Second Sundays

Conversations That Drive Action

Second Sundays at Round Hill are interactive, interview-style forums designed to encourage lively conversations at the crossroads of faith and culture. Our guests have been chosen for their demonstrated ability to stimulate thought and inspire us to act for the common good. A reception follows with an opportunity to continue the discussion with the guests. Second Sundays of each month at 4:00 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 10, Mark Miller

Mark Miller, composer, believes passionately that music can change the world. He also believes in Cornell West’s quote that “Justice is what love looks like in public.” His dream is that the music he composes, performs, teaches and leads will inspire and empower people to create the beloved community. This afternoon of song, poetry, and reflection will focus on creating just that.

OCTOBER 8, David Rabin

The Greenwich United Way, under the leadershiof CEO David Rabin, has just completed its most recent comprehensive assessment of human service needs for Greenwich. Together, we will learn what this important local organization discovered through its research and how we can all be a force for good in our community.

NOVEMBER 12, Kathrine Switzer

   

Iconic athlete, sports and social advocate, author, and Emmy award-winning television commentator, Kathrine Switzer will share her experiences at Round Hill as part of the “Faith & Culture series. Switzer was the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon, and she was inducted into the USA National Women’s Hall of Fame for creating positive social change. Kathrine Switzer is relentless in her efforts to empower millions of women beyond the finish line, and has recently created the non-profit “261 Fearless, Inc.” In 2017, 50 years after she first challenged the rules, she ran the Boston Marathon again. As she broke yet another barrier during her lifetime she also celebrated 50 years of women’s athletics and social achievement.

DECEMBER 10, Craig Hatkoff

     

Co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute, Craig Hatkoff has authored, with his young daughters, multiple best-selling children’s books, which react to world events. Among them is Cecil’s Pride, which is “a tale of resilience and responsibility—a triumph out of tragedy. Discover Cecil's struggle as a young lion to survive, his rise to power, and his extraordinary alliance with Jericho, his former arch-rival. Cecil is gone, but his legacy lives on. The world knows the story of how Cecil died. This is the story of how he lived.”

JANUARY 14, Izabela O'Brien

    

The Fearless Angel Project was established by Izabela O’Brien (Mrs. Connecticut America 2015 and 2017) in honor of her oldest daughter, Alina O’Brien. Alina was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (“PDD-NOS”) in 2007. The disorder requires therapy, special schooling, and support. O’Brien and her husband have had to work tirelessly to make sure their daughter gets what she needs. They created the foundation to help other parents who do not have access to the same resources as they do.Action” program series. We invite you to join us for this exciting conversation. Book signing and reception to follow. 

FEBRUARY 11, Valerie Tutson

    

A storyteller who delights listeners, Valerie Tutson draws her stories from around the world with an emphasis on African traditions. Her repertoire includes stories and songs she learned in her travels to South Africa, her experiences in West Africa, and stories from African American history. In addition, she is gaining a reputation for her exciting retelling of age-old Bible stories. “Valerie Tutson’s tales take the audience on a voyage. She’s refreshing . . . enthusiastic . . . and intriguing. The audience (young and old) absolutely loved her!”  – Barbara Nauman, Waterfront Festival, Providence, RI    

MARCH 11, Ed Horstmann

  

Art and faith are great conversation partners. What can we learn when we listen in on what they have to say? Ed Horstmann will talk about how his practice of art nourishes his understanding of faith, and how his relationship with God finds expression through his use of pastels.

APRIL 8, Sally Bliumis-Dunn

Poet Sally Bliumis-Dunn teaches Modern Poetry and Creative Writing at Manhattanville College. Her poems have appeared in From the Fishouse, the New York Times, Nimrod, the Paris Review, PBS NewsHour, Plume, Poetry London, RATTLE, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, Verse Daily, and Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.