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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 The Rt. Rev. Dr. Marc Handley Andrus

    Grace Forum Online with The Rt. Rev. Dr. Marc Handley Andrus

    The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a heartbroken letter to their mutual friend Raphael Gould. He said: “I did not sleep last night. . . . They killed Martin Luther King. They killed us. I am afraid the root of violence is so deep in the heart and mind and manner of this society. They killed him. They killed my hope. I do not know what to say. . . . He made so great an impression in me. This morning I have the impression that I cannot bear the loss.” 
     
    Only a few years earlier, Thich Nhat Hanh wrote an open letter to Martin Luther King Jr. as part of his effort to raise awareness and bring peace in Vietnam. There was an unexpected outcome of Nhat Hanh’s letter to King: The two men met in 1966 and 1967 and became not only allies in the peace movement, but friends. This friendship between two prophetic figures from different religions and cultures, from countries at war with one another, reached a great depth in a short period of time. Dr. King nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He wrote: “Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout. He is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.”
     
    The two men bonded over a vision of the Beloved Community: a vision described recently by Congressman John Lewis as “a nation and world society at peace with itself.” It was a concept each knew of because of their membership within the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an international peace organization, and that Martin Luther King Jr. had been popularizing through his work for some time. Thich Nhat Hanh, Andrus shows, took the lineage of the Beloved Community from King and carried it on after his death. 
     
    Each year the cathedral chooses a theme for inspiration and reflection, and in 2021 our theme is healing. Join Dean Malcolm Clemens Young for a conversation with Bishop Marc about his book Brothers in the Beloved Community, the little-known story of a friendship between two giants of our time, and the healing potential of the Beloved Community.
     
    You can help us bring the arts to life at Grace with a gift today to The Forum. Go to gracecathedral.org/givetograce to give or text Think to 76278.  
     
    About the Guest
    The Rt. Rev. Dr. Marc Handley Andrus is the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California. Prior to his election in 2006, he served as Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. Andrus is from Oak Ridge, Tennessee and has a BS in Plant Science, a Masters in Social Sciences and a Master of Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2019. His leadership has focused on key issues related to peace and justice, including immigration reform, civil rights for LBGTQ+ persons, health care, and climate change. His advocacy work has taken him to the Paris UN Climate Conference in 2015 (COP21), the 2016 conference in Marrakesh (COP22), as well as the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Bishop Andrus is a member of the We Are Still In Leaders’ Circle, a diverse group of ambassadors for American climate action. He also serves on the boards of the Episcopal Impact Fund, the Episcopal School for Deacons, Episcopal Community Services, the Bishop’s Ranch, St. Dorothy’s Rest, and the American Bach Soloists, among other organizations. Andrus is married to Sheila Andrus, Ph.D., former director of the Sparkman Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health, and they have two adult daughters, Chloé and Pilar.
     
    About the host  
    The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology,

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    Grace Forum Online with Atsuro Riley

    Grace Forum Online with Atsuro Riley

    Can words change us? Poetry can help us understand and appreciate the world around us. Poetry’s strength lies in its ability to shed a sideways light on the world, so the truth sneaks up on you. Poetry can teach us how to live—it bares open the vulnerabilities of human beings so we can all relate to each other a little better.  


    Brought up in the South Carolina lowcountry, Atsuro Riley is the author of Heard-Hoard (2021), which McSweeney’s called “The essential collection of our moment—what we’ve needed most without knowing it.” His first collection, Romey’s Order  (2010), was the winner of the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, and the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress. US Poet Laureate Kay Ryan says of Riley “he’s pursuing something a lot more ambitious that has deeply to do with sacred properties of language or language that could cast a spell against harm.” 

    In his own words: “All the best old tale-tellers of my Carolina upbringing could play righteously upon their (many) Englishes, deft as fiddlers bowing the strings. How they could pierce you with a lyric phrasing; how crackerjack they were at conjuring—for maximum reverberation and haunt. To my ear, a poetry unkillable as kudzu. I aspire to their example in everything I write. At the same time, I hear the admonishment of the Japanese master Basho (1644–1694), echoing from my mother’s side of the cultural ledger: — Is there any good in saying everything?—” 

    Each year the cathedral chooses a theme for inspiration and reflection, and in 2021 our theme is healing. Join Dean Malcolm Clemens Young for a conversation with Riley about poetry and the healing power of words. 

