The Cathedral's Second Sundays Series features provocative and important voices on the most pressing issues of our day.

Fall 2016 Second Sundays Series

“A core mission of the Cathedral is to serve as a convener for civil discussions on important matters in our national life. This series is bringing together vital voices to focus our attention on some of the Cathedral’s top missional priorities: racial reconciliation, social justice, caring for creation, and LGBT rights.”

—The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington

10:10 am: Forum with invited speaker
11:15: Holy Eucharist with speaker serving as guest preacher  

Second Sundays forums and Holy Eucharists are webcast live.

Upcoming Speakers:


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The Rev. Canon John L. Peterson
former Secretary General of the Anglican Communion

The Rev. Canon John L. Peterson, former secretary general of the Anglican Communion, joins Dean Hollerith to explore the Cathedral’s global interfaith work, particularly the Christian-Muslim Summits. 

The Cathedral hosted the first of four Christian-Muslim Summits, in 2010, after then-President Mohammad Khatami proposed the idea when he spoke at the Cathedral in 2006.  The second Summit was hosted by the Sunnis in 2012 in Beirut; the third Summit  hosted by the Roman Catholics was held in Rome in 2014; and last month the fourth Summit was hosted by the Shias in Tehran.

Following Canon Peterson’s 12 years as Dean of St. George’s College in Jerusalem and 10 years as the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, he joined the Cathedral as Director of the Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation.

Past Speakers:

September 11

Dr. Shaun Casey
Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs, U.S. State Dept.

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October 9

Diane Rehm
Nationally-syndicated talk show host at WAMU

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November 13

The Hon. Michéle Flournoy (Forum Guest)
former Undersecretary of Defense and CEO of Center for a New American Security

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The Hon. Togo West (Preaching)
former Secretary of the Army and Secretary of Veterans Affairs

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December 11

The Rev. Canon John L. Peterson
Former secretary general of the Anglican Communion

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Fall 2016 speakers

Gallery: Sept. 11, 2016, Dr. Shaun Casey

Second Sundays Series Archive

January 10: Diana Butler Bass

Author and scholar Diana Butler Bass discussed her newest book, Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution, on why an apparent decline in institutional religion actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God.

February 14: Bryan Stevenson

Acclaimed public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Just Mercy, discussed the inherent injustices in the criminal justice system. Hosted by Cathedral Canon Theologian Kelly Brown Douglas.

March 13: Jim Wallis

Bestselling author and public theologian Jim Wallis discussed his newest book, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America and his challenge to white Christians to act “less white and more Christian.” Hosted by Cathedral Canon Theologian Kelly Brown Douglas.

April 10: The Reverend Richard Cizik

The Rev. Richard Cizik, president of the New Evangelical Partnership and former vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals, is a leading voice for Creation Care and environmental protection. The week before Earth Day, Cizik spoke on the biblical mandate to care for the Earth and America’s role in leading the global fight against climate change.

May 8: Tina Tchen

Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, discussed the upcoming White House Summit: The United State of Women and efforts to advance women’s health, economic and educational opportunities as well as other key gender equality issues.

June 12: Alan Chambers

For 12 years, Alan Chambers led Exodus International, the oldest and largest “ex-gay” organization in the world. In 2013, he closed the ministry and began making strides toward building relationships with the LGBT community, reconciling his place in that community, and encouraging the global church to reduce fear, establish trust, and inspire hope for the sake of the Gospel. His third book, written with his wife, Leslie, My Exodus: From FEAR to GRACE was released in September 2015.