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 Insitute 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.
Alliances among people currently involved in the struggle for a just society are deficient in many respects. For those alliances are often directed toward ill-defined ends, such as “economic equality.” They are excessively reliant on means that strengthen the domination of elites. They rarely cultivate the skills and virtues of justice-seeking to the extent required for success. And they are typically too loosely organized to make a fundamental difference in society’s basic relationships. This lecture will explain how these deficiencies can be overcome and why religious congregations have a pivotal role to play in the process.
Reception and Book Signing to follow the presentation
Left Bank Books will make books availble for purchase at the event
Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church
The program is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed – Seating is open.
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Lee Institute’s April speaker, Stephen Prothero, was interviewed by St. Louis Public Radio’s Don Marsh on April 15 and the program can be accessed at: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stephen-prothero-examines-common-creed
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! Complete information on “The BIG Return St. Louis” can be found at www.thebigreturn.org.
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.
The public lecture series has brought many wonderful speakers to Ladue Chapel. In the past, we have been honored to host the following:
Bob Abernethy, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (2011)
Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady & wife of President Jimmy Carter (2001)
Senator John C. Danforth, former United States Senator for Missouri (1998)
Morris Dees, civil rights lawyer, Southern Poverty Law Center (2000)
E.J. Dionne, Jr., columnist at The Washington Post & Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institute (2001)
Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University (2010)
The Faith Club: Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner. (2008)
Bruce Feiler, author of Walking the Bible (2007)
David Gergen, professor of public service at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and director of its Center for Public Leadership, and former White House advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton (2005)
Rev. Peter J. Gomes, lecturer, Harvard University preacher & author (2002)
R. Marie Griffith, PhD, Director of the John C. Danforth Center for Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis and the John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities (2012)
Peter Hessler, author and correspondent (2009)
A. E. Hotchner, screenwriter and playwright (1995)
Hamilton Jordan, former White House Chief of Staff to President Jimmy Carter, cancer survivor and, along with his wife Dorothy, co-founder of Camp Sunshine, a year round program for children with cancer (2003)
Senator Nancy Kassebaum, former United States Senator and wife of Howard Baker (1997)
Jonathan Kozol, author of Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation (1999)
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist and author (2008)
Talia Leman, teen philanthropist, CEO & founder of www.RandomKid.org, UNICEF’s 2005-06 National Youth Ambassador, and recipient of “Founder’s Youth Award” for World of Children (2010)
Dr. Thomas G. Long, professor, Princeton University (1997)
Brian D. McLaren, author of Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddah and Mohammed Cross The Road? (2012)
Bill Moyers, former press secretary to President Johnson (1999)
Kathleen Norris, award-winning poet, writer and author (2007)
Dr. Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and author of Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (2004)
General Colin L. Powell (1998)
Stephen Prothero, author and Professor of Religion at Boston University (2013)
Dr. Peter Raven, Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden (2006)
Huston Smith, noted author and theologian (2005)
Dr. Jane E. Smith, Ph.D., consultant, educator and past President & CEO for the National Council of Negro Women (2002)
John Stossel, ABC News’ Reporter and author (2004)
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra President, Fred Bronstein, and Music Director, David Robertson (2009)
Rabbi Susan Talve, leader of Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis (2003)
Living Green: Building A Sustainable Future – A panel discussion with Chris Cedergreen, Maren Engelmohr, Tomislav Zigo, and Catalina Freixas (2011)
Lynne Twist, global activist, fundraiser, consultant and author (2009)
Ms. Minnijean Brown Trickey one of nine African American teens known as the Little Rock Nine, on the 50th anniversary of the integration of Little Rock High School (2007)
Dr. Cornel West, author and professor, Harvard University (1996)
Rev. Dr. William Willimon, Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University (2000)
Practical Seminar Presenters
Rev. Dr. Ivy Beckwith, Children’s Ministry workshop leader (2007)
Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggeman, professor Columbia Seminary (1996)
Rev. Dr. John Claypool, author, Theologian in Residence at Trinity Episcopal in New Orleans and professor of homiletics at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta (2003)
Episcopal-Presbyterian Charitable and Medical Trust (2004)
Dr. Laura Mendenhall, president of Columbia Theological Seminary, Presbyterian Church USA (2003)
Dr. Robert Raines, author of A Time to Live (2000)
Rev. Dr. Raymond Roberts, noted author and staff member at Union Theological Seminary, as well as pastor at Grace Church Jenkintown, PA (2003)
Sr. Joyce Rupp, writer, retreat guide, conference speaker and spiritual director (2002)
For more information about our facilities, please contact Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church by phone (314-993-4771) or use our convenient online form.