Recorded live at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith, ethics and culture in relation to the important issues of our day. Host and Dean of Grace Cathedral Malcolm Clemens Young invites artists, inventors, philosophers, pop culturists, elected officials and other inspiring guests to share in a civil, sophisticated discourse that engages hearts and minds to think in new ways about the world.
Grace Forum Online with Mayor London Breed
Each year the cathedral chooses a theme for inspiration and reflection, and in 2020 our theme is bridges. In this landmark year—the 150th and 100th anniversaries of the amendments granting the vote to men of color and to women—in the midst of a divisive presidency, and in an election year, the need for reconciliation in our country – and city – is urgent. Join us to hear from San Francisco Mayor London Breed in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young about San Francisco post-pandemic and post-election. About the guest Mayor London Breed is a native San Franciscan, raised by her grandmother in Plaza East Public Housing in the Western Addition neighborhood. In June 2018, Mayor Breed was elected to be the first African American woman and second woman in San Francisco history to serve as Mayor. She was re-elected for her first full four-year term in November 2019. She led San Francisco’s emergency response to COVID-19 and is currently guiding the City’s phased reopening and economic recovery. Recently, Mayor Breed announced her vision to fundamentally change the nature of policing in San Francisco and issued a set of policies to address structural inequities. Since becoming Mayor, she has focused on helping the City’s homeless population into care and shelter; adding more housing for residents of all income levels; helping those suffering from mental health and substance use disorder on San Francisco’s streets; ensuring that all San Franciscans have access to a thriving economy; making San Francisco a cleaner and safer city; and furthering San Francisco’s leadership in combating climate change. Prior to public service, Mayor Breed served as Executive Director of the African American Art & Culture Complex in the Western Addition for over a decade. She also served as a San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commissioner and in 2010 was appointed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to be a San Francisco Fire Commissioner, where she served until her election to the Board of Supervisors. In 2013, Mayor Breed was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 5 for six years, including three years as President of the Board.
Grace Forum Online with Dean Emeritus Alan Jones
Twenty-five years ago, Alan Jones, then Dean of Grace Cathedral, founded The Forum to create a space for civil conversations on issues that matter. At this most divisive time in our country, when civil discourse is more needed than ever, we couldn’t think of any way we’d rather spend the eve of the election than sharing in a conversation between Dean Emeritus Alan Jones and Dean Malcolm Clemens Young on faith and politics, bridging the divides that separate us, the pandemic and their hopes for 2021.
Grace Forum Online with Dorsey Nunn
“It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church’s responsibility to help get souls to the polls.”— Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, The Episcopal Church
The United States locks up more people per capita than any other nation, at the staggering rate of 698 per 100,000 residents. And the poor and people of color are dramatically overrepresented in our nation’s prisons and jails. Once released from prison, former prisoners are punished again, discriminated against in housing, employment and in voting. Something needs to change.
Proposition 17, on the November ballot, would amend the California constitution to restore the right to vote to convicted felons who are released on parole from state or federal prison. Under current law such persons are not eligible to vote until the terms of their parole are completed. Can even narrow policy changes, like this one, meaningfully reduce our society’s use of incarceration? And what else can we do?
Join us to hear from Dorsey Nunn, Executive Director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, co-founder of All of Us or None, in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young about Prop. 17, amending the 13th Amendment and the movement to win full restoration of human and civil rights for formerly and currently incarcerated people.
Grace Forum Online with Lara Bazelon
In the courtroom, there are always—and only— two irreconcilable sides of the same story. When the wrong story prevails, justice is perverted and an innocent person is condemned. When there is an exoneration, we expect a happy ending. But an exoneration can be an earthquake that leaves behind upheaval and ruin. What is the way forward?
Join us to hear from Lara Bazelon, attorney, professor and director of the Criminal & Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinics at USF, and author of Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young about breaking down stereotypes and preconceptions about crime and justice, and asking the hard questions about what is right and fair and possible in our lifetime.
Grace Forum Online with Chesa Boudin
The Forum is the cathedral’s flagship conversation series, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020. Each year the cathedral chooses a theme for inspiration. In 2020 our theme is bridges. We are challenging ourselves to explore and reflect upon reconciliation in this very divisive time in our country.
Join us to hear from San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who, in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young, will talk about his work building bridges that promote justice and safety in our community.
About the guest:
Chesa Boudin is the recently elected District Attorney of San Francisco. Personally impacted by parental incarceration and the failings of the criminal justice system, DA Boudin was inspired to become a public defender, and now, decarceral prosecutor. He is focused on reforming the criminal justice system and making our communities safer by developing data-driven policies to expand alternatives to incarceration and treat the root causes of crime. In his first few months in office, DA Boudin ended the office’s practice of asking for cash bail, eliminated status enhancements, implemented California’s first diversion program for primary caregivers, and ended the prosecution of charges resulting from racist pre-textual traffic stops. He has also implemented numerous police reforms, started an innovative Economic Crimes Against Workers Unit to protect workers from exploitation, and has succeeded in reducing the jail population in San Francisco even as crime rates declined. He remains committed to additional reforms that promote justice and protect public safety. Check out DA Boudin’s podcast, Chasing Justice: https://www.chasingjusticepodcast.com/
Grace Forum Online with Joan Williams
Are you stunned by the rise of populist, nationalist movements, wondering why so many would seemingly vote against their own economic interests, or simply feeling like a stranger in your own country? As we approach election day in November, how can we connect with a crucial set of workers –and voters? How can we bridge the differences in gender, class, race and work?
Join us to hear from Joan Williams, described as having “something approaching rock star status” in her field by The New York Times, in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young about her central role in reshaping the conversation about work, gender and class — and why we won’t fix US politics until we talk about class.
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Thanks for this opportunity to hear the Forums on my
Convenient for my iPod! I asked for Grace to make its public events more available to the distant parts of the diocese, and Voila! I found this on iTunes. So easy this way! My gratitude to you all.
Your friend from 2002-2004,
Mary Beth Alban, friend of Alan Jones.
( also friend of Mary ? in office there, also from Oberlin!!Hi-O-Hi there!!)