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:
- Foster spiritual and religious growth;
- Create public awareness of critical issues; and
- Inspire further study, action and service that can make a difference in the world.
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.
Lee Institute Speaker Series
Launching a Career of Service: Danny Ludeman and Concordance Academy
Retired CEO of Wells Fargo Advisors, Danny Ludeman was an expert on numbers. So in 2014, when he first saw the statistics related to people newly released from prison — 70 percent return within five years; 60 percent are parents of a minor child — he was shocked and intrigued. At the time, he was looking for a new mission focus that would profoundly impact the community.
He decided to target community re-entry: those first crucial years after offenders are released. How can they find employment and support themselves when they are so often rejected? How can they fight the urge to seek out old friends, return to drug use or fall victim to despair?
In May 2015, he announced that he had raised $9 million to found a pioneering St.Louis-based program, Concordance Academy, to help ex-offenders make productive new lives. It is an exciting, larger-scale successor to a 30-year-old program, Project COPE, which provided transitional housing and support teams from area congregations — Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim — for ex-offender partners.
Join us to hear more about Ludeman’s plans for Concordance and the personal journey of faith that has led him to this unusual, important — and sometimes gritty — career of service.
Monday, October 26 – 7:30 p.m.
Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church
9450 Clayton Road, 63124
314-993-4772 x 3111
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 public lecture series has brought many wonderful speakers to Ladue Chapel. In the past, we have been honored to host the following:
2014 – A Community Conversation: Batya Abramson-Goldstein, Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw, Dr. Ghazala Hayat, Timothy O’Leary, and Rev. Starsky Wilson; Moderated by Robert Duffy – From Klinghoffer to Ferguson and Beyond
2014 – Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi – Contemporary Issues of Muslim Women
2013 – Dr. Jeffrey L. Stout – Ends and Means in the Struggle for a Just Society
2013 – Stephen Prothero – Our Uncommon Creed: Reflections on the World’s Religion and American Politics
2012 – Brian D. McLaren – Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?
2012 – Dr. R. Marie Griffith – Religion, Sex, and Politics: An American History
2011 – Bob Abernethy – The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt, & Repairing the World
2011 – “Living Green” – Chris Cedergreen – Living Green: Building a Sustainable Future
2010 – Greg M. Epstein – Good Without God: What a Billion Non-Religious People Do Believe
2010 – Talia Leman – The Power of ANYone: What I Have Learned on My Journey
2009 – Peter Hessler – Instant Cities: Life in a Chinese Factory Town
2009 – David Robertson & Fred Bronstein – The Role of the Arts in the Quality of Life and Education
2009 – Lynne Twist – Money and the Soul’s Journey: The Miracle of Sufficiency
2008 – Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner – The Faith Club: Three Women Search for Understanding
2008 – Nicholas D. Kristof – Reporting from Darfur: the First Genocide of the 21st Century
2007 – Minnijean Brown Trickey – Return to Little Rock: A 50th Anniversary Memoir
2007 – Ivy Beckwith – The Role of the Family in the Spiritual Formation of Children
2007 – Kathleen Norris – The Desert In Bloom: A Geography of Hope
2007 – Bruce Feiler – Can’t We All Get Along? Building Bridges for the 21st Century
2006 – Dr. Peter H. Raven – Biodiversity and Stewardship: Our Common Responsibility
2005 – David Gergen – Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America
2005 – Huston Smith – Why Religion Matters – Now More Than Ever
2004 – John Stossel – Give Me a Break: The Media and How We Did It Wrong
2004 – Dr. Elaine Pagels – The Discovery of the Gnostic Gospels: New Views of Jesus and His Message
2004 – Episcopal-Presbyterian Charitable Health & Medical Trust – Health & Faith in St. Louis: A Community Story
2003 – Rabbi Susan Talve – Building Community in a Fragile World
2003 – Rev. Dr. John Claypool, Ph.D. – Mending the Heart
2003 – Laura S. Mendenhall – 21st Century Stewardship & Mission
2003 – Raymond Roberts, Ph.D. – Religion and Morality in America’s Public Schools
2003 – Hamilton Jordan – No Such Thing as a Bad Day
2002 – Dr. Jane E. Smith, Ph.D. – Building Success Through Public Service
2002 – Joyce Rupp – Spiritual Transformation of the Liberated Heart
2002 – Rev. Peter J. Gomes – Outer Turmoil – Inner Strength: A Strategy for Troubled Times
2001 – E.J. Dionne, Jr. – Issues of the Faith-Based Initiative
2001 – Rosalynn Carter – Helping Someone with Mental Illness
2000 – Morris Dees – Hope and Tolerance in the New Century
2000 – Rev. Dr. Robert Raines – Wake Up and Live: Essential Steps of Creative Living and Mid-Life and Beyond: Passage into the Elder Season
2000 – William H. Willimon – The Oddness of Being Christian
1999 – Jonathan Kozol – Amazing Graces in the Lives of Children
1999 – Bill Moyers – Genesis and the Millennium
1998 – General Colin L. Powell – Challenges of a Changing World
1998 – Senator John C. Danforth – Exploring Ideas for Change: Including Everybody
1997 – Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker – Public Service for the Common Good
1997 – Dr. Thomas G. Long – The Word We Cannot Say: Sin
1996 – Dr. Walter Brueggemann – Cadences Toward Home: The Contemporary Church in Exile
1996 – Dr. Cornel West – Race Matters
1995 – A.E. Hotchner – Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good
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