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Jean Kingston and the Sword & Spoon Foundation are convening a series of nonpartisan public conversations across Massachusetts to spotlight areas where the Commonwealth and the nation are in need of healing and restoration.
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​​National leaders will offer fresh insights into these challenges and Sword & Spoon’s partner organizations will share their inspiring and effective work towards healing and restoration.

It is the humble spirit of President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address that inspires this series:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

Confirmed Speakers

Apr 06
Benjamin Watson
Bethel AME Church - 38 Walk Hill Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Event Series:

Getting Real About Race

Event Date & Time:

Apr, 06 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Event Location:

Bethel AME Church, 38 Walk Hill Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130


Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. our nation still wrestles with painful racial issues. As part of Sword & Spoon Group’s speakers series “Uniting America,” Baltimore Raven Benjamin Watson will discuss “
 Getting Real About Race – And Getting Free From the Fears and the Frustrations That Divide Us.”

 

Rev. Liz Walker of Roxbury Presbyterian church will moderate. Photographer, journalist, pastor, and author Dorothy Greco will respond.

Benjamin Watson is a tight end for the Baltimore Ravens. He was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, receiving a Super Bowl ring in his rookie season as well as another in 2007.


In 2010, he signed a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns reuniting him with former Patriots assistant coach, Eric Mangini. In 2013, he agreed to a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints and was named team captain for the 2015-2016 season. In his 12th year in the NFL, Watson had a career season where he had a career-best in receptions (74) and yards (825), and tied his career high in touchdowns (six).


Watson is the author of “Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race – And Getting Free From the Fears and the Frustrations That Divide Us” and “Group Conversation Guide,” to help readers talk honestly about race, bias, and justice. 


There will be a short reception, courtesy of Bethel AME from 6 – 6:30 PM. 


 


Co-hosts:


Roxbury Presbyterian Church 


Bethel AME Church


Grace Chapel


 


Moderator:


Liz Walker


Benjamin Watson’s books will be available for purchase and signing. Cash and checks only, please. 


 

Apr 18
Karen Vaughn
Worcester Technical High School - 1 Skyline Dr., Worcester, MA 01609
Event Series:

Empowering Our Veterans

Event Date & Time:

Apr, 18 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Location:

Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Dr., Worcester, MA 01609, Worcester, MA. 01609

Karen Vaughn is the mother of fallen US Navy SEAL, Aaron Carson Vaughn (SEAL Team VI). Aaron was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011 when a chopper carrying 30 Americans was shot from the sky while rushing into battle. Losing Aaron changed everything and put Karen on a new path.


Over the past six years, Karen has emerged on the national scene as a powerful spokeswoman not only for our defenders still fighting on foreign soil and securing peace across the globe, but also as an advocate for a better, stronger, more resilient America.


https://officialkarenvaughn.com


Join us for appetizers at 6:00 pm in the conference room across the hall. The program will begin at 6:30 pm.


Cohosts:



 


MA Representative Donnie Berthiaume (United States Navy)
MA Representative Joseph McKenna
Lori Joubert, MA Legislative Aid (United State Marines Corp)
Bill Moore, President – Project New Hope (Disabled Air Force Veteran)
John Manzi – United States Air National Guard
Francis Sena – United States Coast Guard Disabled Veteran
Officer Santos “Joe” Perez, Jr. – United States Air Force


Boot Campaign 


Project New Hope


Directions to the The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Auditorium:


Enter through the main entrance directly across from the visitor parking. When you enter the building, turn right and go by the main offices (glass windows), you will see a sign saying “Main Street” hanging from the ceiling. Take a left at the sign. Immediately after the Bank is the Conference Room that will be hosting light appetizers. Across from the bank is the The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Auditorium. 


Karen Vaughn’s books will be available for purchase and signing. Cash and checks only. 





May 10
“Big Sacrifices, Big Dreams: Ending America’s Bigoted Education Laws”
Trinity Christian Academy of Cape Cod - 979 Mary Dunn Road , Barnstable, MA 02630

Please join Jean Kingston and the Sword & Spoon Foundation for a screening and conversation about the constitutional amendments that deprive our neediest children the opportunity to attend private or parochial schools. Here in Massachusetts, the Anti-Aid or “Know-Nothing” amendments prevent more than 100,000 urban families in chronically underperforming districts from receiving scholarship vouchers and education tax credits that would open access to additional educational alternatives. 

6- 8PM

6:00 Reception with hors d’oeuvres


6:30 Screening of the Pioneer Institute’s , Big Sacrifices, Big Dreams: Ending America’s Bigoted Education Laws.


7:15 Discussion with Jim Stergios, Executive Director of Pioneer Institute, Ben Haskell of Trinity Christian Academy and Chris Keavy of St. John Paul II High School.


Co-Hosts:


Ben Haskell: Trinity Christian Academy


Chris Keavy: Saint John Paul II High School

Jun 28
Christina Meredith
AC Hotel Downtown Boston - 225 Albany Street , Boston, Massachusetts 02118
Event Series:

Easing the Foster Care & Adoption Crisis in America

Christina Meredith’s mission is to change the way America handles orphans and sexual abuse. She endured years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse before entering the foster care system. Passed from family to family, Christina finally landed in a home where she remained until she aged out of the system at 18. After spending almost a year homeless and living in her car, she moved to California, took a series of odd jobs, eventually catching the eye of a pageant recruiter who suggested she compete in the Miss California pageant.


