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.
Monday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
From Klinghoffer to Ferguson and Beyond –
A Community Conversation
Batya Abramson-Goldstein is the Executive Director of the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). One of her many roles is that of chair of Interfaith Breakfast Dialogue group, the oldest existing such group in the country. She is a former chair of the Cabinet of Interfaith Partnership. Batya believes deeply in the power of dialogue and relationship building.
Rev. Traci D. Blackmon serves as the first woman pastor at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant. Rev. Blackmon is a licensed registered nurse employed as the Coordinator for the faith-based initiative for BJC HealthCare. Ordained in the African Methodist church and the U.C.C., she has created and capacity-building workshops on complicated issues such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, interfaith dialogue, congregational grief and domestic violence.
Dr. Ghazala Hayat, M.D. is Professor and Director of Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular Services at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Hayat is a Past President of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis and also served as president of the Board of Interfaith Partnership.
Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw serves as President of Eden Theological Seminary and Professor of Preaching and Worship. Dr. Greenhaw is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ with joint partner standing with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Dr. Greenhaw practices thoughtful interactions and has a passion for social justice.
Timothy O’Leary is the General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis responsible for overseeing all institutional and artistic matters. His thoughtful and sensitive approach to creating community through respectful dialogue demonstrates the importance of art in addressing social and political issues.
All of the above participated in a broad-based Advisory Board, created by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the JCRC’s Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations, to develop community programming around the 2011 production of the opera “The Death of Klinghoffer”.
The Conversation will be moderated by Robert Duffy, a long time journalist (Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Beacon) who is currently Campaign Director of St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon. Bob is a member of the faculties of University College and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
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 creating systematic change begins.
Before the 2011 St. Louis performances of John Adams’ opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, 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.
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.
Lee Institute welcomes this Conversation as part of the Lee Institute Speaker Series on
Monday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, 9450 Clayton Road, 63124, 314-993-4771 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 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:
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
For more information about our facilities, please contact Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church by phone (314-993-4771) or use our convenient online form.