Religious Freedom as a Constitutional Right

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Dr. Brant LeeSunday, Jan. 11, 2015Dean’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.

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Trinity Cathedral – Embodying Transition and Transformation

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Trinity History CommitteeSunday, Jan. 4, 2015Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. 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.

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Ed Long, The Role of the Church

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Ed LongSunday, Nov. 9Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. Throughout its history, Christianity has been variously understood and practiced. These various expressions of the Christian religion have included focusing exclusively on “correct” belief and the acceptance of traditional doctrines; emphasizing personal well-being; the nurturing of different types of community; establishing a group identity which gives specific attention to the church’s role within society; as well as those approaches that offer very different (counter cultural) ways of thinking about the role and function of the church. This forum will explore the theological foundation for recognizing and celebrating what is valuable in each of…

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

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The Rev. Barbara EssexSunday, 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.

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Transformed Nonconformists: What Moral Leaders Do

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The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. Sunday, Jan. 18 Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. Guest preaching: 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. 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.

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The Labyrinth as Spiritual Path

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The Rev. Dr. Lauren ArtressSunday, Nov. 16Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.Guest preaching: 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. We are living in a “hinge” time; a time when things are changing so quickly that every institution is struggling to keep up, including traditional religious institutions. Many of us continue to attend but feel restless so we augment our spiritual growth through a variety of activities.

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Becoming the Transformative Church

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Dr. Kay Collier-McLaughlinSunday, Oct. 19Dean’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.

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Visioning the Urban Cathedral

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The Very Rev. John P. DowneySunday, Oct. 12Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.Guest preaching: 9 a.m., 11:15 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?

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The Church of the Future

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The Reverend Dr. Roger FerloSunday, Sept. 28Dean’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.

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