“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.

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:

U2Charist 7 p.m. March 24

U2Charist 7 p.m. March 24

The Portico campus of Hyde Park United Methodist will host a unique event that will blend U2’s music and the sacrament of Communion at U2Charist 7 p.m. Friday, March 24 in the Community Hall. During the event, the Lakeland-based band Fount will perform U2 music and the clergy of Hyde Park United Methodist will offer the sacrament of Communion.

“When you read the lyrics, a lot of U2’s songs have a spiritual undertone,” explained Jeremy Hearn, member of Fount. “Some U2 songs were inspired by ‘the troubles’ of Northern Ireland. I have personally been there and have experienced firsthand the religious and political tension that is still alive in Belfast, North Ireland. I believe these songs are timeless and will speak to the current tensions and ‘troubles’ we are facing here in our own country.”

Lakeland-based band, Fount.

Lakeland-based band, Fount.

U2Charist is part of the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s “Fourth Friday” for the month of March. Admission to the event is free. An offering will be taken to benefit Love, Inc., a nonprofit that benefits the vulnerable in our city.

The Portico is a gathering space where people come together for conversation, connection and community change. It is committed to enhancing the social, artistic and spiritual fabric of Tampa. The Portico is located in downtown Tampa at 1001 N. Florida Ave. For more information, visit The Portico’s website.

DocNight “Ride With Larry” March 8

DocNight “Ride With Larry” March 8

Join us at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 at The Portico Campus for a free DocNight screening of “Ride With Larry”.

A discussion will take place after the film. This DocNight is being organized by PD Self, a Parkinson’s Disease support group that meets at The Portico campus. To learn more about this group, contact Gil Thelen.

The film follows Larry Smith. Larry doesn’t just live with Parkinson’s. He rises above it. After a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s, Larry has exhausted every conventional method of treatment, every drug, and even brain surgery. Refusing to give up, he seeks alternatives, discovering the untapped benefits of exercise and medical marijuana.

Now Larry will attempt the unthinkable, a 300-mile bike ride across South Dakota, a journey of hope for anyone facing a life altering illness. In this intimate portrait of courage, love, and community, Larry Smith refuses to give up, proving that if you love life, you’ll fight for it.

“Uncomfortable Conversations”: Conversing Through Conflict

“Uncomfortable Conversations”: Conversing Through Conflict

We’ve all been there: we log on to our computers, turn on the TV or pick up the newspaper to see what is going on in the world. That’s when it hits us like a ton of bricks. The riots. The anger. The conflict.

How did we get to this point? Why can’t we have civil conversations with each other anymore?

Join us as we explore this topic at “Uncomfortable Conversations,” an event led by the Rev. Dr. Gary Mason at 6:30 – 8 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 21 at The Portico campus.

Dr. Mason is a clergyperson, peace negotiator and director of Rethinking Conflict. The event will explore how we can have uncomfortable, yet civil conversations with those that we disagree with.

The Rev. Dr. Gary Mason spent 28 years working through the Northern Ireland Peace Process as a clergyperson and remains a close advisor to Protestant ex-combatants. This event will explore how and why individuals today have trouble having civil conversations about hot topics such as politics or religion. Through lecture and discussion, Dr. Mason will teach how individuals can find peace and reconciliation with one another despite differing opinions.

The conversation will continue in the “Civil Conversations Project”, a discussion group focusing on having civil conversations through conflict, beginning March 8. For more information and/or to be involved in the planning of this project, please contact Michelle Schumacher (813.363.3970).

Questions? Contact the Rev. Justin LaRosa.

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