Rector’s Forum

The Secular Meaning of Pope Francis

James Carroll in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, February 14, 2016:

“[Pope Francis] doesn’t lead by exhortation, much less command. He leads by invitation. And what he’s inviting is a change in the way we think of our own existence, which of course includes the way we think of God. He has put it into words this way: ‘The first reform,’ he says, ‘is not in the structures of the church or structures of belief or doctrine. The first reform must be in our attitude.’ If we can change our attitude about our experience and our situation, everything follows from that.”

Owning the Call to Be Agents of Change in Overcoming Racism

Tim Wise in the Rector’s Forum, Sunday, January 31, 2016:

“It is a poison — Whether it is privilege, or the myth of meritocracy, whether it is racism itself — and it is making us sick, those of us for whom that system was established. Maybe not as sick as those who are its targets, and I’m not saying that our suffering and pain equates in any way to that of people of color — but it does tell us that we’re all being poisoned from a common fountain. And if we’re going to get healthy we’re going to have to see ourselves as the collateral damage of that system of iniquity.”

God Loves You More Than Your Wildest Imaginings

Gene Robinson in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, January 24, 2016:

“I do believe that as crucial and pivotal as race has always been for America, we are entering a period in which we are either going to get it more right, or something awful is going to happen. I think it has the potential for unraveling America completely. And if we don’t get it right, we deserve that.”

The New Islamophobia in the US

Reza Aslan on Sunday, January 10, 2016:

“The only way to overcome religious violence is religious peacemaking. Data doesn’t overcome bigotry — relationship does. Knowing another person as a person overcomes ‘otherness’.”

Spiritual Revolutionary

Diana Butler Bass in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, December 6, 2015.

Immigration Reform

Thomas Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, on Sunday, November 22, 2015.

Global Migration Crisis

Roger Waldinger, a leading expert on international migration, in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 15, 2015.

Save Democracy: Advocate for Education

Presentation by Brian McDonald, Renatta Cooper, Mikala Rahn and Ed Bacon on Children’s Advocacy Sunday, November 8, 2015.

Allyship and Anger

Tools for Dismantling Systemic Racism

A presentation by Valerie Batts, Patrisse Cullors and Ed Bacon on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

Overcoming Islamophobia

Current Issues Facing Islam and Its Allies

A presentation by Edina Lekovic on Sunday, October 11, 2015.