Sunday, January 11, 2009

King Day Speaker Rev. Dr. Trinette McCray and a "Quaker-based" Approach to the Environment

Archived Audio Links:

Hour One: Right Relationship author Geoff Garver

Hour Two: Preview of King Day 2009 in Madison

Please scroll down for 2009 show details and archives, including our recent interview about life in the West Bank of Palestine with Sol Kelley-Jones and Nathan Beck.

Please note that our show is moving next Sunday to 2-3pm, still on WTDY Madison 1670, and still streaming and podcasting at

On the Sunday, January 11th Forward Forum:

Left to right, author Geoffrey Garver; King Day keynoter Rev. Dr. Trinette McCray; and King Day Coalition member Mona Adams Winston. (Not pictured: King Day Coalition member Ed Lee)

Building a Whole Earth Economy
King Day Weekend Preview

Please call us at 321-1670 to join in our conversation; US cellular users *123 and outside Madison at 1-877-867-1670 (both numbers toll-free).

7 pm Geoffrey Garver, co-author of "Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy";

For More on Geoff's book

City/County King Day Keynote Speaker, the distinguished Milwaukee civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Tinnette McCray, joined also by King Coalition members Mona Adams Winston and Ed Lee.

Madison/Dane County King Coalition Facebook Page

King Coalition to host inauguration celebration in Madison (TCT)

Urban League of Greater Madison

Background and Highlights of our 7 pm hour:

The failure of existing economic models based in short-term gain and greed is occurring simultaneously with a worldwide consensus that global warming, shrinking enegry resources, and other threats to our world must be addressed on a truly worldwide scale. And yet our efforts to regain economic health could very well lead to shortcuts that ultimately endanger the future of succeeding generations. What new ways are there to meet these immense and often contradictory challenges?

Geoffrey Garver, is co-author with Peter Brown, of "Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy."
This new book outlines a bold new model for a just and flourishing earth
• Analyzes why so many well-meaning reform efforts fall short
• Explains what everyone can do to make this new model a reality

As the book's authors state, "Our current economic system—which assumes endless growth and limitless potential wealth—flies in the face of the fact that the earth’s resources are finite. The result is increasing destruction of the natural world and growing, sometimes lethal, tension between rich and poor, global north and south. Trying to fix problems piecemeal is not the solution. We need a comprehensive new vision of an economy that can serve people and all of life’s commonwealth."

Peter G. Brown and Geoffrey Garver use the core Quaker principle of “right relationship”—interacting in a way that is respectful to all and that aids the common good—as the foundation for a new economic model. Right Relationship poses five basic questions: What is an economy for? How does it work? How big is too big? What’s fair? And how can it best be governed? Brown and Garver expose the antiquated, shortsighted, and downright dangerous assumptions that underlie our current answers to these questions, as well as the shortcomings of many current reform efforts.

Background and Highlights of our 8 pm hour:

Madison/Dane County and Wisconsin have a long history of providing meaningful gatherings for their citizen's on Dr. Martin Luther King Day (this year on Monday, Jan. 19th), with a state program at the Capitol over the noon hour, and a city/county celebration at the Overture Center beginning at 6pm. This year is no exception--and this year we also celebrate the added dimension of the pending inauguration of the nation's first African-American president.

We're honored to be interviewing this year's keynote speaker for the evening event, the Rev. Dr. Trinette V. McCray, the executive director of the Milwaukee-based "Center for Calling and Engagement," which includes programming that furthers partnerships in Milwaukee’s social justice and urban transformation efforts through churches and faith based organizations. We'll also be joined by King Coalition members Mona Adams Winston and Ed Lee, who will provide us with an overview of the full weekend's events.

Ordained in 1981 by the late civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Ralph D. Abernathy, the Milwaukee-based Rev. Dr. McCray has over 25 years experience in local and national ministry and holds the distinction of being the first clergywoman to be elected president of the American Baptist Churches, USA. An advocate for those targeted by systemic poverty and domestic violence, Rev. McCray currently serves as president of the Housing Ministries of American Baptists in Wisconsin, as a board member of Sojourner Truth House, and as a county appointed official on the Milwaukee County Ethics Board. As an instructor in Urban Ministry at Cardinal Stritch University, McCray is the executive director of the Center for Calling and Engagement which includes programming that furthers partnerships in Milwaukee’s social justice and urban transformation efforts through churches and faith based organizations.


Special Note for This Week:

Forward Forum host John Quinlan began his duties this month as 2009 president of the United Nations Association-USA Dane County. Please join him and other UNA leaders this Tuesday, Jan. 13th when our guest speaker will be Mike Boehm, speaking on the topic "Hope Rises from the Ashes of My Lai"

Mike was the 2008 recipient of the UNA-USA/Dane's first ever Global Citizen Award.

Many of you will recall Mike's moving and memorable appearance on Forward Forum back in October. On Tuesday, night, Mike, a Vietnam vet will describe the transformation that occurred when he journeyed back to Vietnam 15 years ago, stopping in the village of My Lai, known for the infamous massacre of innocent civilians that occurred there. Mike has been a leader in transforming the horror of that experience into business support development for the women of My Lai, a peace park, and countless other world community-building projects.

The program starts at 7:15 pm in the main auditorium at Capitol Lakes Retirement Center, 333 W. Main Street. Free parking in the ramp across the street.

For more info, visit the website of the United Nations Association USA-Dane County.

And remember: Next week, join co-host Stephanie Woods and me at our new time: Sundays from 2-3pm, for a special preview of the Obama inaugural, featuring live reports from our correspondents in Washington and your calls.