These occasional events are organized by Saint James members and are open to all. Each session is an opportunity to learn, to engage new perspectives, and to meet new people in the community.
Shifting Gears: Climate Change & the Auto Industry

Shifting Gears: Climate Change & the Auto Industry

Thursday, November 7, 6:30–8:30pm. Transportation is the biggest source of carbon emissions in the US. What effect do greenhouse gas emissions have on the planet’s climate? How can individuals change behaviors and advocate for policies that help reduce emissions?

The Human Face of Incarceration

The Human Face of Incarceration

Thursday, September 26, 6:30–8:30pm. How do the US’s high levels of incarceration affect our communities? What alternatives do we have to imprisoning those who break the law? Join us to discuss and unpack our sentencing practices, the ongoing war on drugs, mental illness and incarceration, and what restorative justice can do for communities.

Our Border with Mexico: Separations, Suffering, and Samaritans

Our Border with Mexico: Separations, Suffering, and Samaritans

Thursday, July 18, 6:30–8:30pm. Why do so many people want to enter the US? What happens to children at the border? Join us to consider the basics of human dignity and human rights, the desperate need for humanitarian aid, and our own responsibilities at the border.

Spirituality in Native American Life

Spirituality in Native American Life

Thursday, April 25, 6:30–8:30pm. The diverse cultures of indigenous American peoples are rich with narratives of peace, beauty, triumph, and struggle. Learn more about the spiritual ideas and rituals that were part of some of those narratives.

PFAS in the Water

PFAS in the Water

Thursday, February 21, 6:30–8:30pm. PFAS are synthetic chemicals commonly used for waterproofing and flame retardant materials. They break down slowly and are highly soluble, allowing them to easily transfer between soil and surface water. Groups like the Michigan Environmental Council and the CDC support establishing drinking water standards to protect human health.

Gender Tending: An Introduction to LGBTQ Allyhood

Gender Tending: An Introduction to LGBTQ Allyhood

Thursday, November 8, 6:30–8:30pm. How do we create inclusive spaces for sexual minorities and include them fully in our communities? The societal construction and expectations of gender identity and gender expression are evolving, and every day we have opportunities to contribute to processes of justice and compassion.