The Discovery series for adults offers weekly presentations, Q&A, and facilitated group discussion on a variety of themes. This year we kick off the series with a discussion between Trinity's the Rev. Winnie Varghese and Dylan Marron.
Responding to the Urgency of Now: A Conversation with Dylan Marron
10am, Sunday, September 27, online
How can we be responsive to the demands of racial justice and work through the difficult conversations about it? How do we balance history and the experience of those whose reality is not the same as those who are in power? How can we have constructive conversations with those whose views differ from ours, even radically?
The Rev. Winnie Varghese speaks with Dylan Marron, activist, comedian, and creator of the Conversations with People Who Hate Me podcast about diverse perspectives in justice.
About Dylan Marron
Dylan Marron is a Webby Award-winning Digital Creator. In 2015 he made the viral series Every Single Word, in which he edited down popular films to only the words spoken by people of color, which was named Tumblr's "Most Viral Blog" of the year.
As a writer & correspondent at Seriously.tv Dylan created, hosted, and produced various satirical videos, Shutting Down Bullsh*t, and his signature Unboxing series, racking up over 100 million views over various platforms. His interview show Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People was nominated for an IFP Gotham Award for Outstanding Short Form Series.
He currently hosts & produces Conversations with People Who Hate Me, a podcast where he gets to know the people behind negative comments on the internet. It was selected as a Podcast Pick by USA Today and The Guardian and named "the timeliest podcast" by FastCompany. The show has been profiled on The Today Show, PBS, and The New York Times, and was the subject of his widely-shared TED Talk.
His forthcoming book Snowflake will be published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster in 2021.
Register for this talk below.
October 4 and 11
Join Discovery online for two informal conversations exploring issues and questions raised in the Rev. Winnie Varghese’s interview with Dylan Marron: How can we have constructive conversations with those whose views differ from ours, even radically? How can we practice really seeing one another, rather than as caricatures of one another? What can really be achieved in a hard conversation? Moderated by Prof. Susan Ward, Discovery Program Committee.
Join Discovery online to view Trinity’s 15-minute documentary video “The Shadow of Slavery,” exploring the legacy of slavery in New York City and the involvement of Trinity Church – for better and for worse, followed by conversation about the church’s changing role in racial justice today. Moderated by Roz Hall of Trinity’s Task Force Against Racism.
Join Discovery online for a guest presentation and conversation about the African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan, site of New York’s earliest known African-American cemetery. It highlights the forgotten history of enslaved Africans in New York City and commemorates the role of African Americans in colonial and federal NYC and US history. Learn about Trinity’s concurrent history relating to burials for freed and enslaved Africans. Moderated by Roz Hall of Trinity’s Task Force Against Racism.
November 1 and 8
Join Discovery online for two presentations from Trinity’s Pastoral Care Department on “Self-Care for Voters.” Self-care is foundational to emotional and spiritual health and, even more so in rough political times. Discuss how self-care can be an expression of faith and form of activism, pre- and post-election; reflect on how your self-care strategies align with your core values.
Join Discovery online for a guest presentation and conversation about Trinity’s historical relationship with its neighbors in “Little Syria,” a diverse community of immigrants from the Eastern Mediterranean inhabiting the area of Washington Street (from Battery Park to above Rector Street) from the 1880s to 1940s.
Join Discovery online for a guest presentation and conversation about Trinity’s historical relationship with Chinese-Americans in Lower Manhattan. It included an education ministry of St. Paul’s Chapel during the early 20th century called "The Chinese Sunday School" and involved student teachers from Columbia University.