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A Legacy of Public Service

Service is a muscle that needs to be exercised often. Judson W. Robinson III, President and CEO of the Houston Area Urban League knows this well. He comes from a family of public servants and understands the importance and impact service can have on the community.

In this episode of For Such a Time as This, Larry and Judson discuss the role of the Urban League in Houston. They talk about Judson's family legacy of service and they also talk about the importance of finding new strategies to help draw awareness within their communities.

Houston Area Urban League

Serving the Homebound

The holiday season can be one of the most joyous times of year, but for those who are homebound, it can be an isolating time. In this episode of For Such a Time as This Larry Payne sits down to talk to Kelly Glanding Woelfel, Director of Homebound Ministries at St. Theresa Catholic Church, about how her experience serving the homebound and how a little visit goes a long way.

St. Theresa Catholic Church in Memorial Park

St. Theresa Homebound Ministry

Equity in Education

In this episode of For Such a Time as This, Larry Payne sits down to talk to Dr. Nicole Walters, Dean, Kolbe School of Innovation and Professional Studies, about equity in education.

Walters outlines the importance of diversity and inclusion in education, discusses education access and shares how the programs in the Kolbe School practice equity.

Learn more about the programs mentioned in the video. 

Balancing Faith and Culture

In this episode of For Such a Time as This, Larry Payne sits down with long-time friend, Fr. Donald Nesti, CSSp, founder of the Center for Nesti Center for Faith and Culture at the University of St. Thomas-Houston. They talk about his formation as a priest, discovering his call at Duquesne University and following that call to Houston, Texas, where he started the center. They discuss faith, the common good and the importance of Pope Francis' latest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.

Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith and Culture

Fratelli Tutti | Pope Francis

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Culture and the New Normal

The pandemic has been a time that has allowed people the opportunity to slow down, reflect and reevaluate their life. Russell Richard is among those people who took advantage of that opportunity and actively processed what was happening around him. Those observations have become a book, "Beyond Words: An Intersection of Philosophy, Inspiration and Poetry."

In this episode of For Such a Time as This, Larry sits down with Russell to discuss the novel. They take stock of all of the years' big moments and the changes that have come around because of them. They also ponder the cultural change that has come about because of the pandemic and ask how we move forward with a new normal, learning from all we learned.

Russell Richard

Russell Richard Books

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To Love and Serve the Lord

In today's episode of For Such a Time as This, Larry sits down with Fr. Phil Lloyd, Pastor of St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Houston, TX, to talk about the pandemic, building community and meeting Houston's new Police Chief.

Fr. Phil shares his pastoral mission, to encourage his congregants to take what they learn in Mass and share that as witness in their familial and work lives. He also shares a formative moment in his life when he began to better understand God's call for us to live in communion.

St. Theresa Catholic Church in Memorial Park

'I won't let you down': Troy Finner unanimously confirmed as new Houston police chief | KHOU

Healing a Fractured Nation

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.

Prudence in Politics w/Dr. Chris Wolfe | The Rundown

Dr. Christopher Wolfe, Faculty Profile 

A Chapel of Hope

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.

Rothko Chapel 

Educating Ethical Leaders

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.

Learn more about the Ed.D in Ethical Leadership

We Need Ethical Leadership

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.

Learn more about the Ed.D in Ethical Leadership

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