Our City, Our Story 2021
A Virtual Discussion with
Kiese Laymon and Elizabeth Gilbert
Tuesday, September 14 at 12:00 PM CT
MIFA is honored to host acclaimed authors Kiese Laymon (How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Heavy) and Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love, Big Magic, The Signature of All Things) for a virtual discussion of their work and a critical and timely conversation about maintaining personal and community connections, healing scars, and coming together in a post-COVID-19 world.
How do we come back together after this latest crisis? Can the wounds be healed and if so, where do we start? What does a better America look like? How do we play our part in healing? Their conversation—the first they’ve had together-- will be lively and hard-hitting, and it will be a great example of how people with perceived differences find common ground in their shared humanity.
The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) was founded in 1968 to find a solution for poverty and racial division in Memphis. In an unprecedented cooperative effort by church leaders and laypersons, the seed was planted for an organization that would confront the issues of poverty, hunger, and social division through service.
As we come together after a period of separation—physical, due to the pandemic, but also political and ideological—we will reflect on the founding of MIFA during another tumultuous and challenging period in our shared history.