Christina won the title of Ms. California in 2013 and has since dedicated herself to speaking out on behalf of abused girls and foster care children all over the country. She is currently in the process of launching the Christina Meredith Foundation that will provide tools and wrap-around support for foster care children trapped in between the welfare and prison system.


6:00-6:30: Reception


6:30-7:30: Christina Meredith


7:30-7:45: Child Advocate for the Commonwealth, Maria Mossaides, will offer an overview of the foster care challenges in Massachusetts.


7:45-8:00: Q and A


Co-Hosts: 


The Children’s League 


The Home for Little Wanderers  


https://www.christinameredith.org


Discounted Valet Parking: $15 

Jul 06
Dave Wurtzel
VFW Solomon Post - 12 Phiney Street, North Billerica, Massachusetts 01862
Event Series:

Supporting Our First Responders

Dave Wurtzel is the founder and executive director of “The First Twenty,” a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of the American firefighter. Our mission is to decrease Line of Duty Deaths due to heart attack in today’s fire service”, says Wurtzel


Wurtzel, a 20-year veteran volunteer firefighter, came across the statistic that heart attack is the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths of firefighters, accounting for more than half, “I couldn’t just say I hope somebody else figures that out,” he says. “I felt compelled – something should be done.”


After learning that there was no nationally available wellness program geared to firefighters, he set out to develop one. With a team of experts, Wurtzel launched “The First Twenty” in 2012. Since then, thousands of firefighters across the country have enrolled in its three-pronged program. The program is also working with universities and hospitals to research the approach for even broader application to advance the wellness of the country’s 1.1 million firefighters.


http://thefirsttwenty.org

Jul 14
Jean Kingston
Book Ends - 559 Main St, Winchester, MA 01890
Event Series:

"Animal Mash-Up"

Event Date & Time:

Jul, 14 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Event Location:

Book Ends, 559 Main St, Winchester, MA 01890, , .

The Sword & Spoon Foundation invites you to a story hour and reception for Animal Mash-Up.

What happens when a high energy group of dogs, goats, and alpacas end up attending the same school?  Jean Kingston’s charming new children’s book elegantly explores how we can all get along despite our deepest differences.

Jean, a mother of four, has lived with her family in Winchester for the past 19 years.

Date: July 14th 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sep 12
Rescheduled: Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard
CIC Boston - 50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02110
Event Series:

Restoring Civility in Public Life

Event Date & Time:

Sep, 12 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Location:

CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02110, Boston, MA. 02110

This event has been rescheduled.  Watch this space for updates very soon!

Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard each served as White House social secretary for different administrations. Bernard worked for President Obama; Berman for President George W. Bush. They’ve collaborated on a new book that uses their White House experiences to draw out lessons in how to handle crises, defuse awkward moments and manage expectations. It’s called Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power Of Civility At Work And In Life.

The authors make a case for the importance of a return to treating people well in American political life, maintaining that democracy cannot be sustained without public civility.

 

Co-Host:

Jarred Guthrie

Sep 15
Karen Vaughn and Clear Path For Veterans
4 Antietam St - 4 Antietam Street, Devens, MA 01434
Event Date & Time:

Sep, 15 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Event Location:

4 Antietam St, 4 Antietam Street, Devens, MA 01434, Devens, MA. 01434

Join Clear Path for Veterans and Uniting America for the second annual WPKZ and Clear Path for Veterans Annual “Ride the Path”. This police escorted ride will take place on some of the most scenic roads in the area. We will return to Devens, MA for a pig roast. If you don’t ride join us at 12:30 for an afternoon of fun, family, and friends.

All proceeds benefit Veterans in the local area through programs and services provided by Clear Path for Veterans New England. Join us to learn more about this great organization.

EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE!

Sep 15
Karen Vaughn Returns for Special Veterans Event
Devens - 4 Antietam Street, Devens, MA
Event Date & Time:

Sep, 15 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Event Location:

Devens, 4 Antietam Street, Devens, MA, Devens, MA.

“Ride the Path” and join us for the second annunal WPKZ, Blue Warriors MC and Clear Path for Veterans motorcycle charity ride. The ride will take place on some of the most scenic roads in the area.  We will return to Devens, MA for a pig roast hosted by the Pig Kahuna.  Even if you don’t ride, join us at 12:30 for an afternoon of fun, family and friends.

All proceeds benefit Veterans in the local area through programs and services provided by Clear Path for Veterans New England.  Join us to learn more about this great organization.

Special surprise desserts & a short talk with Gold Star mom Karen Vaughn, courtesy of our co-hosts, Uniting America.

Karen’s the mother of fallen US Navy SEAL, Aaron Carson Vaughn (SEAL Team VI). Over the past six years, she’s emerged as a powerful spokeswoman  for our defenders still fighting across the globe and an advocate for a better, stronger, more resilient America.

https://officialkarenvaughn.com

https:///unitingamerica.us

 

EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE!

Registration begins at 9am, kickstands up at 11. ride is roughly 1.5 hours long