    You can help us bring the arts to life at Grace with a gift today to The Forum. Go to gracecathedral.org/givetograce or text Think to 76278. Thank you.   

    About the guest 

    Atsuro Riley is the author of Heard-Hoard (University of Chicago Press, 2021), winner of the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and Romey’s Order  (University of Chicago Press, 2010), winner of the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, and the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress. His work has been honored with the Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and the Wood Prize given by POETRY magazine. His poems have been anthologized in The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall, The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of POETRY Magazine, The Oxford Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Poems of the American South, The McSweeney’s Book of Poets Picking Poets, Poems from Far and Wide, Vinegar and Char, Gracious, and Home: 100 Poems. Brought up in the South Carolina lowcountry, Riley lives in San Francisco. 

    About the host   

    The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.  

    About The Forum  

    The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.  https://gracecathedral.org/forum/

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    Grace Forum Online with Dr. Harry Edwards

    Grace Forum Online with Dr. Harry Edwards

    Sports don’t exist in a vacuum, and sometimes it is whether you win or lose and not how you play the game. Injustice and inequity are reflected and reinforced in sports as they are in all areas of our society. And sport has long served as an arena for the struggle for racial justice. Athletes such as Tommie Smith and John Carlos, to Colin Kaepernick have served as powerful agents for change. But even many of their fans continue to be uncomfortable about their protests on the podium at Olympic medal ceremonies or on the field during the National Anthem. What does the activism of athletes and our reception of it tell us about who we are? 

     

    Dr. Harry Edwards has had an outsize influence over the history, culture and understanding of the role of sports in society. Professor at UC Berkeley for 30 years, he invented a field of study, the sociology of sports, and provided the foundation for all its assertions. He was the lead organizer behind the Olympic Project for Human Rights which led to the most widely recognized protest in sports history – when American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised Black Power salutes atop the Olympic medal stand in Mexico City in 1968. Beginning in the mid-1980s, he began consulting on issues of diversity for the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball. He arranged seminars on finances and social interactions and essentially invented the modern system of player counseling and support. 

     

    Each year the cathedral chooses a theme for inspiration and reflection, and in 2021 our theme is healing. Join Dean Malcolm Clemens Young for a conversation with Dr. Edwards about sports, athletes and how they play a role in healing racial injustice and inequity. 

     

    You can help us bring the arts to life at Grace with a gift today to The Forum. Visit gracecathedral.org/givetograce and choose The Forum as the fund designation or text Think to 76278.   
     

     

    About the guest 

    Dr. Harry Edwards is considered the leading authority on developments at the interface of race, sport, and society and a pioneer in the development of the sociology of sport as an academic discipline in America. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to San Jose State University, and completed a M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology at Cornell University. He was professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley from 1970-2000. He was the lead organizer of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, and advocated a Black athlete boycott of the 1968 Olympics among other protest efforts to dramatize the racial inequities and barriers confronting Blacks in sport and society. Edwards became a consultant on issues of diversity for all three major sports. The programs and methods he developed for dealing with issues and challenges facing professional football player personnel were adopted by the entire NFL in 1992. The NFL also adopted the Minority Coaches Internship and Outreach Program that he developed with Coach Bill Walsh at the San Francisco Forty Niners in 1986. He has written scores of articles and four books: The Struggle That Must Be, Sociology of Sports, Black Students, and The Revolt of the Black Athlete. 

     

    About the host   

    The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.  

      

    About The Forum  

    The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from a

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    Grace Forum Online with the Rev. David Chavez

    Grace Forum Online with the Rev. David Chavez

    La frontera nos divide, pero la tierra nos une.
    (The border divides us, but the land unites us.) 

    We may not be a nation of immigrants (listen to Forum guest and historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz discuss her book of that title on September 29, 2021), but immigration continues to impact us all. Natural disasters, war, corruption and oppression continue to drive migrants’ continued pursuit for an opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and hope for a future. Under the Biden administration, there have been policy changes that have been welcomed by immigrant advocates. At the same time, migrants seeking asylum have overwhelmed the federal system for processing them, including thousands of unaccompanied minors. What is life like on the border today? What can and should be done about this humanitarian crisis?  

