Join Dean Randy Hollerith for a special “Honest to God” program with former Secretary of the Navy and honorary Cathedral Canon John Dalton, where they will discuss Dalton’s forthcoming book, At the Helm: My Journey with Family, Faith, and Friends to Calm the Storms of Life.

This event will follow the Sunday Eucharist in the Great Choir and is free and open to the public; pre-registration is not required.

At the Helm will be available for purchase from Politics & Prose following the program. Mr. Dalton will also sign books.

about “honest to god”

Presented by the Cathedral College of Faith & Culture, the “Honest to God” series brings together people from different faith traditions to discuss how the values of their faith influence their work and their leadership. These conversations with wisdom leaders, theologians, public figures and others aim to offer spiritual insights for uncertain times.

about the book

John Dalton’s life is an inspirational American success story. At the Helm traces his journey from modest beginnings in Louisiana to traveling the world and working across private and public sectors and four presidential appointments all culminating in his appointment as the 70th Secretary of the Navy.

As Secretary of the Department of the Navy, including both Navy and Marine Corps, Dalton had to weather the storm of the Tailhook controversy, navigate through the Naval Academy cheating scandal, manage the new policies of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and women serving in combat. His record with these situations shines as a model of ethical leadership during crises.

John Dalton has created an account of his life for posterity, and to encourage others at this challenging juncture in American history. His memoir recounts his experiences and the bedrock values which shaped him and the hard lessons he received from them, including the essence of principled leadership. At the Helm is a portrait of a man who has lived life ethically and to the fullest, doing his utmost to leave the world better than he found it.