Earl Lectures 2011: Lectures, Preachers, Panelists, & Speakers

Keynote Lecturers

The keynote Earl Lectures are the heart of each year's Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference. This year, we are proud to present three distinguished speakers:  

Robert ReichRobert B. Reich
Keynote Lecture: The Real Meaning of Economic Justice
Tuesday, January 25, 11:20 am-12:50 pm

Robert Reich is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on work and the global economy. He has served under three presidents, most recently as Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, and has served as an economic advisor to Barack Obama. In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet officials of the century. He is also a distinguished scholar and writer. His book The Work of Nations has been translated into 24 languages, and his most recent book, Supercapitalism, has been acclaimed around the world, winning Europe’s prestigious Bruno Kreisky Prize as the best political book of 2008. The Wall Street Journal has named him as among the ten most influential business thought-leaders in the world.

His weekly commentaries are heard on public radio’s “Marketplace”; he is a familiar presence on television, both in the United States and abroad; and is a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. Robert Reich is currently Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. His website is http://robertreich.org.

An excerpt from chapter 11 of Robert Reich's latest book, Aftershock: the Next Economy and America's Future (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010), is available here. Streaming audio of Mr. Reich's 2011 keynote lecture is available online here, and cds of his talk can be purchased here.

 

Hamza YusufShaykh Hamza Yusuf
Keynote Lecture: "Lenders, Leopards, and Lions: The Violence of Avarice - Muslim Musings from Dante’s Six, Seventh, and Eighth Circles of Hell"
Wednesday, January 26, 9:30-11:00 am

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is "the most influential Islamic scholar in the West" and the 38th most influential Muslim scholar worldwide, according to Georgetown University's study The 500 Most Influential Muslims (2009). An American convert to Islam who studied for several years under prominent Muslim scholars, Yusuf is one of the leading proponents of classical learning in Islam. He has been a strong advocate for social justice, peace, and conviviality among peoples.

Hamza Yusuf is a cofounder of Zaytuna College, located in Berkeley, California. He is an advisor to Stanford University's Program in Islamic Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies at Berkeley's Graduate Theological Union. He also serves as a member of the board of advisors of George Russell's One Nation, a national philanthropic initiative that promotes pluralism and inclusion in America. He hosted and produced a highly popular Middle Eastern TV program and has appeared on the BBC and many other Western networks.

His published books include The Burda (2003), Purification of the Heart (2004), The Content of Character (2004), The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi (2007), Agenda to Change our Condition (2007), Walking on Water (2010) and The Prayer of the Oppressed (2010). 

CDs of Shaykh Yusuf's 2011 keynote lecture can be purchased here. 

Kim BoboKim Bobo
Keynote Lecture: Ready for Service: Economic Justice in 2011
Thursday, January 27, 9:00-10:45 am

Kim Bobo is the Executive Director and founder of Interfaith Worker Justice, the nation's largest network of people of faith engaging in local and national actions to improve wages, benefits and conditions for workers, especially those in the low-wage economy. She was named one of Utne Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" in 2009. Prior to Interfaith Worker Justice, Kim was a trainer for the Midwest Academy, and Director of Organizing for Bread for the World. She writes a column for the online magazine Religion Dispatches.

She is co-author of Organizing for Social Change, the best-selling organizing manual in the country, and the author of Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid - And What We Can Do About It, the first and only book to document the wage theft crisis in the nation and propose practical solutions for addressing it.

Streaming audio of Ms. Bobo's 2011 keynote lecture is available online here, and cds of her talk can be purchased here.  



Preachers

Worship is an integral part of the Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference. Please join us for ecumenical services with these celebrated pastors:

 Alexia SalvatierraRev. Alexia Salvatierra
Opening Worship
Tuesday, January 25, 9:45-11:00 am

Workshop Leader: Faith-Rooted Organizing

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is executive director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice of California (CLUE-CA). CLUE-CA is a statewide alliance of interfaith organizations and religious leaders who respond together to the crises of working poverty by joining low-wage workers in their struggle for a living wage, health insurance, fair working conditions and a voice in the decisions that affect them. CLUE-CA’s mission is to build a faith-based movement for economic justice throughout California. It is one of the coordinating agencies of the national New Sanctuary Movement, in which congregations accompany and support immigrant workers and their families facing deportation.

Salvatierra earned a Bachelor's degree in sociology and religious studies in 1978 from the University of California-Santa Cruz, and in 1986 she earned a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. She has been awarded the Changemaker Award by the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation, and the Prime Mover Award from the Hunt Alternatives Fund. 

Streaming audio of the worship service led by Rev. Salvatierra is available online here, and cds can be purchased here.   

Yvette FlunderBishop Yvette Flunder
Closing Worship: Justice at the Table
Thursday, January 27, 11:20 am-1:00 pm
Panelist: "Faith, Funding, and Foundations"
Wednesday, January 26, 11:15 am-1:00 pm

A native San Franciscan, Bishop Yvette Flunder is a third generation preacher with roots in the Church of God in Christ. Bishop Flunder is also an ordained Minister of the United Church of Christ and is Founder and Senior Pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco. In June 2003 Bishop Flunder was consecrated Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship, a multi-denominational fellowship of 110 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity representing 56 churches and faith-based organizations from all parts of the United States Mexico and Africa.