    The Rev. Canon David Chavez has spent nearly all his life breathing in the culture, customs and geography of the United States’ southern border, from his childhood in the 1980s growing up between border communities in Arizona and California to his current role as the Diocese of Arizona’s Canon for Border Ministries. 

     Each year the cathedral chooses a theme for inspiration and reflection, and in 2021 our theme is healing. Join Dean Malcolm Clemens Young for a conversation with Rev. Chavez about how to heal the divides our borders cause, and rediscover what unites us. 

     You can help us bring the arts to life at Grace with a gift today to The Forum. Click here to give or text Think to 76278.   

    About the guest 

    The Rev. Canon David Chavez serves as Canon for Border Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona. A native of Arizona,  Padre David was raised in both Arizona and southern California. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv. 2004, ThM. 2005), Fr. David is a member of the Association for Borderland Studies, and serves the wider church as a member of the council of advice for the Hispanic/Latino Ministries and as a member of the Mexico Covenant Committee. A proud father of two amazing boys and an avid reader (mostly philosophy and cozy mysteries), Fr. David also enjoys playing alto saxophone and hiking.  

    About the host   

    The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.  

    About  The  Forum  

    The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.  More about Grace Forum Online

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    Grace Forum Online with Linda Kinstler

    Grace Forum Online with Linda Kinstler

    Artificial intelligence is embedded in our everyday lives: It influences which streets we walk down, which clothes we buy, which articles we read, whom we date and where and how we choose to live. It is ubiquitous, yet it remains obscure. Amid increasing scrutiny of technology’s role in everything from policing to politics, “ethics” has become an industry safe word, but no one seems to agree on what these ethics are. How are the teams working on A.I. determining what kinds of ethics and principles to pursue? What sets humans apart from machines? Is the development of A.I. changing us? Can A.I. teach us anything about what it means to be human? 
    Linda Kinstler, a journalist and Ph.D candidate in the Rhetoric Department at U.C. Berkeley, has been reporting on the relationship between the digital and the divine for over a year and has had dozens of conversations with religious leaders, programmers and believers of all faiths about how our devices are indeterminately altering our interior lives. 
    Join Dean Malcolm Clemens Young for a conversation with Ms. Kinstler about ethics in technology, the question of what makes us human and the future of mankind.
    READ Linda Kinstler’s essay in the New York Times: Can Silicon Valley Find God?  
    READ Isaac Asimov’s favorite of his stories, The Last Question 

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    Grace Forum Online with Bishop Megan Rohrer

    Grace Forum Online with Bishop Megan Rohrer

    The Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer is Bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod (ELCA). The first openly transgender pastor Bishop in a mainline Christian denomination, Megan is an award-winning filmmaker, musician and historian. They were a finalist for the Lambda Literary award, received an honorable mention as an Unsung Hero of Compassion by Wisdom in Action with His Holiness the Dali Lama and have been featured on Queer Eye, Cosmo, People and in Wittenberg, Germany for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
     
    Each year the cathedral chooses a theme for inspiration and reflection, and in 2021 our theme is healing. Join Dean Malcolm Clemens Young for a conversation with Bishop Megan about the healing that comes from being our best self and being louder than other people’s fear.
     
    You can help us bring the arts to life at Grace with a gift today to The Forum. Click here to give or text Think to 76278.  
     
    About the guest
    The Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer (they/he) is Bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Bishop Megan, the first openly transgender pastor ordained in the Lutheran church, was ordained Extraordinarily in 2006, one of 18 pastors ordained during the time when the ELCA did not allow LGBT pastors to serve openly. In 2010, Bishop Megan was one of the first seven pastors received into the ELCA after their policies changed. On May 8, 2021 they were elected as the first openly transgender Bishop in a mainline Christian denomination. Before serving as Bishop, they served as Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in San Francisco, Community Chaplain Coordinator for the San Francisco Police Department and Executive Director of Welcome with the LGBTQ+ Homeless Community in San Francisco. Bishop Megan is an award-winning filmmaker, musician and historian and has been featured on Queer Eye, Cosmo, People and in Wittenberg, Germany for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Bishop Megan lives near Golden Gate Park with their wife Laurel, two children and two cats.
     
    About the host  
    The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner. 
     
    About The Forum 
    The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.  

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MaryBeth from Oberlin'61 ,

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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.
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