The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.

Fall Series

A discussion with the bestselling author on her bold collection of essays that tell the stories of the people on the ground in Palestine
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Ayelet Waldman: Kingdom of Olives and Ash

October 01, 2017

A discussion with the bestselling author on her bold collection of essays that tell the stories of the people on the gro...

Our 2017 Artist in Residence will share her passion for inspiring children to find their voice and using creativity as a pathway to empathy

The Forum with Sarah Kay and Redwing Keyssar

October 22, 2017

Our 2017 Artist in Residence will share her passion for inspiring children to find their voice and using creativity as a...

Porter discusses her recent documentary, which follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers as they battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women

Gender Justice Series with Dawn Porter: Reproductive Justice

November 19, 2017

Porter discusses her recent documentary, which follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers as they battle to...

The co-founder and CEO of the online network Strava, “the social network for athletes,” talks about connecting the global community of athletes and what’s next in Silicon Valley.

Mark Gainey: Sports and Silicon Valley

October 08, 2017

The co-founder and CEO of the online network Strava, “the social network for athletes,” talks about connecting the...

The best-selling author and erstwhile muse of J.D. Salinger will discuss her memoir about discovering strength amid great loss

Joyce Maynard: The Best of Us

October 29, 2017

The best-selling author and erstwhile muse of J.D. Salinger will discuss her memoir about discovering strength amid grea...

Our 2017 Artist in Residence will share her passion for inspiring children to find their voice and using creativity as a pathway to empathy

The Forum with Sarah Kay

October 15, 2017

Our 2017 Artist in Residence will share her passion for inspiring children to find their voice and using creativity as a...

The distinguished actor, Emmy-winning narrator, author, activist and fully transmitted Zen Buddhist priest joins our dean, Malcolm Clemens Young and dean emeritus Alan Jones in conversation

Peter Coyote: An Irregular Education

November 12, 2017

The distinguished actor, Emmy-winning narrator, author, activist and fully transmitted Zen Buddhist priest joins our dea...

Watch or Listen to Past Forums

Below, you can watch Forums from Fall 2015 on. You can also listen to Forums, from the most recent one to all the way back to 2007, as an iTunes podcast.

November 06, 2016
Guest: Dr. Diana Eck
Founder and Director of The Pluralism Project, Dr. Diana Eck
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October 30, 2016
Guest: Robin Grossinger
Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute
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October 25, 2016
Guest: Janet Napolitano
UC President Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security and Governor of Arizona
Watch this Forum here
October 23, 2016
Guest: Richard Rodriguez
Pulitzer Prize nominee and San Francisco native Richard Rodriguez in conversation
Watch this Forum here
October 16, 2016
Guest: Dr. Lisa Miller
Leading national expert in spirituality, health and child development, Dr. Lisa Miller, in conversation
Watch this Forum here
October 09, 2016
Guest: Isabel Allende
Isabel Allende, the best-selling author and activist
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October 02, 2016
Guest: Maha Elgenaidi
Civil rights leader and founder of the Islamic Networks Group, Maha Elgenaidi, in conversation
Watch this Forum here
September 27, 2016
Guest: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Filmmaker and advocate Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Watch this Forum here
September 25, 2016
Guest: Jeff Kositsky, Audrey Cooper and Ken Reggio
Jeff Kositsky, the director of City Hall’s new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing; Audrey Cooper, San F...
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May 29, 2016
Guest: Lily Pearsall
Lily Pearsall, Curatorial Project Manager at SFMOMA
Watch this Forum here

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