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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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The Musical World of Hamilton Loomis

This is Hamilton Loomis. Hamilton is Galveston-born, world-touring blues, rock and soul musician. He is a UST Alumnus and is also a protege of the musical legend, Bo Diddley! But, most importantly, he is a family man.

In this episode of BOLD, Hamilton talks about life as touring musician. He shares stories of his education, both collegiate and musical, and talks about how music and travel opened his mind. Finally he talks about the challenges of balancing a family and music.

Hamilton Loomis

Hamilton Loomis @ Ziggo Live Amsterdam - Partner In Crime

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UST Music Department

Sing a Song of Joy

Kechi Okwuchi is Nigerian-born author and award-winning singer. You may recognize her from her performance on America’s Got Talent. She is an inspirational and TEDX Keynote speaker, bully-prevention advocate and an MBA student here at the University of St. Thomas.

In this episode of Bold, we talked about Kechi’s wild ride, from graduating with a business degree from UST to participating in America’s Got Talent, and the whirlwind of publicity that came after! We also talk about Kechi’s return to St. Thomas, and why she is pursuing an MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship.

Kechi Okwuchi Website

"More Than My Scars: The Power of Perseverance, Unrelenting Faith, and Deciding What Defines You" by Kechi Okwuchi

UST McNair Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

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Alumna's Bold Voice Brings New Opportunities 

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

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Art, Icons and Spirituality

In this episode of BOLD, Al Saulso, UST alumnus and artist, shares his story. He talks about how he got into art, making a living as an artist and his introduction to writing icons. He also dives into the philosophy and spirituality of writing icons and gives all those who are interested in Iconography a gentle prod to start digging in.

The Glassell School of Art

Al Saulso

Not Born to Hate – Part 2

A continuation of our Not Born to Hate series, Brianna Amaya, a middle school religion teacher and graduate student, sits down to talk with a her former professor and dear friend, Fr. Dempsey Rosales Acosta, a Theology professor at the University of St. Thomas.

Together they share their experiences of faith, education and discrimination and articulate why it is hope - trust in God's divine will - that will allow us to grow and become the people God is calling us to be. Not Born to Hate is video series that seeks to examine race, racism and culture in America, provide an understanding of how we arrived at our present situation as a society and offer a sense of hope for our collective future.

Watch part 1 of Not Born to Hate here: Ep. 1 Not Born to Hate - Student Panel

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