City of Refuge is a thriving inner-city congregation preaching a message of action, and Bishop Flunder has received many awards for her work in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with the elderly, and with youth. Responding to the needs of the community, Bishop Flunder and her staff provide housing, direct services, education and training for persons affected by HIV/AIDS in the Bay Area through the Ark of Refuge, Inc., a non-profit agency which also serves throughout the USA and in three countries in Africa.

She is the author of Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology and Homiletic of Radical Inclusion. She is a graduate of the Ministry Studies and Master of Arts programs at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California, and received a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California.

Streaming audio of the worship service led by Bishop Flunder is available online here, and cds can be purchased here.   

 



Panelists

This year's Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference will feature two panels on the theme of faith and the economy.

The first panel, Work and Economic Justice Across Faith: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Perspectives, will address the shared origins of beliefs about the nature of work and the economy in the three Abrahamic traditions, the differences between each tradition's point of view, and the current state of thinking on the topic of economic justice in each of the three faiths. Wednesday, January 26, 11:15 am-1:00 pm.Panelists are: Rachel Biale, Dr. Marion Grau, and Ameena Jandali. Dr. Judith Berling is the moderator.
Streaming audio of this panel is available online hereand cds can be purchased here. 

The second panel, Faith, Funding, and Foundations will help members of faith communities and NGOs learn more about the fund-seeking process and provide tips and tricks for how to secure grant funding for their congregational and community projects. Wednesday, January 26, 11:15 am-1:00 pm. Panelists are: Bill Glenn, Bishop Yvette Flunder, and Rev. Roland Stringfellow. Dr. Mary Tolbert is the moderator.
Streaming audio of this panel is available online hereand cds can be purchased here.  

Judith BerlingDr. Judith Berling will moderate this year's "Work and Economic Justice across Faith: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Perspectives" panel (Wednesday, January 26, 11:15 am-1:00 pm). Dr. Berling taught East Asian religions at Indiana University for thirteen years before becoming Dean and Academic Vice President of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She now teaches and writes in the fields of East Asian religions, Asian Christianities, Interreligious Learning, Theological Education, Interdisicplinary Studies, and interdisciplinary learning in religion and theology. She is a past president of the American Academy of Religion and of the American Society for the Study of Religion.
She is an active lay Episcopalian and a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley.

Rachel BialeRachel Biale will be a participant on this year's "Work and Economic Justice across Faith: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Perspectives" panel (Wednesday, January 26, 11:15 am-1:00 pm). She was born and raised in Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin in Israel. She received her BA and MA in Jewish History from UCLA and her MSW from Yeshiva University. She is the author of Women and Jewish Law and two books for parents and children. Rachel has worked in the Bay Area Jewish community for 20 years, first as a clinician for Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay and then as Director of Community Education at the Osher Marin JCC, then as Bay Area Regional Director of the Progressive Jewish Alliance. She is the Director of Bible by the Bay, a project of Lehrhaus Judaica. She has also had a private practice of parenting counseling by phone for 25 years.

Bil GlennBill Glenn will be a panelist on this year's "Faith, Funding, and Foundations" panel (Wednesday, January 26, 11:15 am-1:00 pm). 
A former Jesuit and high school dean, William D. Glenn is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in San Francisco and Santa Rosa CA. Glenn served as principal of an inner city elementary school in Oakland and served as a vice-principal and dean at a large, multi-cultural private girls high school in San Francisco.
He was the executive director of Continuum, a multi-service health care agency in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, and director of development at the San Francisco Foundation.

Marion GrauDr. Marion Grau will be a participant on this year's "Work and Economic Justice across Faith: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Perspectives" panel (Wednesday, January 26, 11:15 am-1:00 pm). She is Associate Professor of Theology at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and author of Of Divine Economy: Refinancing Redemption (2004) and co-editor, with Rosemary Radford Ruether, of Interpreting the Postmodern: Responses to Radical Orthodoxy (2006). A constructivist and contextual theologian, Dr. Grau's research and teaching focuses on integrating the wisdom of tradition with new insights from feminist, postcolonial, and cultural studies to reimage and remember ourselves as part of the world in a way that will transform our relationship with it.

Yvette FlunderBishop Yvette Flunder
Closing Worship
Thursday, January 27, 11:15am-1:00pm
Panelist: "Faith, Funding, and Foundations"
Wednesday, January 26, 11:20 am-1:00 pm

A native San Franciscan, Bishop Yvette Flunder is a third generation preacher with roots in the Church of God in Christ. Bishop Flunder is also an ordained Minister of the United Church of Christ and is Founder and Senior Pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco. In June 2003 Bishop Flunder was consecrated Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship, a multi-denominational fellowship of 110 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity representing 56 churches and faith-based organizations from all parts of the United States Mexico and Africa.

