Washington National Cathedral presents the Spring 2021 series of "Honest to God," an online program featuring wisdom leaders, theologians and others offering spiritual conversation for uncertain times.

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The Life and Leadership of John Lewis

Tuesday, March 23 • 7 pm EST

Dean Randy Hollerith hosts Jon Meacham, author and historian, with Congressman Lewis’ Chiefs of Staff, Linda Earley Chastang and Michael Collins, for an intimate conversation about Lewis’ life and leadership. Less than a year after Lewis’ death, the guests reflect on what inspired and sustained his decades-long, faith-driven leadership that focused on the wellbeing of others.

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Congressional Chaplains

Tuesday, April 20 • 7 pm EST

In partnership with the National Institute on Civil Discourse (NICD), the Cathedral welcomes Senate Chaplain Barry Black and House Chaplain Margaret Kibben for a conversation about ethical leadership. As Chaplains, Black and Kibben have a unique relationship with elected officials. Dean Hollerith and Keith Allred, Director of NICD, discuss public service, the Golden Rule, insights from military chaplaincy, and the role of faith in fostering respect and healing amidst painful division.

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José Andrés

Tuesday, May 11 • 7 pm EST

Chef and humanitarian José Andrés joins Dean Randy Hollerith and Canon Missioner Leonard Hamlin for a conversation about leadership, inspiration, and public service. Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, a non-profit devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters, shares the stories behind his internationally recognized humanitarian efforts to eliminate poverty and feed the hungry.

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Honest to God: 2020 Series


The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

October 21, 2020

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. A preacher, teacher and pastor, Bishop Curry encourages Christians to practice the “loving, liberating and life-giving Way of the Jesus Movement.” This conversation with Dean Hollerith reflects on respecting the dignity of every human being during this challenging, conflicted time.

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Ambassador Andrew Young and The Rev. Dr. Paul Smith

June 17, 2020

Ambassador Andrew Young is the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, US Congressman, and Atlanta Mayor. He was an early leader in civil rights movement, serving as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was a close confident of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Rev. Dr. Paul Smith is a Presbyterian minister, mediator, and civil right activist known for creating multi-racial churches in Buffalo, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Brooklyn.

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Quinn Cook

May 27, 2020

Quinn Cook, 2018 NBA champion joins Canon Missioner Leonard Hamlin to discuss faith and perseverance. A graduate of Dematha High School in Prince George’s County, Cook is a producer of the recently released Showtime documentary Basketball County: In the Water. His early life experiences and strong family ties to church laid the foundation for a faith that undergirds a commitment to community and to God.

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Barbara Brown Taylor

May 20, 2020

Bestselling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor joins Dean Randy Hollerith for conversation. She is the author of 14 books, the most recent Holy Envy was published in March 2019. An Altar in the World (2010) and  Learning to Walk in the Dark (2015) were both New York Times Bestsellers. In 2014 TIME included her on its annual list of Most Influential People.

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Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde

May 13, 2020

Dean Randy Hollerith hosts Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde for an Honest to God conversation on living with faith during the pandemic. Bishop Budde is a passionate believer in the gospel of Jesus and the Episcopal Church’s particular witness and is committed to developing new expressions of Christian community. She believes that Jesus calls all who follow him to strive for justice and peace, and to respect the dignity of every human being.

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Father James Martin

May 5, 2020

Father James Martin is a Jesuit priest and editor at large at America magazine. He is the author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage and Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Sensitivity and Compassion. In 2017, he was appointed by Pope Francis as a consultant to the Vatican’s Dicastary for Communication.

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Nadia Bolz-Weber

April 29, 2020

The Honest to God series continues with Nadia Bolz-Weber, ordained Lutheran Pastor. Bolz-Weber is the founder of House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver, and a New York Times bestselling author. She writes and speaks about personal failings, recovery, grace and faith.

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Earth Day: 50 Years

April 22, 2020

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation, hosted a panel discussion on healing the earth in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day. Rev. Traci Blackmon, Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas and Bishop David Rice joined Canon Spellers to remind us of the urgency of collective, inspired, and loving action to end the climate crisis.

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Lisa Sharon Harper

April 15, 2020

Canon Theologian Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, hosts writer, speaker and activist Lisa Sharon Harper. Harper served as Sojourners Chief Church Engagement Officer, where she is currently a columnist. She is the author of several books, including The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong can be Made Right.

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Philip Yancey

April 1, 2020

Dean Hollerith hosts bestselling author Philip Yancey, author of Where Is God When It HurtsDisappointment with God, and The Question That Never Goes Away. Yancey brought his wisdom and experience to an online audience, expanding on thoughts he shared in his most recent blog, Living in Plague Times.

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