April 10 My neighbor is living proof that people need second chances.
Speaker Joseph Raymond Lucero
Joseph Raymond Lucero is an Outreach Speaker with Homeboy Industries. A third-generation gang member whose parents, brothers, and uncles also struggled with heroin addiction, his troubles with the law began at the age of nine. He was in youth detention and later California state prison for twelve of his first 26 years. When his son was born while he was in state prison, Joseph made the decision to stop gang-banging. When he was released on parole, Father Greg Boyle offered him a job at Homeboy Industries. In 2006, Joseph made his acting debut in the 2006 film Gridiron Gang. He was featured in the 2007 documentary Fr. G and the Homeboys. He has appeared in episodes of the television series ER, The Shield, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, and Shameless. He is presently cast as “Creeper” in the Sons of Anarchy spin-off series Mayans MC, which will airs on FX.
Dinner provided by: iParentX Ministry
April 3 My neighbor is sex trafficked. – Listen Here
Speaker Jessica Brazeal
Jessica Brazeal is the Chief Programs Officer at New Friends New Life in Dallas, which restores and empowers formerly-trafficked teen girls and sexually-exploited women and their children. By providing access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health and spiritual support, New Friends New Life helps women and their children overcome backgrounds of abuse, addiction, poverty and limited opportunities.
Dinner provided by: St. Elizabeth’s Guild
March 27 My neighbor is another race. – Listen Here
Speaker The Rev. Dr. Michael Waters
The Rev. Dr. Waters is founding pastor of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dallas. He serves as pastor, professor, author, activist, and social commentator. Waters has dedicated his ministry to speaking words of hope and around issues of race and racism.
Dinner provided by: Episcopal Men’s Fellowship
March 20 My neighbor is from another country seeking asylum. – Listen Here
Speaker Bill Holston
Bill Holston is the Executive Director of Human Rights Initiative of North Texas. Since 1987, Bill has provided pro bono legal representation for political and religious asylum seekers. Bill has dedicated his life to serving neighbors from other countries. In recognition of his life of service to these neighbors, he recently was named the 2019 Recipient of the Dallas Bar Association’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award.
Dinner provided by: Stephen Ministry
March 13 My neighbor is conservative/progressive. – Listen Here
Speaker Pastor George Mason
George Mason has been senior pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas since August 1989. He is a nationally recognized leader among Baptists and is continually involved in local and global ecumenical and interfaith endeavors. He is a frequent op-ed contributor to the Dallas Morning News on subjects of public interest that intersect religion, such as public education, race relations and predatory lending.
Dinner provided by: Daughters of the King