40th Anniversary of the Westminster Town Hall Forum

The Town Hall Forum begins its 40th year of engaging the public in reflection and dialogue on the key issues of our day from an ethical perspective. This spring, three speakers will explore critical issues challenging our community and nation during this election year. Forums are held in Westminster’s sanctuary and are free and open to all. Music precedes the presentation 30 minutes; a reception and book-signing with the speaker follow.

Bill McKibben
Tuesday, March 17, Noon
Building a Movement to Stop Climate Change

Bill McKibben is an environmentalist, educator, and author, and one of the leading voices on climate change in America. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A prolific and award-winning author, his 1989 book, The End of Nature, is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is the founder of 350.org, the world’s largest grassroots campaign to counter the effects of climate change. He was awarded the Gandhi Prize, the Thomas Merton Prize, and the Right Livelihood Prize, and has received honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. He lives in Vermont in the mountains above Lake Champlain.

Victoria Sweet
Tuesday, April 21, Noon
Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing

Victoria Sweet is associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California in San Francisco and a prize-winning historian with a Ph.D. in history and social medicine. For more than 20 years, she worked in San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital, a rehabilitation center providing skilled nursing and therapeutic services to underserved populations. Her interactions with patients taught her that health care works best when it is personal, face-to-face, and attentive to both the body and the soul. She has dubbed this practice “slow medicine.” Her latest book, Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing, explores her evolving understanding of medicine as both an art and a science, which is relational, personal, even spiritual.

Eddie Glaude, Jr.
Tuesday, May 12, Noon
James Baldwin’s Lessons on Race in America

Eddie Glaude, Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and chair of the Department of African American Studies. He is the author of the award-winning books In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America and Democracy in Black: How Race Still Governs the Soul of America. His forthcoming book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, will be published in April 2020. He is a columnist for Time magazine and a regular contributor on MSNBC. He holds a B.S. in political science from Morehouse College, an M.A. in African American studies from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University.