the urban poor in the 1980s and 90s. “In 2017, there were close to 40,000 gun-related deaths in the United States, more than in all the other advanced, industrialized democracies of the world combined. As a nation, we have more weapons than citizens. Yet, thanks to the enormous influence of the NRA’s conservative and an erroneous interpretation of the 2nd Amendment as an individual ‘right to bear arms,’ it has been next to impossible to curtail the epidemic of gun violence. That needs to change.”

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Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science at North Central College. He is co-founder and co-director of The Project on Race in Political Communication, and is the author of Inequality in America: Race, Poverty, and Fulfilling Democracy's Promise. (2n ed. Routledge, 2017) and co-author with Charlton McIlwain of Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns, (Temple University Press, 2011). “The debate about guns is one of the most pressing and divisive of our time. Addressing the capacity and potential for violence is imperative, and we need to find ways to do so with honesty and a shared sense of responsibility.”

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Trinity is planning more sessions for Conversations That Matter. Please visit this site in the future for announcements about new sessions or look for Conversations That Matter announcements from our social media outlets.

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