Category Archives: Sermon Podcast

May 14, 2015

Moral Courage #4: Standing Up to Racism

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Recorded on May 3 – Dr. Matthew Whitaker (Guest Speaker)
Dr. Whitaker is Foundation Professor of History and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, winner of the 2014 Arizona Diversity Leadership Alliance Inclusive Workplace Award. He earned a BA in sociology and a BA in history at Arizona State University, where he also completed an MA in United States history. Whitaker earned a PhD in history, with honors, at Michigan State University. He specializes in U.S. history, African American history and life, civil rights, race relations, social movements and social movements. Whitaker is the editor of three books, including Hurricane Katrina: America’s Unnatural Disaster, and he is the author of Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West. His new book is Peace Be Still: Modern Black America from World War II to Barack Obama winner of Tufts University’s Center for the study of Race and Democracy’s Bayard Rustin Book Award. He has also authored a number of award- winning journal articles, numerous encyclopedia essays, and over 20 opinion pieces. Whitaker has won over 30 awards for his research, teaching, and service, and has given motivational speeches and lectured in nations throughout the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Ghana, Ireland and Liberia. His commentaries have been featured on CNN, NPR, PBS, WVON, KEMET, and other media outlets.

May 14, 2015

Moral Courage #3: Standing Up For Education

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Recorded on April 26, 2015 @ 10:00am

Guest Speaker Stephanie Parra – Stephanie is the Board Member for Phoenix Union High School District’s Governing Board in Ward 3. Stephanie is an educator committed to improving public schools in Arizona. A first generation American citizen, Stephanie was born and raised in Yuma, AZ and is a product of Arizona public schools. She is passionate about ensuring every student in Arizona receives an excellent education and is adequately prepared to succeed in college, career and life. As one of the first in her family to attend college, Stephanie understands the power of a great education. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Master of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University. Stephanie is currently the Executive Director for the T.W. Lewis Foundation overseeing the Foundation’s annual giving budget with a focus on education, children and families.

April 20, 2015

Moral Courage #2: Developing a Courageous Heart


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Recorded on April 19, 2015 @ 10:00 am guest speaker Dale Fredrickson.

Dale lives in Denver, CO and is currently the Associate Pastor at St. Andrew United Methodist Church and pastor of The Wildflower Gathering, an innovative worship gathering created around art and story. Dale’s calling is to use words in ways that invite people into the awe-inspiring adventure of discipleship. Words chosen carefully and delivered effectively, words painting pictures of hope and of the wonders of a world wowed with love—God’s love. Words that encourage, edify, educate, and empower people to become all that God has created them to be. Explore Dale’s work and original poetry at dalefredrickson.com.


In keeping with our series on moral courage, Adam Smith blessed City Square with his hauntingly beautiful tenor voice and acoustic guitar as he sang about courage in finding himself. For more information about his music, visit adamsmithmusicart.com. His latest album, So Simple Now, is an all-acoustic autobiographical exploration of his life and is certainly worth checking out.

April 12, 2015

Moral Courage #1: Standing Up When Others Want You to Sit Down

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Recorded on April 12, 2015 – Rev. Brian Kemp-Schlemmer

What Does it mean to stand up for what you believe in? To stand up for God’s call for justice, mercy, forgiveness, and compassion when it’s not the popular thing to do? “Moral courage” is a concept found throughout the Bible and the teachings of Jesus and calls us to a risky form of love and action to do what is right.