City of Refuge is a thriving inner-city congregation preaching a message of action, and Bishop Flunder has received many awards for her work in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with the elderly, and with youth. Responding to the needs of the community, Bishop Flunder and her staff provide housing, direct services, education and training for persons affected by HIV/AIDS in the Bay Area through the Ark of Refuge, Inc., a non-profit agency which also serves throughout the USA and in three countries in Africa.

She is the author of Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology and Homiletic of Radical Inclusion. She is a graduate of the Ministry Studies and Master of Arts programs at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California, and received a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo California.

Ameena Jandali will be a participant on this year's "Work and Economic Justice across Faith: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Perspectives" panel (Wednesday, January 26, 11:15am-1:00pm). She is Content Director at Islamic Networks Group, an educational outreach organization that promotes interfaith dialogues and education about world religions. Ameena is a founding member of ING and has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools, colleges, universities, churches, and other venues on Islam and related subjects, and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. Ameena is an editor of ING training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims, as well as author and editor of training modules for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. She currently team teaches a class on Islam at San Francisco City College.

Roland StringfellowRev. Roland Stringfellow will be a panelist on this year's "Faith, Funding, and Foundations" panel (Wednesday, January 26, 11:15 am-1:00 pm). He is Director of Ministerial Outreach at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry. He is a licensed minister in the Baptist Church and ordained with the Metropolitan Community Church. Currently Rev. Stringfellow is continuing his work in creating dialogues on the topic of LGBT equality with church congregations and in religious institutions in his role as the Coordinator of the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations in the Bay Area of California.

Mary TolbertDr. Mary Tolbert will moderate the "Faith, Funding, and Foundations" panel (Wednesday, January 26, 11:15 am-1:00 pm). Dr. Tolbert is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Pacific School of Religion. Her writings on the Gospel of Mark have established her as a leading voice in the interpretation of the New Testament. Her scholarly teaching and writing focus on feminism, biblical interpretation and social location and, most recently, queer theory and gender construction. She played a pivotal role in the conception and realization of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at PSR and served as its first executive director. Her publications include Sowing the Gospel: Mark’s World in Literary-Historical Perspective (1989) and Teaching the Bible: The Discourses and Politics of Biblical Pedagogy (1998), which she edited with Fernando F. Segovia.

 


 

Speakers

 In addition to the keynote Lectures, the Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference features several other distinguished speakers:

Mitchell GoldMitchell Gold
CLGS Luncheon speaker
Wednesday, January 26, 1:00-2:30 pm

Mitchell Gold has a long history of supporting grassroots and national not-for-profits such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Empire State Pride Agenda, the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA), Friends in Deed, the AIDS Leadership Foothills-Area Alliance (ALFA), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and the Leukemia Society. Gold is the founder of Faith in America, an organization devoted to educating the public about the harm caused to gay Americans when religion-based bigotry and prejudice is used to justify condemnation, discrimination and violence and to aggressively challenging such oppression.

In 1989, Gold and his business partner created Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, a residential furniture manufacturing company. Gold’s years of marketing experience with his partner’s talents as an art director set the course for the company and changed the furniture industry. Just nine years later, Inc. magazine positioned The Mitchell Gold Company at number 57 on its list of the 500 fastest growing private companies. Due to its inclusive company policies, Mitchell Gold received a 100-percent rating on the Corporate Equality Index of 2003, which has been released annually by the Human Rights Campaign starting in 2002. The company has maintained this rating. In April 2005, Inc. magazine named Mr. Gold one of its 26 “Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs.”

Ian MorrisDr. Ian Morris
Badè Lecturer: the Badè Lectures are held each year just prior to the Earl Lectures
Monday, January 24, 6:30-8:00 pm

Dr. Ian Morris is Professor of Classics and History at Stanford University. He is interested in understanding why the west has dominated the earth for the last few centuries.

He began his career as an archaeologist and historian of ancient Greece, studying early texts and excavating sites around the Mediterranean Sea, but in recent years he has moved toward larger-scale questions and an evolutionary approach to world history. From 2000 through 2006 Professor Morris directed Stanford University’s excavation at Monte Polizzo, a native Sicilian town of the seventh and sixth centuries BCE. Morris came to Stanford from the University of Chicago in 1995, and since then has served as Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences, Chair of the Classics Department, and Director of the Social Science History Institute. He also founded and has directed the Stanford Archaeology Center. His teaching includes classes on world history, ancient Greece, slavery, and archaeology. He has appeared on numerous television shows and his prizes and awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ian Morris's current research uses ancient Mediterranean history to try to help answer the big questions in history. His latest book, Why the West Rules—For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal about the Future, compares eastern and western history since the end of the Ice Age and asks where the long-term trends will take us in the 21st century. He is now working on a new book called War! What is it Good For? and when that is finished, he will work on a book tentatively titled The Ancient World: A New History, examining the period 10,000 BCE–600 CE across the entire globe. He has published ten previous books.