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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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We are living in times of immense challenge on every front - socially, politically, ecologically and spiritually. We are destroying the natural systems on which we rely, making many of us feel alienated and lost. We are in one of the most profound transitions in human history - we need a new story to reorient and ground ourselves to meet these chal…
 
As we approach the tenth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, inequity and inequality continue to be on the rise. Join us to hear from Judith Butler, UC Berkeley’s Maxine Elliot Professor Emeritus in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory on her latest book The Force of Nonviolence. As featured in the New Yorker, …
 
Larry Brilliant is a physician and epidemiologist, CEO of Pandefense Advisory, senior advisor at Skoll Foundation and former professor of epidemiology and WHO medical officer. He is also a person of abiding faith. He joined Dean Malcolm Clemens Young in March of 2019 to reflect upon what we could learn from the history of smallpox as we face pandem…
 
What is the role of philanthropy in our community, and has that role changed during the pandemic? Can philanthropy be an agent of social change in the community? Join us to hear from Nicole Taylor, president and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young about the work of SVCF and the future of phila…
 
Ken Burns is one of the most influential documentary filmmakers of all time, and on Presidents’ Day, he will be in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young to explore history and healing. Each year Grace Cathedral chooses a theme for reflection, and in 2021 our theme is healing.  Dean Young and Burns will discuss how presenting history through …
 
Betty Louie is a first-generation Chinese-American retired businesswoman, community leader and philanthropist, and as the Year of the Ox begins she will be in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young to reflect upon the spiritual and secular traditions of the Chinese New Year, Chinatown revitalization in the context of pandemic and beyond and h…
 
Hilary Pennington is the Ford Foundation’s executive vice president for program and responsible for the BUILD program, which aims to strengthen social justice organizations, reducing inequality in all its forms. She will be in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young about philanthropy in the 21st century.…
 
Tom Steyer, businessman, climate activist and NextGen America founder will be in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young to reflect on politics in the 21st century in the first week following the inauguration of the 46th President. Each year Grace Cathedral chooses a theme for reflection, and in 2021 our theme is healing.  Dean Young and Steye…
 
Join us for a panel discussion with Clayborne Carson of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford and Eva Paterson of Equal Justice Society, moderated by Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California, presented in partnership with The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation. Organized around t…
 
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 …
 
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 De…
 
“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 dramati…
 
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 h…
 
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 Att…
 
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, cl…
 
The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in conversation with Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California. As we enter our seventh month of sheltering in place, when community is more precious and urgent than ever, go deeper with the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church into his understanding of the Beloved Community – where the term come fro…
 
Join us for a conversation presented by Grace Cathedral and City Lights, with Michael G. Long, editor of We the Resistance: Documenting a History of Nonviolent Protest and Miguel Bustos, Senior Director of the GLIDE Center for Social Justice, moderated by Patrick Thompson, veteran antitrust litigator.…
 
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,” …
 
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 …
 
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 Roman…
 
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 ol…
 
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 s…
 
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 ca…
 
Who is God? What does it mean to be human? Why do we believe what we believe? These are questions that systematic theology attempts to answer. Join us to hear from Katherine Sonderegger, Virginia Theological Seminary’s William Meade Chair of Systematic Theology and author of Systematic Theology: Vol. 1, The Doctrine of God, in conversation with Dea…
 
Disproportionately impacting people of color, the pandemic has revealed the ongoing, disastrous consequences of racism and inequality in our country. As people of faith, we must ask: is there a relationship between Christian religion and white supremacy in the United States? And how might we start to disentangle them? Join us to hear from Jeannine …
 
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