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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024
  • 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Walker Pavilion at Coolidge Park


  • $15

Lunch + Learn: Who is My Neighbor in Parks and Recreation?

In Mark 12:29-30, Jesus tells us that the two greatest commandments are to “love God and love our neighbor.” Oftentimes when Christians apply this passage it only encompasses their personal life. In this Lunch + Learn series we’ll be looking at what it means to love our neighbor in our vocational lives. Our hope is that God will use stories of faithful women and men across our city to inspire imagination for what living out your Christian identity in the workplace could look like. In this series we’ll explore topics like:

  • Who is my neighbor in the workplace?
  • What does love look like in a corporate setting?
  • What are practices I can build into my work to live out these truths?

In this next Lunch + Learn, we are honored to have with us JK Willis, Founder of Kind Hearts Community, an organization focused on spreading kindness through play, education and community, and Scott Martin, Administrator for Chattanooga’s Department of Parks & Outdoors.

We invite you to bring a friend and join us at Coolidge Park for an interactive discussion as we think about what it looks like to love our neighbors in our parks and public spaces. We’ll see you on April 17th at 11:30am! Lunch is included with purchase of a ticket.

About the speakers:

JK Willis

JK ‘GM’ Willis is the visionary founder behind Kind Hearts Community Inc., a non-profit organization on a mission to spread kindness through play, education, and community engagement. With a profound belief in the power of inclusive play spaces, JK envisions parks as essential resources and natural classrooms. Ensuring they are accessible, so all abilities can come together in the universal language of play – the essence of true kindness!

Follow JK on Instagram: @kindheartscommunity and @jkthegm

Scott Martin

Scott Martin is the Administrator for Chattanooga’s Department of Parks & Outdoors. Before this, he was the founding Director of River Heritage Conservancy, Inc, the conservancy creating ORIGIN Park on the North Shore of the Falls of the Ohio. Scott has been part of teams in Idaho, Virginia, and Kentucky that have created some of our nation’s largest new public park and urban open space conservation systems.

He is presently a member of the Executive Board for World Urban Parks. In this role he has delivered talks on urban park and conservation systems to audiences in Australia, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. His work has been featured in the Australasia Parks and Leisure Journal, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Virginia Review, the National Association for Olmsted Parks, National Geographic, Creative Mornings, and the global “Nature in Cities Network”. Scott holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boise State University (Go Broncos!), and was elected a Fellow in the American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration in 2021. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Chattanooga with their two marginally well-behaved Dalmatians. They enjoy birding, hiking, and whitewater kayaking.

Scott can be followed on social media at:

  • LinkedIn: scott-martin-945930b7/
  • Twitter: @smartin_scott

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