Faith Formation Talk & Lunch August 19 

August 14, 2018

Join guest speaker Mertiss (Jay) Thompson at 11:45 am, Sunday, August 19, in a faith formation talk & lunch, followed by Q & A on “Uncovering Unconscious Bias.” Mertiss, an accomplished speaker, golfer and writer will talk about how the story of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman in her family's grocery store, changed Thompon's life. The government recently reopened the Emmett Till case.

“I saw inclusion at an early age; inclusion allows me to see people as people only. Emmett Till's murder motivated me to say a resounding "NO" to the Navy at age sixteen when I was promised journalism school after my enlistment. They reneged on the promise after I arrived at my duty station.” Within months, Mertiss was writing for a civilian newspaper. “I was not going to be a cook or make beds for white officers,” he adds.

Mertiss grew up in Arkansas and Memphis; his soft southern drawl can still be heard. He arrived in Seattle in 1986, by way of LaJolla, California. A certified Master Golf Instructor, Mertiss started playing at age eight, played through high school and the Navy and toured through California and Mexico.

Mertiss, a Clinical Hypnotherapist, facilitates Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) meditation at VA hospitals for veterans who suffer with PTSD.

Combining his two life passions, Mertiss wrote three books about the mental side of golf. He currently contributes articles to the African American Golfers Digest, and he is an award-winning painter.

“I hope Plymouth congregation and others benefit from our time together by uncovering unconscious bias that may have been programmed in childhood. I explain how to dismantle negative programming, if they so choose.”



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