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Summer Forum Series Presentation given on August 11, 2019 by Thomas R. Smith

Summer Forum Series Presentation given on July 28, 2019 by Utah Congressman Ben McAdams

Summer Forum Series Presentation given on July 21, 2019 by Thomas Huckin and Elise Lazar

Summer Forum Series Presentation given on July 14, 2019 by Cami Collett

Summer Forum Series Presentation given on July 7, 2019 by Satin Tashnizi and Nora Abu-Dan

Summer Forum Series Presentation given on June 30, 2019 by Mary Dickson, featuring music by Nick Anderson & David Owens

Summer Forum Series Presentation given on June 23, 2019 by Rocky Anderson, featuring music by Nick Anderson & David Owens


Sundays at 10:00 am
June 23 – August 18
June 23 –  Rocky Anderson – “Challenging Human and Civil Rights Abuses in Utah”
Rocky Anderson is a prominent Utah trial attorney who served two terms as Mayor of Salt Lake City (2000-2008). He was a candidate for Congress (1996), candidate for President (Justice Party, 2012), past Board Chair of the Utah Chapter of the ACLU, and is Executive Director of High Road for Human Rights. Music by Nick Anderson & David Owens
June 30 –  Mary Dickson – “Hosting International Students: The Joy of Opening Heart and Home to Strangers”

Mary Dickson is a writer and producer for public television. Recently retired as KUED’s director of Community Relations for over 20 years, Mary Dickson is known for her weekly program “Contact.” She is writing a book about her experience of hosting college-age international students in her home for many years. Music by Nick Anderson & David Owens

July 7 –  Satin Tashnizi and Nora Abu-Dan – “Islam and Islamophobia”

Satin Tashnizi graduated from the University of Utah in Political Science, and is bilingual in Farsi and English.  Nora is a native of Utah and her parents are from Palestine. Nora is a University of Utah graduate in Economics and Spanish. Both currently work for Goldman Sachs. Persian music by the group Jannan.   

July 14 – Cami Collett – “Prepare for Your Care: Starting the Conversation About Being Mortal”

Dr. Cami Collett, M.D., M.P.H., family physician and faculty at St. Mark’s Family Medicine; longtime member of this church’s congregation.  Cami presents workshops on this topic in the community.

July 21 – Thomas Huckin and Elise Lazar – “Move to Amend: Getting Money Out of Politics”

Retired University of Utah English Professor Thomas Huckin and Elise Lazar are activists representing Utah’s Move to Amend Coalition. 

July 28 – Utah Congressman Ben McAdams – “Update: Being a Democrat in the 116th Congress”

Former Mayor of Salt Lake County, Ben McAdams was elected in 2018 as a Democrat to represent the 4th District of Utah. Music by Ric Nobis

August 4 –  Howard Berkes – “28 Years and 31 Days: An NPR Correspondent’s Career”

Recently retired NPR reporter was based in Salt Lake City for 40 years.

August 11 – Thomas R. Smith – “Encounters with Mary Oliver: One Poet’s Reflections”

Thomas Smith is a poet, educator and writer visiting from River Falls, Wisconsin-  http://www.thomasrsmithpoet.com/ As someone who knew Mary Oliver, Thomas will reflect on lesser-known aspects of Mary’s work that reveal her struggle for personal healing and a reckoning with the geopolitical forces that threaten peace and the fabric of life on our planet.

August 18 – The Final Two General Election Candidates for Salt Lake City Mayor

Winners of August 13 primary election for Salt Lake City Mayor prior to November 5th will speak and answer questions.

Those amazing workers behind Summer Forum 2018. . .

On eight Sundays this summer, we had a strong team effort: Our Church hosted speakers, presenters and musicians who educated, informed and entertained.  We acknowledge Tim and Cathy Chambless for inviting the speakers, doing introductions and conducting Q&A sessions.  However, many others deserve credit for their essential work that made the Church’s Summer Forum series truly successful.

Becky Heal and Shirley Ray arranged for musicians to perform who magically complemented the tone of the speaker content.  Lee Shuster and his A/V team Don Walton and Joe Herring were there every Sunday to amplify and control sound and record video so others could enjoy remotely. Marc Peterson efficiently handled the volunteer sign-ups and reminders by email. Pauline Higgins, Marion Johnson and Jack Avery ensures there was coffee each Sunday.  Child care was lovingly provided by Anna Fonnesbeck in the pre-school room and playground. The multitude of other roles as ushers, welcome table greeters and coffee makers were filled by the dedicated volunteers (and their committees) listed below:

  • June 24; Colleen Bliss, Adam Mansfield, Tyler Jacobsen, Mark Rothacher, Melanie Hopkinson, Barbara Kreek, Nancy Howard, and Rick Bliss(Small Group Ministry)
  • July 1; Linda Waters, Henry Whiteside, Marc Peterson, CJ Sadiq, Romagosa, Marion Johnson, Greg Johnson
  • July 8; Donnie, Christine, Tara, Diane, Adrienne, Carol, Jana & Aimee (Women’s Sacred Circle) 
  • July 15; Gene Mahalko, Henry Whiteside, Linda Waters, Marc Peterson, Carol Romagosa 
  • July 22; Melanie Hopkinson, Linda Waters, Kira Kilmer, Marc Peterson, C.J. Sadiq, Connie Wilkerson, Marcia Reese
  • July 29; Gene Mahalko, Henry Whiteside, Kira Kilmer, C.J. Sadiq, and John Shavers
  • August 5; Sue Geary, Michele Page, Doug and Sandi Greene, Greg Johnson, Bill and Christine Ashworth, Gene Mahalko (Small Group Ministry)
  • August 12; Melanie Hopkinson, Henry Whiteside, Kira Kilmer, Sylvia Gray, Carol Romagosa

Also, we want to thank everyone who attended the Summer Forums— and asked Todd questions! Please thank each of these individuals when you see them for making our church an exciting, stimulating and welcoming place to be all year long!

Cathy and Tim Chambless

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