Restoring Respect

A community conversation about respecting others who look, think, worship or vote differently

The series will be at the Cathedral in Harvard Hall starting at 7 p.m. All sessions are free and open to the public. They will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page.

January 16: Restoring Respect: In Religion

February 20: Restoring Respect: In Race

March 20: Restoring Respect: In Politics


Earlier in the Series (see below for videos of the series)

Oct. 17: Restoring Respect: Where Did It Go?
* Donald Eastman, president, Eckerd College
* Eric Deggans, television critic, National Public Radio
* Brendan Goff, professor of history, New College

November 14: Restoring Respect: In the Media
 *Indira Lakshmanan, journalism ethics chair, The Poynter Institute
* Tim Nickens, editorial page editor, Tampa Bay Times
*Adam Goodman, Republican media campaign consultant

On five Tuesday nights this fall through spring, we will address one of the key issues of our day: What happened to respecting others who differ from us? At a time when there is often heat but no light, more shouting than listening, and contempt for those who look or think or worship or vote differently, we will invite distinguished commentators, newsmakers, and academics to examine this issue and suggest a way forward. 

"One of our goals for the Cathedral is to establish us as a place in the public square where the important issues of the day can be discussed," Dean Morris said. "This series is open to the wider Tampa Bay community. We hope we can contribute to civilized conversation among people who may hold differing views on sensitive topics, something that has been lacking in society in recent years. We want to be able to hear from each other, listen, and learn." He added, "Our baptismal covenant calls on us to respect the dignity of every human being. That's every human being, including those whose actions or beliefs we find abhorrent. I struggle with how to do this, and I hope this series of conversations will help us all widen our understanding of what that might look like."

November 14: Restoring Respect: In the Media 

An Article from the November 2017 CrossTown


More than 125 people turned out for the first segment of our five-part series, "Restoring Respect," on October 17. "The great news is, I didn't know most of our audience," Dean Morris said. "They were from the wider community — just what we hoped for. The fact that so many people attended tells me that our topic — restoring respect — is a subject of interest and concern for a lot of people." Speakers at the first session were Donald R. Eastman III, president of Eckerd College; Eric Deggans, television critic for National Public Radio; and Brendan Goff, associate professor of history at New College in Sarasota. If you missed it, you can watch the live stream on our Facebook page.

The series continues on Tuesday, November 14, at 7 p.m., focusing on the topic, "Restoring Respect: In the Media." Our panel will explore how journalists function in an era of "fake news" and what they can do to earn the respect of the public. Our panelists are: Indira Lakshmanan, holder of the Newmark chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute. She has been a national and foreign correspondent for newspapers, a wire service, radio, TV, and magazines. She has been embedded with pirates in Southeast Asia, Maoist rebels in Nepal, and Khmer Rouge holdouts in Cambodia. (In the category of "small world," we have discovered that her high-school French teacher in Pittsburgh was a member of our congregation, Frank Casorio!) She is a frequent guest host on National Public Radio and writes a column for the Boston Globe. Tim Nickens, Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of the editorial page at the Tampa Bay Times. With columnist Dan Ruth he won the 2013 Pulitzer for a series of editorials urging the return of fluoride to the Pinellas County water supply. Tim is a member of our congregation, a graduate of Indiana University, and a former reporter, political editor, and assistant managing editor/metro for the Times. Adam Goodman, a media campaign consultant who has worked for dozens of Republican candidates across the country, including Jeb Bush and Rudolph Giuliani, through his company, the Victory Group. He is a frequent commentator on Fox News and CNN. He is the first Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Florida Trend magazine named him "one of the most influential Floridians.


Restoring Respect Series begins Tuesday October 17th 

Where Did Respect Go?
Community Conversations Will Take On That Question
Our yearlong community conversation,
"Restoring Respect," opens October 17 with
a panel of three distinguished speakers
starting the discussion of this overall question:

What happened to respecting others
who differ from us?

The participants:
* Dr. Donald R. Eastman III, president of
Eckerd College;

* Eric Deggans, television critic, National
Public Radio;

* Dr. Brendan Goff, assistant professor of
history at New College, Sarasota

The first panel will look at how our nation has become angry, intolerant, and vocal in its lack of respect for others. It will examine how that disrespect is reflected or rejected in popular culture. And it will look back at previous movements that demonized those who were perceived to be the "unwelcome other" — immigrants and members of racial or religious groups.

"This series is open to the wider community so we can all engage in conversations about these important and sensitive topics," Dean Morris said.
"Lack of respect is something we all confront, day in and day out, regardless of whom we voted for in the presidential election, where we are on the political spectrum, where we get our news. This is a time of heat without light, shouting without listening. We want to contribute to a community conversation that helps us get beyond that, listen and learn from each other."

The series will be in Harvard Hall starting
at 7 p.m.