Adult Forum Hour
When/Where: Sunday mornings from 9:00AM– 10:15AM in the Guild Hall.
The Adult Education Forum has taken a look at a wide variety of subjects over the past years, tackling everything from religious issues to ethics and morality in our society today. A one-month portion of each year is dedicated to foreign affairs. In the past, we have tackled the Palestinian/Jewish question, the Arab Spring parts 1 and 2 and several other foreign policy issues.
Other subjects have been the Affordable Care Act, immigration and many issues from our city’s governance, to learning about the many newer cultural programs and volunteer efforts in our inner cities. We have also managed to take a hard look at environmental issues such as water rights and fracking.
Adult Forum Committee members include: John Bentley, Bill Cartwright, Kirt and Joanna Hobler, Craig Hopewell, Don Harrison, Jonathan and Nancy Lippincott, Gerri Strauss, and Rev. Dr. Stephen Caine.
We would welcome new members with fresh ideas and enthusiasm!
If you are interested in joining the Adult Forum Committee, please contact Gerri Strauss.
Our adult seminars for the month of September are dedicated in honor of Reverend Paul Robert Long pastor of the Indian Hill Church from 1967-1996. Paul died on Thursday May 15,2019 after a long battle with cancer.
“In the 1960s a few religious groups were actively interested in “civic responsibilities” working for change, and meeting regularly for discussion of both moral and political issues in the city.
The 1967 riots in Cincinnati awakened a realization that the new laws against discrimination were not yet effective, and stirred many congregational leaders into action talk of cooperation and steps taken by religious leaders, such as Bishop Roger Blanchard, Rabbi Albert Goldman, Monsignor Ralph Aspian, with the organizing skills of the Reverend Paul Long, MARCC, The Metropolitan area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati was born”.(* quoted from the history of MARCC)
It is for his dedication to MARCC and civil rights that we continue to honor his legacy with our series on civil rights.
Sunday, September 8, 2019
“Let Freedom Ring – The Civil Rights Movement – Where Do We Go From Here” This interactive presentation explores legacy of the Civil Rights Movement today.
Speaker Dr. Eric Jackson
Professor of History
Director – Black World Studies Program Department of History and Geography Northern Kentucky University
As a Professor of History, with almost twenty seven years of academic experience at the university level, Dr. Eric R. Jackson has taught numerous classes in the fields of American and African American History, Race Relations and Peace Studies. Dr. Jackson has also published a wide array of books, books reviews, articles, etc. in many local, regional, national, and international journals.
September 15, 2019 Civil Rights Part Two : An in depth look at two important civil rights documents: one being Lincoln’s second Inaugural address and the other Martin Luther King’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail.
The inaugural address is considered to be one of Lincoln’s most significant speeches while the other is thought to be the greatest letter in American Civil Rights history. They are separated by 100 years yet they deal with the same issues.
Speaker Reverend Greg Gibson
Gregory Gibson is a retired Presbyterian Minister and attorney . He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Dayton Law School. He practiced law for 35 years and served churches, including Indian Hill, as an interim or supply pastor throughout his career. After retiring from his legal career, he returned to full time ministry as the interim pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Middletown Ohio and then First Presbyterian Church of Dallas
Texas. He now devotes most of his time to professional portrait painting.
September 22, 2019 Civil Rights Part Three; Federal judges have been the resolute protectors of our most fundamental rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness since our nations founding. Judge Black will talk about the leading Civil Rights decisions by federal judges throughout history and where we stand today.
Timothy S. Black is a federal trial court judge, nominated for life by President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate on May 13, 2010. His proper title is United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.
A graduate of Harvard University, Judge Black began work as a teacher while earning his J.D. degree at night at Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Upon graduation, he joined Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP in 1983 as a civil litigator, becoming a partner in 1990. In 1993, he won election as a Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge and was then re-elected in 1999. In 2004, he was appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. He is currently one of 15
judges appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States to serve on the ethics committee for all federal judges.
September 29, 2019 Civil Rights Part Four; Civil Rights yesterday and today. What was life like growing up before, during and after the civil rights movement? And what is it like today, how far have we come and are we sliding backwards?
Judge Nathaniel Jones, a retired judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, has substantial experience in litigation, appeals, and dispute resolution.
On February 20, 2003, in recognition of his outstanding career as a jurist and civil rights leader, Congress passed H.J. Res. 2 naming the Nathaniel R. Jones Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Youngstown, Ohio.
In May 2016, Nathaniel’s memoir, Answering The Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America was published by The New Press.
Nathaniel served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio and as Assistant General Counsel to President Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, also known as
the Kerner Commission. He held the position of general counsel of the National Association of Advancement for Colored People (NAACP) from 1969 to 1979. He was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1979 to 2002.
An internationally renowned civil rights activist, Nathaniel played an important role in furthering the abolition of apartheid in South Africa. The drafters of South Africa’s new constitution and laws consulted him, and he conferred with Nelson Mandela upon Mandela’s release from 27 years of imprisonment.
Among numerous other honors and awards, Nathaniel has been selected to receive the NAACP’s highest honor, the Spingarn Medal, presented in July 2016. He received the International Freedom Conductor Award from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in 2016, the Federal Bar Association’s Pillar of Justice Award in 2014 and the Nathaniel R. Jones American Inn of Court was chartered in Youngstown, Ohio in 2014. He received the Children’s Defense Fund’s Changing the Odds Award in 2012, the Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit from the Washington Bar Association in 2011, induction into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2010, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.’s Laurel Wreath Award in 2009, The American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, the Just The Beginning Foundation’s Trailblazer Award in 2006, the Annual Fellows Award from the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division in 2005, the Award of Excellence from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund in 2004, the Ohio Bar Medal Award from the Ohio State Bar Association in 2003, and he was inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2011. He was named a “Great Living Cincinnatian” in 1997.
Nathaniel taught trial advocacy at Harvard Law School and is now an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He is the holder of 19 honorary degrees. He has authored numerous articles and papers.
Gabriel A. Davis
Gabe is a trial lawyer who practices in the area of business litigation and white collar criminal defense. He counsels and represents clients accused of misconduct and those involved in complex investigations. He also handles general corporate litigation. Gabe has significant litigation experience in both state and federal Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, he served as a federal prosecutor in Washington, DC for the United States Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division. While in this position, he specialized in leading criminal investigations and prosecutions involving serious federal offenses, including official misconduct, obstruction of justice offenses, conspiracy, and hate crimes. Gabe prosecuted cases in jurisdictions and federal courts across the country: including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Ohio, and Puerto Rico. He also provided counsel to numerous law enforcement offices and agencies. In addition to his career as a federal prosecutor, Gabe has served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. In that role, he enforced state criminal law and regularly litigated cases involving offenses such as fraud, forgery, and grand theft. He conducted witness interviews, grand jury proceedings, motion practice, hearings, trial preparation, and trial. While in law school, Gabe interned with both the Antitrust Division and the National Security Division of the Justice Department.
- Judicial Externship, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Judge Susan Dlott, 2006
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 2011
- Yale University, B.A. Political Science, 2007
Book Discussion Group
The Book Discussion Group meets monthly, the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm at Jan Ring’s home, to discuss a book chosen to provoke thoughtful contemplation and spiritual growth. We are a co-educational group that has fun and stimulating conversations in order to expand our thoughts and ideas about the world. We welcome all to join!