Guests: The Rev. Frannie Kieschnick and Michael Kieschnick
Interlocutor: The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw
Frances Hall Kieschnick is an Episcopal priest and community leader. Until recently, she was Senior Associate Rector at Trinity Church, Menlo Park. She was one of the first women ordained, and is known for liturgical innovation and the formation of new services. Beginning at All Saints Pasadena, she has long been active in interfaith peace and justice work, affordable housing and hospital chaplaincy. Her focus now is stopping violence against women. She co-founded The Beatitudes Society, and serves on the advisory board of Yale Divinity School, the executive committee of Human Rights Watch North and the boards of Salva Terra and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. She has worked with V-Day to support the women of the City of Joy in Africa. Frannie loves to dance, play tennis, and hike. She is proud of the paths chosen by her grown children - teaching and public interest law. Frannie graduated from Yale College and the Episcopal Divinity School.
Michael Hall Kieschnick is a social entrepreneur and activist. Having come of age in an anti-war pro-racial justice church in 1960s Dallas, he has long seen churches as a vehicle for progress. He has helped start many organizations, including nonprofits, corporations, investment funds, and political action committees. His primary occupation for the last three decades has been as a leader of Working Assets, now known as CREDO Mobile, which has donated more than $75 million to progressive causes, and uses its community of three million activists to fight for such causes as marriage equality, carbon pollution reduction, financial reform, and against threats such as the invasion of other countries, the Keystone pipeline, voter suppression, and media concentration. At least once a decade, matters get so bad he is arrested in civil disobedience. He teaches a seminar in social innovation at Stanford, and earned degrees in biology and economics from Stanford, and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard.