“Audrie and Daisy” Doc Night

“Audrie and Daisy” Doc Night

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 join The Portico and the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay for a free screening of the documentary “Audrie and Daisy” and post-film discussion. Prepare to experience this raw, provocative look at a feature-length documentary film about this new era of social issues facing teenage youth.

In this film two different girls are sexually assaulted on two different nights, in two different towns. “Audrie and Daisy” takes a hard look at the problems faced by America’s teenagers who are coming of age in the new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.

View Trailer Here: https://youtu.be/29Dr4ChJUBc

Second Floor of The Portico “Coversations” Building

Synopsis From Website:
AUDRIE & DAISY is an urgent real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. From acclaimed filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk AUDRIE & DAISY — which made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — takes a hard look at American’s teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.

Directors’ Statement From Website:
“As parents of teenagers ourselves, we were deeply troubled by the frequency of sexual assaults in high schools across the country. But, even more shocking and new to us were the pictures and videos posted online – almost as trophies – by teens that have committed and witnessed these crimes. The online forum for sharing these images and comments has become the new public square of shame for our adolescents.” –Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk

This event is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome.

About The Co-hosts:
The mission of the Crisis Center is to ensure that no one in our community has to face crisis alone. The Crisis Center is there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help our community deal with the devastating trauma of sexual assault or abuse, domestic violence, financial distress, substance abuse, medical emergency, suicidal thoughts and emotional or situational problems.

Brief facilitated discussion immediately following the film.

Midweek Message: Is God Mad at Me?

Midweek Message: Is God Mad at Me?

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March 24, 2017

Dear Hyde Park Family,

When I was an elementary student at a local Christian school, my classmates and I were all fearful of principal Jack Santhouse. He seemed at least 6-1/2 feet tall, with broad shoulders and sullen eyes, a square jaw, and a sharp nose. But what we were most afraid of was the large wooden paddle he displayed above the desk in his office. Naughty students would come back into class wiping away tears upon returning from his office, and sitting in their seats a little more gingerly than when they left.

But Mr. Santhouse was also the leader of our mandatory Friday morning chapel assembly. All the students would gather at 8:30 in the morning, our little restless bodies stifled motionless lest we get a stern glare from him or our teachers. He would stand up, front and center on the stage, and call us to the pledging of allegiance to both the American flag and the Christian flag. And then he would lead us in singing “New Life,” the school theme song. I can still remember the words and melody of the chorus to this day:

New Life in Christ abundant and free!
What glories shine, what joys are mine,
What wondrous blessings I see!
My past with its sin, the searching and strife,
Forever gone — There’s a bright new dawn!
For in Christ I have found new life.

And when we got to the words “bright new dawn,” Mr. Santhouse would hop up onto the balls of his feet, making his towering frame seem even more imposing.

I will admit that during my whole elementary school career, I never had a cross run-in with Mr. Santhouse. I was spared his use of the big wooden paddle, and, truth be told, I learned to like him very much. And I think he liked me. But in retrospect, I have come to see that he played an even more significant role in my faith formation than I could ever have acknowledged at the time.

For better or worse, Mr. Santhouse modeled for me my first image of God.

It wasn’t until college and seminary that I began to think about images of God beyond gender and ethnicity. I then realized that as a child, when I pictured God, I saw the face of Mr. Santhouse. As the principal of that Christian school, he was the embodiment of its ideals and the chief architect of its instruction. And as the central part of my chapel worship experience, he called us to worship, led us in singing, and gave language to my faith.

But he was also ready to punish me if I stepped out of line. And little did I know that it was that fear that motivated much of my Christian upbringing.

This Sunday, our worship series on the theories of atonement explores one of the most controversial of them all: Appeasement. It suggests that the work of Jesus on the cross quelled God’s wrath upon humanity, and saved us from a punishment that we deserved because of our sin.

It might be tempting to skip this Sunday, particularly if you feel like this kind of God is not only foreign to your theology, but repulsive to you. But I would suggest that all of us, especially in times of suffering or crisis, revert to the kinds of fears that make us question God’s nature and activity in our lives.

Have you ever wondered:

“Why is God causing this suffering to happen in my life?
“Is God mad at me because of what I’ve done?”
“Is God using this crisis to teach me a lesson?”
“What have I done to deserve this from God?”

No, we may not picture God as a stern, elderly white male, with wooden paddle in hand. And the idea of a God who is ready to strike at our disobedience may seem too far-fetched for us to believe. But I encourage you to come to worship this Sunday, to hear the words that all of us need to hear from time to time:

God is not mad at you.

Grace and Peace,

Magrey CC

The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist

Nicaragua Mission Trip Changes Your Perspective

Nicaragua Mission Trip Changes Your Perspective

A Reflection by Steve Rorrer
Sure, there is plenty to do in your own backyard. Hurricanes, tornadoes, mudslides, flooding….you name it and you could respond to it. So why Nicaragua?

For me, it has been a way to broaden my perspective on the world and the beautiful people that live in it. It has also been a way for me to understand that God is not always concerned about us simply performing a task. He is as interested, if not more so, in us connecting with each other….developing relationships. You will do this not only with those on your mission team but with many of the Nicaraguan people.

Just this past year, we began working with a new community in the Leon area which was particularly heartwarming. Observing the simplicity of those that would seem to be “lacking” or the “have-nots” will likely impact you the like the way Jesus does when he turns the tables and changes the way you see things.

Those that are lacking have an abundance of the things that you may be lacking. Their love for each other is strong. Their faith in Christ is overflowing. They are happy, joyful and thankful with the basics. They have a sincere understanding of where their blessings come from and they remember and are grateful for them.

All of this changes your perspective on many things. Suddenly, your “things” aren’t as important as the relationships you have and the time you have to spend with others.

You see life in a more simplistic way…..actually, in a more faithfully rooted way….realizing that God does provide and you can rest in the grace and peace of that assurance. You will likely gain a better understanding of who you are, what God may be calling you to do or be, and come away with a brighter light in your heart.

You might go to Nicaragua with the attitude that you will change their lives and solve their problems. Sure, you will make a difference, but the most surprising difference will likely be the way the experience changes you. You might even learn a little Spanish 🙂
Dios te bendiga!

Stever Rorrer, member 2015 and 2016 Hyde Park Mission Teams to Nicaragua


The 2017 Nicaragua Mission trip will be Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2017. The first information meeting for prospective team members will be at 6 p.m. April 3, 2017 in Knox Hall Room 150 at the Hyde Park campus, 500 W. Platt St. Learn More.

Civil Conversations Project

Civil Conversations Project

Why can’t we seem to talk to each other anymore?

It seems that in today’s contentious climate, people are unable to have real conversations with other people.  Instead, any attempts at communicating is a downward spiral into a knock-out, drag-out fight.

We will tackle this issue in a weekly conversation group centered around NPR’s On Being’s “Civil Conversations Project” (http://www.civilconversationsproject.org) 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Portico. All are welcome to jump in and join the discussion on Tuesdays.

Each meeting is part of a journey of opening hearts and minds with the intention of listening to and learning from others. Here is the schedule of podcast topics for the remainder of the discussions:

Join us for Dinner this Wednesday

Join us for Dinner this Wednesday

Enjoy food and fellowship at Wednesday Night Dinner, 5:15-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays (Sept. – May) in the Harnish Activities Center. Dinners are not held the week of holidays (ex. Thanksgiving).

Adults are $8, kids (under 12) are $5.

Dinners are served buffet style and consist of a main entree, sides, salad, drinks and a simple dessert. Highchairs and kid-friendly foods are available.

Menu for this week (March 22):

  • Caesar salad
  • Fresh fruit
  • Homemade dinner rolls
  • Roasted chicken
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Dirty rice
  • Vegetable medley
  • Cookies

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