Lenten Speaker Series

Thursdays in Lent: March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11

Lent is a spiritual journey in the wilderness towards Easter. This year we are pleased to offer a Lenten Speaker Series where we have asked a variety of people to join us as companions in this wilderness, and to strengthen our communities. Please join us as we set aside time to ask the hard questions of our day, in good company. Please note: this is a Speaker Series. There are no Lenten Dinners.

General admission tickets are available online for $10 or may be purchased at the door with cash or check.

March 14: Interfaith Dialogue
Dr. Joel Lohr is an award-winning author, scholar, and passionate leader in interreligious relations and higher education. Prior to becoming President of Hartford Seminary in July 2018, Dr. Lohr was Dean of Religious Life at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., where he held academic appointments in the School of Education and the Department of Religious Studies.

Dr. Reza Mansoor is the Founding president of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. Dr. Mansoor is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology and practices as a cardiologist at Hartford Hospital. He is actively involved in the inter-faith community and provides ongoing didactic presentations on Islam.

Rabbi Michael Pincus joined Congregation Beth Israel in 2004 as assistant rabbi and assumed the responsibilities of senior rabbi in 2011. Inspired by a love of Jewish stories and music and the power of Judaism to guide his life, he is committed to helping create a warm and welcoming community for all with opportunities for spiritual growth and engagement with the world.

March 21
Chion Wolf is the technical producer, announcer, photographer, and personality with WNPR and the Colin McEnroe Show. She produces and hosts “The Mouth-Off,” a live storytelling event at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, a monthly live advice show at Sea Tea Improv’s underground comedy theater, “Asking for a Friend,” and a weekly Facebook live show. She is an actor and on the Board of Directors for Night Fall, an annual Hartford-based public performance with Anne Cubberly’s giant puppets, dancers, and music.

March 28
Dr. Susan Eaton
 is Professor of Practice in Social Policy and Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy. At the Sillerman Center, Susan and her colleagues engage funders and their advisors, socially concerned scholars and non-profit practitioners to increase and enhance grant-making to social justice causes. Susan is an author, most recently of the book, Integration Nation: Immigrants, Refugees and America at Its Best, about myriad efforts that welcome and incorporate immigrants into their new communities across the United States. She also is the author of the critically acclaimed, The Children In Room E4: American Education on Trial, which chronicles a landmark civil rights case and life in a classroom and neighborhood in Hartford.

April 4
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. Dr. Moss is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice, which he believes are inseparable companions that form the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is on the boards of Auburn Seminary and Faith-In-Place/Action Fund, and chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference.

April 11
Rev. Dr. James Forbes is the Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church in Manhattan, NY, where he served since 1989. The Riverside Church is an interdenominational, interracial, and international church built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1927. Forbes was the first African-American to serve as senior minister of one of the largest multicultural congregations in the nation. In national and international religious circles, Dr. Forbes is known as the preacher’s preacher because of his extensive preaching career and his charismatic style.


Rev. Erica Avena

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