In 1995, Ladue Chapel established the Lee Institute in response to a gift from E. Desmond Lee. The Institute, supported by an endowment from the Lee Foundation and by Ladue Chapel, seeks to provide stimulus and education for persons in the Ladue Chapel congregation and the Greater St. Louis community in order to:
The Lee Institute Speaker Series is free & open to the public. We are a handicap accessible facility.
All events are held at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church. For more information on a particular event, or to be placed on the Lee Institute mailing list, please leave a message for the Executive Director of the Lee Institute at 314-993-4771, ext. 3111 or you may use our convenient online form.
Batya Abramson-Goldstein, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC),
Reverend Traci D. Blackmon, Pastor at Christ the King, U.C.C. in Florissant,
Timothy O’Leary, General Director of Opera Theatre of St. Louis,
Reverend Dr. David Greenhaw, President of Eden Theological Seminary, and
Dr. Ghazala Hayat, Professor and Director, Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular Services at St. Louis University School of Medicine; Past President of the Islamic Foundation of St. Louis
John Adams’ opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, is based on the hijacking of the passenger liner Achille Lauro by the Palestine Liberation Front in 1985, and the hijackers’ murder of wheelchair-bound Jewish-American passenger Leon Klinghoffer. Before the 2011 St. Louis performances, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the JCRC’s Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations, and others developed programs to engage the community in respectful dialogue centered on the controversial opera.
That successful partnership led to the creation of the September 11th Interfaith Commemoration in Music and the development of Arts & Faith St. Louis, which sponsors the annual concert and its Community Programming Initiative, which develops programming throughout the year.
The City of Ferguson and the community of St. Louis search for peace from the brokenness and violence instigated by the shooting death of Michael Brown in August of 2014. Now the hard work of developing mutual respect and creating systematic change begins.
Arts & Faith St. Louis believes that the arts have a unique power to inspire thoughtful discussion among diverse audiences, to bring people together, and to bridge divides through shared experiences. This process of collaboration builds on the St. Louis community tradition of strong interfaith and inter-group collaboration, mutual respect among diverse groups and civility in public discourse.
The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 15-minute question and answer discussion and a reception.
The event is free and open to all.
The Lee Institute is mentioned in Talia Leman’s book, A Random Book About The Power of ANYone for it’s involvement in“The BIG Return St. Louis” which offered St. Louis area youth an opportunity to make a difference in the community and the world!
The Big Return 2012 pilot program began in St. Louis with 247 youth. Area corporations invested in their ideas for a better St. Louis, and their City Government supported their initiatives. In a mere four months time …..
25,000 students were rallied and engaged, 813 teachers were enlisted, 17,900 people attended their events, 39,831 people were engaged beyond their school communities, 1 principal was duck-taped to the wall., 2 teachers were pied in the face, 6,993 items were collected valued at $37,327, $33,041.67 in donations were collected
The community’s investment in St. Louis youth yielded a return of 1011% impacting over 100,000 people in the St Louis community. And THAT was just the beginning. RandomKid and Youth Venture are now taking The Big Return to all 50 states in 5 years. LOOK OUT WORLD.
More information on Talia and her work can be found at www.randomkid.org.
The public lecture series has brought many wonderful speakers to Ladue Chapel. In the past, we have been honored to host the following:
For more information about our facilities, please contact Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church by phone (314-993-4771) or use our convenient online form.