David B. King
King Blackwell Zehnder & Wermuth P.A.
Dr. Falecia D. Williams
President West/Downtown Campus, Valencia College
Dr. Kent Fuchs
President, University of Florida
Q COMMONS ORLANDO
Held on October 13, 2016, The Collaborative hosted Q Commons, a two-hour live event where attendees heard fast-paced national and local talks on how to thoughtfully engage our city and cultural moment.
Gerrymandering & Justice
David B. King is the founding shareholder of King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, P.A. King is affiliated with the Orange County Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar, and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was the lead attorney in the 2015 case before the Florida Supreme Court that resulted in the order to redraw Florida's congressional districts.
A Tale of Two Cities…
The Educational Ecosystem in Central Florida
Dr. Falecia D. Williams currently serves as President for the West Campus and emerging Downtown Campus at Valencia College. Additionally, she is an ordained minister and pastor of Hurst Chapel A.M.E. Church in the Historic Parramore Heritage Neighborhood in Downtown Orlando.
In the Wake of Tragedy:
Orlando Health Responds to the Pulse Crisis
Holly Stuart came to Orlando Health in 2005 with many years of experience in marketing and public relations. She began her career at Walt Disney World and later established a successful independent consulting company, training area businesses on customer service improvement and team building strategies. Holly grew-up in Central Florida. She attended Vanderbilt University and received a BA in Journalism from the University of Central Florida.
FAITH + WORK
This video series teaches the basics of how faith and work are connected, how God designed us for work, and how we can move forward with a renewed sense of purpose for both our work, and our city. Featuring messages from the teaching team at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando.
F+W 1: There is a Tree
If we are to transform our view of work, it all begins with a sense of call or purpose. The Latin "vocare" is the root of the word vocation, a word that means work as calling. This is what we often fail to realize in our work. We see work only as a means to an end; not a calling. In this message, Dr. Swanson introduces the idea of the Fall, and focuses on the idea that our labor is never in vain when it is done to God's glory.
F+W 2: Building on a New Foundation
What we often fail to realize is that work has existed from the beginning. Before the fall, there was work. God worked. And He created Adam and Eve, in part, to work in the perfect garden He had made. This is an important idea if we are to get over the negative idea, that work is bad or necessary, but not a calling. Work is part of God's design and we need it in our lives.
F+W 3: Blowing Up the Hierarchy of Work
If God worked, and we are made in His image, then part of our purpose in reflecting that image is to work. The kind of work does not matter. All work allows us to reflect the image of God. Therefore, there is dignity in all forms or work, from digging ditches to Wall Street. We need to "blow up" any sense that we are lesser because our work is not culturally perceived as valuable.
F+W 4: Creating the Feast
God's call to human beings, and them alone, was to "fill the earth and subdue it." The word "subdue" is not one that means to beat into submission, but implies stewardship or trusteeship. We are called to not only fill the earth, but to create a society of the people that have been created, one that honors and reflects the Lord. Thus, everything we do is about creating culture. Our work is about making a contribution to the creation of a culture that reflects God. Could there be anything more rewarding than that?
F+W 5: Called to Duty
Work is not merely an individual thing, but a communal one. Work is how we serve our fellow man by improving our world. How can we, with our existing abilities and opportunities, be of greatest service to the world and other people?
F+W 6: Painful Labor
Now that we have seen the beauty of God's design for work, we must begin to learn how that design has been corrupted by sin. After the Fall, God describes part of work as "painful labor." While there is much that can satisfy us in our world, it is still a fallen enterprise that creates much hardship and struggle for us. No matter how hard we labor, our work will never be what we want it to be or what we hope it can. That is found in God alone.
F+W 7: The Perilous Pride of Work
The Tower of Babel beautifully illustrates the way in which we corrupt our work by making it about us – about making a name for ourselves. When that happens, our work easily becomes an idol, something we must bow down to in order to get what we want, and the entire premise crumbles.
F+W 8: The Future of our Work
As we think about the future of our work, it becomes about the renewal of culture. If our worldview is one in which God will return to redeem and restore THIS world, then this world matters. If this world matters, then our work is to be about it's renewal, and the renewal of the people in it. That is our motivation and out strategy for Kingdom building
F+W 9: Uncommon Grace
God uses the work of all people, Christian and non-Christian alike, to bring about His plan and purpose. God's "uncommon grace" is important for us to understand as we appreciate the work of all people, not judging it simply by whether or not that person believes in God.
F+W 10: Look at the View, Please!
As we conclude our Faith + Work series, Paul leads us yet again to see that all we do is an act of worship, one that we should engage with great zeal, passion and fervor. However, part of worship is also rest, and we find a joyous, sustainable life in the rhythm of those two things.