The Dean's Forum Podcasts

Dean’s Forum: Water Walkers — Healing our Waters

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Sharon Day

Sunday, June 21

Sharon Day is an Ojibwe Elder and the Executive Director of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force (www.indigenouspeoplestf.org) in Minnesota. The IPTF is a “Native American provider of HIV education and direct services to the Native community in Minnesota. For over 26 years, IPTF has developed and implemented culturally appropriate programs to prevent [Read more…]

Forums on the Environment: Parker Bosley on Eating Locally

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This is a “Best Of” repodcast Parker Bosley’s Dean’s Forum appearance from 2008

Forums on the Environment: Parker Bosley on Eating Locally

Cleveland chef Parker Bosley explores the riches of our region’s farms and markets and the joys of cooking with local, seasonal ingredients.

 

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Dean’s Forum: Diocesan Camp and Retreat Ministry

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Katie Ong-Landini
Sunday, May 17
Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.
Katie Ong-Landini, the project director for Camp and Retreat Ministry for the Diocese gave an update on the Planting for Tomorrow: Growing in Faith Today campaign, as well as the progress of the new camp and retreat center in Wakeman Township.

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Dean’s Forum: The Global Commons: Origins & Possibilities

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Dr. Leo Burke

Sunday, April 26
Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.

The idea of the commons, or that which is needed and shared by all, has existed in a legal form since the Roman Empire and as a principle of community life in Indigenous cultures for millennia. Leo Burke joins Dean Lind for a conversation about the emerging global commons movement and how reframing the waters of the Great Lakes Basin as a commons may offer the best hope for effectively stewarding them.

Leo Burke directs the Global Commons Initiative at the Mendoza College of Business, the University of Notre Dame. The Global Commons Initiative offers education on the commons both within Mendoza and in conjunction with partners such as the United Nations.

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Dean’s Forum: The Spirituality of Rock and Roll

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The Rev. Geoff Curtiss

Sunday, April 19

Popular music is most commonly understood to be little more than an expression of the sentimentality of a particular generation. Rarely is popular music acknowledged as a means of transcendence — a means whereby humanity can transcend the particular and apprehend a sense of the oneness that is Life. Rock and Roll is the genre of popular music that has had such an effect upon our society for several generations. In fact, Rock and Roll has played a pivotal role not only in the challenging the values of our society but of speaking to the individual’s soul and sparking the desire for personal growth and self-actualization — inspiring individuals to serve the greater good. The Rev. Geoff Curtiss is the retired rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hoboken, N.J. He will discuss how rock and roll feeds our soul and influences how we view and engage our world.

In the words of his dear colleague and friend, Dean Lind, “Geoff is the embodiment of mission and music. Experienced as a disc jockey in the 1960s, and owning one of the most extensive music collections around, Geoff has integrated both popular and sacred music into urban Episcopal worship in profound ways for more than forty years.”

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Dean’s Forum: On Being a Water Body: Shared Destinies & Artful Means

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Kathy Skerritt

Sunday, April 12
Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.

Kathy Skerritt of Bright Waters Rising joins Dean Lind. The human heart is 73% water, babies about 78%. Our blood is about 92% comprised of this increasingly globally degraded element. What does it mean to be a water-body living on a water planet? What is artful inquiry and how might it reshape how we think about water in our community? Join us for an intriguing conversation about how exploration of our deepest sense of relationship with water may reframe how we use and steward this essential element.


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Frida Berrigan: It Runs in the Family

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Author Talk & Book Signing

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Frida Berrigan, daughter of Liz McAlister and Phil Berrigan and author of It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood, visits Trinity Cathedral on March 25. All are welcome to this free event.

Frida’s parents, a Roman Catholic nun and priest, founded Jonah House in 1973. The Christian-based community of peace activists still exists today. It was in this resistance community in Baltimore that Frida and her siblings were raised. She went to protests with her parents and her younger sibs, Jerry and Kate, from the time she was old enough to hold a sign or Kate!

Her father—a member of the Baltimore Four in the 1960s—was known for dramatic acts of civil disobedience such as protesting lives lost in the Vietnam War by pouring blood over draft records in the Baltimore Customs House.

Frida serves on the board of The War Resisters League, a 90-year-old pacifist organization, and helped to found Witness Against Torture, a nonviolent direct action group focused on shutting down Guantánamo and ending torture. She long served as a researcher at the New America Foundation’s Arms and Security Initiative in New York City, writing and speaking on the topic of militarism. She lived at the New York Catholic Worker before moving to New London, CT with her husband Patrick Sheehan-Gaumer. Patrick is a social worker, second-generation peace activist and father to their 7-year-old daughter Rosena Jane. Their son Seamus Philip was born in July 2012 and Frida became a stay-at-home mom. Their daughter Madeline Vida was born in February 2014. While the baby naps or plays, she writes the “Little Insurrections” blog for Waging Nonviolence, tends a few plots at the community garden and helps keep a busy household on its toes.


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The Spiritual Seeker – Seeking to Belong

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The Rev. Dr. Sam Portaro, Jr.

Sunday, March 15

The context of the 21st Century is one where few people seek to identify with any particular denomination or even faith tradition — many seekers today choose to describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” The challenge for the church is to engage the contemporary seeker imaginatively and faithfully. This forum will discuss the trends of spiritual exploration and what that means to the seeker and the community of faith in today’s context.

