Community Nights at Earth & Spirit Center


People coming together
Sharing a meal 
Stimulating presentations 
Enriching conversations 
Encouraging hope for our world 
Meeting new friends


6:00 pm            Dinner

7:00 pm            Presentation and Conversation

8:30 pm            Departure


Community Night 
September 27        
6:00-8:30 p.m.

Waking Up to the Need for Racial Justice

by Rev. Joe Phelps









"Waking Up White" is Joe Phelps’ ongoing story of discovering how his life was and is advantaged as a white American. His family's middle class Midwestern upbringing illustrates the subtle but defining advances afforded to white Americans like Joe and not to black Americans. 


Once awakened to the truth, how can we ever really go back to sleep? 


Waking up to one’s whiteness amends our priorities, our purpose, and what we do with our power. For awakened people are invited to join in the restorative work of Love.


For 22 years, Joe Phelps served as pastor of Highland Baptist Church. Along with Dr. Kevin Cosby, he co-chairs EmpowerWest, a black-white clergy coalition calling for recognition, repentance, and repair of injustices to black Louisvillians. He served on Kentucky Refugee Ministries board; founded No Murders Metro, an interracial group that met weekly at murder sites in Louisville; and began Friday Church, a lively gathering bent toward recovery and restoration. He received the 2019 Joan E. Thompson Lifetime Award for Peacemaking by the Center for Women and Families.  He currently serves as the Justice Coordinator for the Earth & Spirit Center.


  • Cost for Dinner, Presentation and Conversation: you choose, $15, $20 or $25

  • Reservations for dinner are required by Wednesday 12:00 noon September 25, two days before Friday evening event.

  • For reservations please register online. For questions call 502.452.2749


Dates, Speakers, and Topics for Community Dinners 

September 27, 2019 - Rev. Joe Phelps, "Waking Up to the Need for Racial Justice"

October 25, 2019 - Speaker and topic TBA

November 22, 2019 - Speaker and topic TBA


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