The Dean's Forum Podcasts

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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Dean’s Forum: A visit from St. Nicholas

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Sunday Dec 7, 2014

Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.

Dean Lind and St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, for a St. Nicholas Celebration. Join Dean Lind as we learn about the real St. Nick.

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Dean’s Forum: The Rev Ed Long, The Role of the Church

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The  Rev. Ed Long with the Very Rev. Tracey Lind

Sunday Nov. 9, 2014
Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.

In a time of challenge, change, and decline for much of the Church as we have known it, the cathedrals of the Church of England are experiencing an unanticipated vitality. How is this reflected in our Episcopal Church cathedrals, including those along the Great Lakes? What part might our cathedrals play in moving toward an uncertain future? The Very Rev. Dr. John P. Downey is dean of the Cathedral of Saint Paul, a position he has held since 1987. Dean Downey is known across the church as an excellent preacher and teacher, a leader among Episcopal cathedral deans, and a champion of the Episcopal Church’s ability to reach out to the contemporary world with a generous-spirited Christianity, [Read more…]

Dean’s Forum: Becoming the Transformative Church

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Kay Collier-McLaughlin with the Very Rev. Tracey Lind

Sunday, Oct. 19

Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.

As a result of significant transition among clergy within the Diocese of Lexington in a short period of time, the Diocese was presented with an unprecedented learning laboratory concerning congregational well-being and the type of leadership required as the Church negotiates the transitional time in which we live. A new way of thinking about the purpose and role of the church is imperative — much of which flies in the face of conventional, institutional wisdom. One of the “heretical” insights garnered concerned the importance of leadership to congregational life and ministry. [Read more…]

Dean’s Forum: Visioning the Urban Cathedral

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The Very Rev. John P. Downey with the Very Rev. Tracey Lind

Sunday Oct 12, 2014
Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.

In a time of challenge, change, and decline for much of the Church as we have known it, the cathedrals of the Church of England are experiencing an unanticipated vitality. How is this reflected in our Episcopal Church cathedrals, including those along the Great Lakes? What part might our cathedrals play in moving toward an uncertain future? The Very Rev. Dr. John P. Downey is dean of the Cathedral of Saint Paul, a position he has held since 1987. Dean Downey is known across the church as an excellent preacher and teacher, a leader among Episcopal cathedral deans, and a champion of the Episcopal Church’s ability to reach out to the contemporary world with a generous-spirited Christianity, [Read more…]

Dean’s Forum: Dean’s Forum: The Church of the Future

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The Reverend Dr. Roger Ferlo

Sunday, Sept. 28
Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.
Guest preaching: 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m.

At the turn of the twenty-first century, we are living in a world that is transitioning into a global community — where community understood to be holistic, including all of the created order.  Consequently, the paradigm of Christendom — a hierarchical institution exclusively directed by a trained elite — is no longer viable in the modern context.  The challenge of the Church today is to become once again “the Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:27) in the world.  The question with which the Church must wrestle is:  How does the Church reclaim this role and empower all her members to acknowledge and live into their “priesthood” (1 Peter 2:4-5)?  During this forum, Roger Ferlo will “think out loud” with our community as to how we may not only provide spiritual grounding for the members of our congregation but also envisage how Cathedrals may contribute to the larger church as spiritual formation “hubs” that provide vocational discernment and formation for both lay and ordained participants.  [Read more…]

Dean’s Forum: UPCaM and the Rev. Barbara Essex

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The Rev. Barbara Essex
Sunday, Sept. 14 
Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.

UPCaM — United Protestant Campus Ministry — is a Christ centered ministry which welcomes students in an open and caring community to connect, to explore their faith and to impact the world.  UPCaM is a progressive campus ministry that is proud of its history as a program of mainline Protestant denominations and their historical emphasis on social justice, peace, and a spiritual openness to all human beings that is clearly exemplified in the ministry of Jesus. It seeks to complement and supplement a student’s academic experience, not distract from it. The mission is to serve the wider church while the students are on campus, be they far away from home or commuters.  Trinity is partnering with UPCaM to support the students at CSU during their academic careers and provide opportunities for vocational discernment.  [Read more…]

The Dean’s Forum: Queer Theology

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The Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng

Queer Theology, Dr. Cheng contends, is “the place where Christian theology and queer theory meet” and the expression of this convergence is radical love. During the forum, Dr. Cheng will introduce the word “queer” and why this term is more appropriate than “gay and lesbian” when exploring theology since it is radical love — the dissolving of all boundaries — that is at the heart of Christianity. One of the central questions that will be explored is “What does queerness have to do with theology?” And the corollary question, “How does queer theory challenge our understanding of sexuality and gender identity?” In other words, perceiving these established boundaries as social constructions rather than as existential concepts. Dr. Cheng will also discuss the current issues (including marriage) — paying particular attention to the complexity of these issues within the social context of Ohio. He will also reflect upon his pastoral care work with LGBTIQ Christians in Asia and the challenges that they face. [Read more…]

Dean’s Forum: Gay Games 9

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Thomas Nobbe
Sunday, June 15

Thomas Nobbe is executive director of Gay Games 9. The Gay Games are the largest diverse amateur sporting event in the world. The Games are expected to draw 11,000 participants and more than 30,000 visitors to the greater Cleveland area. The Gay Games, created in 1982 by former Olympian and gay man Tom Waddell, are held every four years and are a celebration of our diversity and seeks to make inclusiveness real for everyone. The Cleveland and Akron area was chosen because of its welcoming atmosphere and the ability of the Games to have an even bigger impact than ever before.

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