Sunday Series

House of Hope’s Sunday Series invites well-known speakers to discuss key issues of our day and artists to share their artistic engagement with life and faith.

Commentator and Columnist David Brooks | September 26, 2021 | Sanctuary and Livestream | 2 p.m.

We are pleased to announce our Sunday Series with David Brooks has sold out for in-person attendance. Livestreaming will be available on our homepage at

David Brooks has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight, and quiet passion. He is a keen observer of the American way of life and a savvy analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs.

David Brooks holds several prestigious positions as a commentator: bi-weekly Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered. Brook’s New York Times bestseller, The Road to Character, “explains why selflessness leads to greater success. He tells the story of ten great lives that illustrate how character is developed, and how we can all strive to build rich inner lives, marked by humility and moral depth. In a society that emphasizes success and external achievement, The Road to Character is a book about inner worth.”

He was part of a university-wide conversation at Yale on the subject of joy:  What makes for a joyful life? Brooks believes that God is a crucial part of discovering joy. Joy is found in community, in commitments, in service. In a speech at St. Olaf College, Brooks said, “Once we were in a culture where we were all in this together.”  We can’t recapture past history, but we can have something far more profound than the tribalism that afflicts us now. In that sense, this book is a starting place for a new American redemption story of cohesion and national purpose.

Previous Sunday Series Speakers Include:

Pulitzer Prize Winner Leonard Pitts, Jr. | January 2020

Pulitzer Prize winner and writer Leonard Pitts, Jr. is the author of the bestseller, Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood, a poignant account of the meaning of black fatherhood in the contemporary United States. His Miami Herald column on current affairs and human rights is syndicated in more than 250 newspapers. He has also won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, among others.


Joel Sartore | March 2019

As part of our environmental awareness focus this spring, House of Hope is proud to welcome National Geographic’s Joel Sartore as our Sunday Series speaker.

Photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic fellow, National Geographic magazine contributor, Joel launched the Photo Ark project 11 years ago in his hometown of Lincoln, NE. Since then, his passion for preservation and conservation has taken him—and his camera—to 40 countries in a quest to create the Photo Ark archive of global biodiversity.

Don Lemon | January 2019

Don Lemon is a veteran TV journalist and trusted source of information from CNN, NBC, and MSNBC. Relatable and charismatic, Lemon’s award-winning work defies genre, candidly exposing injustice and the resiliency of the human spirit. A true product of the modern news age, Lemon discusses how he has embraced social media’s power to reach viewers. An inspiration to diverse audiences, he shares his hard-fought rise to primetime as one of the most prominent African-American and gay men in TV news today.

Michael Eric Dyson | May 2018

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson-an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner-is one of the nation’s most influential and renowned public intellectuals. He has been named one of the 150 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine. 

Most recently, he’s published Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. Named a bestseller by publications such as New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and more, the book has been hailed as a profound and provocative analysis of modern-day race relations. Later this year, he will be releasing the book What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America, which explores the history of the intersections between race and democracy.

Summit Hill Brass Quintet | February 2018

Led by David Baldwin, The Summit Hill Brass Quintet concert included early music in addition to con-temporary classics for brass quintet. Organist Aaron David Miller joined them in Virgil Fox’s well known arrangement of Bach’s “Now Thank We All Our God.”

Harry Belafonte | January 2018

Legendary music artist and actor Harry Belafonte possesses unparalleled experience in the arena of world-wide social justice struggles. Through his friendship with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, his role as celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues with the ACLU, Belafonte provides a vital perspective on some of the most pressing issues of our time-from the Black Lives Matter movement to U.S. foreign policy and humanitarianism in Africa.

Dr. Jill Biden | October 2017

First Lady Jill Biden, is a community college educator, best-selling author, military mother & grandmother, and wife of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. As First Lady, Dr. Biden continues her work for education, military families, and fighting cancer. She is a professor of writing at Northern Virginia Community College.

Michael Beschloss | May 2017

Award-winning presidential historian, NBC News and PBS NewsHour contributor, The New York Times columnist, and best-selling author, Michael Beschloss provided gripping tales and brilliant inside analysis, revealing the leadership secrets of great presidents and other towering figures in history. He shared original and unforgettable stories to illuminate the behind-the-scenes lives of American presidents and other titans, as well as describing the leadership skills essential to success.