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.
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.
Brooks possesses a special gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight, and passion.
The Second Mountain explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. 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 last year, 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.
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 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.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m, seating is first come, first served. This event is free and open to the public.
Parking is available in our lots located on Summit Avenue and Grotto and behind the church on Portland Avenue and Avon. Street parking is available around the church.
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.
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.”
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.
Jill Biden, wife of 47th Vice President Joe Biden, is a mother and grandmother, a lifelong educator, a proud military mom, and an active member of her community. As Second Lady, Dr. Biden worked to bring attention to the sacrifices made by military families, to highlight the importance of community colleges to America’s future, and to raise awareness around areas of particular importance to women, including breast cancer prevention, all while continuing to teach as a full-time English professor at a community college in northern Virginia.
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.