2021 finds the United States politically polarized. Larry Payne sits down with Dr. Chris Wolfe, Assistant Professor of Political Science, to talk about healing the political divide and the challenges and opportunities we have in the election of Joe Biden, the U.S.'s second Catholic President. They speak on the need to listen and hear one another and difficulty that lies in supporting political figures who don't represent the fullness of the Church.
Host Larry Payne sits down with David Leslie, Executive Director of the Rothko Chapel, to discuss the role the Chapel plays in cultivating conversation, peace and hope in Houston and globally. Designed to serve as an ecumenical space to promote dialogue and encounter, the Rothko Chapel serves a unique and vital role in the greater conversations surrounding justice and hope.
Larry Payne sits down and talks with Dr. Richard Ludwick, President of the University of St. Thomas - Houston, about education, leadership and why now, more than ever, the responsibility to educate in matters of truth and ethics lie in Catholic institutions.
Larry Payne speaks with Dr. Eduardo Torres, Interim Director of the Doctorate in Ethical Leadership, about the need for ethical leadership on today's society. Torres speaks on his experience in education and his first hand accounts of how good and ethical leaders can transform schools, districts and most importantly, students lives.
On November 18, 2020, Hurricane Iota ravaged San Andres, Colombia, home to the Raizal community. Host Larry Payne talks with Diana Caicedo and Brittney Sandoval, both members of the Raizal diaspora in Houston about the effects of the Hurricane and how members of the diaspora in Houston and beyond have mobilized to serve their friends, family and community in San Andres.
Larry Payne sits down with Paul Beck, President of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston, to talk about the importance of education, mentorship and professional development.
They discuss Cristo Rey's unique work-study model that allows students to gain critical skills in a professional business setting and the budding partnership with the University of St. Thomas. The partnership allows students to carry the work study experience through to the college setting by way of the Rising Stars program.
Larry Payne sits down with Herb Johnson, Director, Security Management Institute, Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and former Executive Director, Catholic Interracial Council of New York, to discuss the elevation of Wilton Cardinal D. Gregory, the first African-American cardinal, the black experience in the Catholic Church and signs of hope for the future.
Larry Payne sits down with Amy Auzenne, Pastoral Associate for Evangelization and Formation at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Spring, TX, to discuss the USCCB document Open Wide Our Hearts and talk about how her suburban community at St. Ignatius is opening themselves to encounter - learning to see, hear and love their neighbor.
Larry Payne speaks with Lacy Wolf '81, president of the Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, about the work that unions do, how his Catholic faith influences his work, and his experience in the Labor Movement. Wolf ties his work back to Catholic Social Teaching - The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers - and explains why treating all workers with dignity is something to continue striving toward.
In the inaugural episode, Larry Payne converses with Dr. Richard Ludwick about the role a University plays in building a just society and how UST is working to meet the needs of the community while addressing the inequities that exist in society.