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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.

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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 Dr. Grace Kao

    Grace Forum Online with Dr. Grace Kao

    Join us for Grace Cathedral’s flagship conversation program online with ethicist, author and award-winning teacher Grace Kao.

    The COVID-19 public health emergency is also causing a human rights crisis, with its economic and social effects disproportionately impacting the poor, the elderly and people of color.  Even if “we are all in this together,” some enjoy more safety, shelter, resources and care.  How does moral thinking about the common good challenge these disparities? Do conceptions of the common good differ across national and cultural contexts?  How can religious communities and theological ethics teach us to address them? 

    Join us to hear from Grace Kao, Professor of Ethics at the Claremont School of Theology and co-director of the Center for Sexuality, Gender and Religion, in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young about individualism and inequality, solidarity and the common good, and discerning a sense of the global common good in a time of crisis.

    • 1 hr
    Grace Forum Online with Dr. Joel Rasmussen

    Grace Forum Online with Dr. Joel Rasmussen

    Join us for Grace Cathedral’s flagship conversation program online with University of Oxford professor and one of the editors of the eleven volumes of Kierkegaard’s Journals and Notebooks.

    In this era of fake news, what can we learn from Kierkegaard’s “truth as subjectivity”? Does 19th century philosophy have something to teach us?  Join us to hear from Joel Rasmussen, Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young about why the writings of Søren Kierkegaard matter today. Rasmussen’s studies focus on the interconnections between religion, philosophy, history and literature in modern culture. Kierkegaard (1813–1855)—Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher— epitomizes these interconnections.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Grace Forum Online with Dr. Herman Waetjen

    Grace Forum Online with Dr. Herman Waetjen

    In the Bible, Jesus and the prophets call out the powerful in society for their injustice towards the poor and vulnerable. What do the ancient words of Scripture, calling for change, mean for our lives today?
    Join us to hear from Herman Waetjen, author of The Reordering of Power: A Sociopolitical Reading of Mark’s Gospel and The Letter to the Romans: Salvation as Justice and the Deconstruction of the Law, in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young about what to do with the Bible in the current political and cultural climate. Waetjen is professor emeritus at San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union, and spent his academic career exploring the Gospels for their revolutionary insight.

    • 1 hr
    Grace Forum Online with Dr. Wendy Doniger

    Grace Forum Online with Dr. Wendy Doniger

    Join us for Grace Cathedral’s flagship conversation program online with one of the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism.

    What is Hinduism, a religion practiced by over one billion people? Join us to hear from Wendy Doniger, one of the world’s foremost scholars of Hinduism, in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young about one of the world’s oldest major religions. Holding doctorates in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard and Oxford, Doniger is Professor Emerita of the University of Chicago and a prolific author, translator and editor, publishing almost thirty books in as many years. Recent works include Against Dharma: Dissent in the Ancient Indian Sciences of Sex and Politics, Redeeming the Kamasutra, and Pluralism and Democracy in India: Debating the Hindu Right. Her groundbreaking work The Hindus: An Alternative History elucidates the relationship between recorded history and imaginary worlds, the inner life and the social history of Hindus.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Grace Forum Online with Dr. Philip Clayton

    Grace Forum Online with Dr. Philip Clayton

    Join us for Grace Cathedral’s flagship conversation program online with the science, philosophy and theology scholar and activist Dr. Philip Clayton who is working toward a genuinely ecologically sustainable civilization.
    Could COVID-19 help us win the fight against climate change? The pandemic has elicited a global response unlike anything we’ve seen before, and carbon emissions have dropped worldwide. This crisis also presents an opportunity, so how can we all―scholars and activists, secular and religious leaders, the private sector as well as the public―begin to live and think right now the way our grandchildren will have to live and think, impacted by the climate crisis? Join us to hear from teacher, speaker, author and activist Philip Clayton in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young as he reflects on what actions we can take to shift the structures of human life on this planet toward a genuinely ecological civilization. As a scholar, Clayton (Ingraham Professor, Claremont School of Theology) works at the intersection of science, philosophy and theology. As an activist (president of EcoCiv.org, and the Institute for Postmodern Development of China), he works to convene, facilitate and catalyze multi-sectoral initiatives toward ecological civilization.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Grace Forum Online with The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III

    Grace Forum Online with The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III

    Join us for Grace Cathedral’s flagship conversation program online with the dean of St. John the Divine, a cathedral in the heart of Manhattan.
    New York City is at the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine — the largest cathedral in the world — is in the heart of Manhattan. What is the role of the cathedral in such overwhelming circumstances? How is St. John the Divine responding to the pandemic? How is their community finding ways to pray, mourn, learn and act in this time of crisis and change? Dean Clifton Daniel, III and Dean Malcolm Clemens Young,  Dean of Grace Cathedral will reflect together on a cathedral’s unique calling. 

    • 59 min

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MaryBeth from Oberlin'61 ,

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!!)

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