The Rev. Dr. Sam Portaro, Jr. was ordained in 1975 and served as Vicar at the Church of the Epiphany in Newton, NC, the Episcopal Chaplain to the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and the Associate Rector of Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginian. Same retired in December 2004 after 22 years of service as the Episcopal Chaplain at the University of Chicago. He is the author of seven books and continues his ministry of writing, speaking, retreat direction, and consulting. Sam is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Virginia Theological Seminary. He earned his D.Min from Princeton Theological Seminary.


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Dean’s Forum: Empathy — Making Room for the Holy Spirit . . . at Work

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Jackie Acho
Sunday, Feb. 22
Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.
Jackie is President of The Acho Group, a strategy and leadership consulting firm. She writes and speaks about innovation on her blog, The Currency of Empathy.

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Dean’s Forum: Cooperative Housing

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Annamarie Pluhar

Sunday, Feb. 8
Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.
The time for cooperative housing has come. In a world with finite resources, sharing will have to become more the norm rather than the exception. This is also the case when it comes to housing. Sharing housing resources not only serves a practical purpose of creating affordable housing opportunities but it also serves as a means of building community. Pluhar has the experience to explore this topic and provide a practical guide to exploring the realities of shared housing.
Annamarie Pluhar became an expert on sharing housing through personal experience combined with expertise in group process and dynamics. She is the author of Sharing Housing: A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates. A facilitator and training professional, she has worked with clients in Fortune 100 firms as well as non-profits. Early in her career, she was a consultant with Rath & Strong Inc., on the vanguard of the Total Quality movement. She has trained hundreds of cross-functional teams in problem-solving, interpersonal relationships, and teamwork. Currently, Annamarie designs and delivers training for corporate clients and federal agencies. She is a graduate of Vassar College and holds a Masters in Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School. Annamarie is the owner of Pluhar Consulting.

 

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Dean’s Forum: Sustainable Cleveland: The Year of Water

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Jenita McGowan
Sunday, Feb. 1
Jenita McGowan, chief of sustainability for the City of Cleveland joins Dean Lind at her forum to discuss the Year of Clean Water.

 

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Dean’s Forum: Religious Freedom – A Right to Discriminate?

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Sunday, Jan. 25

Nicole Thomas, Northeast Ohio Organizer, Alana Jochum, regional coordinator, and Suzy Ujvagi Faith Organizer all with Equality Ohio.

What is religious freedom? How is religious freedom expressed in a pluralistic society and culture? Can one’s “right” to religious freedom impinge upon another’s right to basic civil liberty and justice? Over the past year, American society has witnessed attempts to legalize discriminatory practices in the name of religious freedom — from Arizona’s attempt to pass laws upholding businesses’ rights to not serve the LGBT community to the Supreme Court ruling in Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby Stores. These laws and rulings raise important questions not only for our society but also for the faith communities. This forum will discuss the implications of these rulings and what a faithful response to these narrow interpretations of religious freedom may be.

Dean’s Forum: Transformed Nonconformists — What Moral Leaders Do

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The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr.
Sunday, Jan. 18

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the great moral leaders of the last century. His ability to frame the particular issues for civil rights in a manner that fostered awareness on the fundamental morality of national policies enabled American society to not only address the injustices of specific practices but to rethink and invoke systemic change within society. This forum will highlight the virtues and traits of moral leaders, the actions they undertake and rationales that underwrite them, and the outcomes that they enable with respect to change in policy, culture, custom, social practices, ethos and writing a new national narrative.
The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr. is director of the Department of Religion at the historic Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y. He also serves as senior advisor for community and diversity at Emory University and in August will be installed as the James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership within the university’s Candler School of Theology. Franklin is president emeritus of Morehouse College, the nation’s largest private, four-year liberal arts college for men, where he served as the tenth president from 2007 through 2012. [Read more…]

Dean’s Forum: Religious Freedom as a Constitutional Right

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Dr. Brant Lee

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.
One of the hallowed constitutional “rights” in modern American culture is that of religious freedom. And today religious freedom is no longer being defined simply as the state not determining one’s religious choice nor as merely the right of the individual to determine one’s own religious choice (or non-choice) but much more broadly. Today, this hallowed constitutional “right” is being interpreted as an individual’s right to have the personal expression of one’s beliefs legalized. Where is the line when contradicting (personal) beliefs infringe upon personal choices and civil liberties? What is the impact of the Supreme Court decision concerning Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby Stores? How does this decision affect our understanding and interpretation of the constitutional “right” of religious freedom? This forum will discuss the historical, religious and civil understanding of religious freedom and how it is being interpreted in our modern context.

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Dean’s Forum: Trinity Cathedral – Embodying Transition and Transformation

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Dean’s Forum: Trinity Cathedral – Embodying Transition and Transformation

Trinity History Committee
Martha Bifano,Wayne Bifano, Martin Hauserman, Sharon Schwenk,and Michael Wells

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

At the turn of the last century, Cleveland and Trinity were in major transition. The city was emerging as a major industrial city and Trinity parish was becoming the Cathedral of the Diocese of Ohio and of Cleveland. During this time, both the city and Trinity parish were redefining their understanding of their vision and purpose within their changing context. As the writer of Ecclesiastes famously observes, “there is nothing new under the sun.” And, despite our sense to the contrary, this is also true for faith communities. What may we learn from our ancestors who endeavored to become a Cathedral? What challenges did they have in common with us? What lessons may we learn from their journey? What wisdom may we glean from our ancestors that will assist us as we move into the new world of our century?

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