Chautauqua Program

Made Possible
with Support from the
Following Program Partners:

Antioch Baptist Church

Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland State University

The Office of the Vice President for Institutional Diversity

The Black Studies Program

The Initiative for the Study of Religion and Spirituality
in the
History of Africa and the Diaspora (RASHAD)

Sankofa Fine Art Plus
Trinity Cathedral

Cleveland Public Library logo



Cleveland Chautauqua
Interfaith Education Week
August 15 – 21, 2010

Welcome to Cleveland Chautauqua!
As our committee finalized plans for this program, public debates about who could be ordained or married continued unabated in various faith communities, members of the Roman Catholic community prepared for the annual Feast of the Assumption, and those in the Islamic community began their observance of the holy month of Ramadan. For these and so many other reasons, this seemed to be an ideal time to consider the role of religion in shaping the American experience, and I am really glad that representatives from our partner organizations for this inaugural series were willing to dream and plan with me here on the shores of Lake Erie.

The programs for Cleveland Chautauqua’s Interfaith Education Week build upon the successes of several Cleveland State University community outreach initiatives—including the spring and fall 2009 Religious History and Sacred Music Institutes—by facilitating collaborative work among individuals in the education, religious, business, and arts communities. Like the programs of the Chautauqua Institution in New York, Cleveland Chautauqua will include lectures, panel discussions, fine and performing arts activities, and inter-religious dialogue.

We are taking great care to document our efforts. We have already launched a program blog at, and our presenters will have the opportunity to publish their edited
remarks in a peer-reviewed online publication, The Cleveland Chautauqua Review.

Cleveland Chautauqua has the potential to build bridges of understanding and cooperation that will span the area from the downtown business and education communities to the residential and faith communities across Greater Cleveland. While the Ohio Humanities Council’s Ohio Chautauqua keeps the spirit of the Chautauqua Movement alive throughout the state, there is, to my knowledge, no other Greater Cleveland festival or lecture series in the late summer that engages the talents of sacred and secular artists, scholars, educators, and religious, civic, and business leaders while facilitating inter-religious dialogue.

In light of the above, we are planning to make Cleveland Chautauqua an annual event, and committee members are already talking about “next steps” for 2011. The list of possible program ideas for next year includes “Watching God and Reading Hurston: Zora Neale Hurston and the Study of Religion in the African Diaspora,” “The Power of Music, The Universal Language,” “Building Bridges Through the Arts,” and “Blues and Jazz, History and Music.” Some committee members are even planning to travel with me to New York’s Chautauqua Institution this week, so that we can enjoy the scenery in another lakefront community, and get more ideas for enhancing our local program. Of course, we also need to hear from you. Please complete our audience survey, share your thoughts on our blog, and join us in celebrating Great Ideas, Great Art, and a Great Lake!

Dr. Regennia N. Williams
Cleveland State University

Religion in America:

The Gender Dimension

Sunday, August 15, 2010 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Antioch Baptist Church

8869 Cedar Road, Cleveland 44106



Gabriel’s Horns, Instrumental Musical Arts

Women of Season, Literary & Dramatic Arts

Opening Remarks

Sr. Kathleen Ryan, SND
Commission on Catholic Community Action

Keynote Speaker

Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, PhD
Pastor, Antioch Baptist Church

The Rev. Dr. Valentino Lassiter, Moderator

Religion in America:

The Gender Dimension

Thursday, August 19, 2010 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Lake Shore Facility, Cleveland Public Library

17109 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleveland 44110

Arts Organizations

Sankofa Fine Art Plus, Visual Arts & Ethnic Art Exhibit

The Heritage Chorale & Friends, Vocal Musical Arts

Panel Guests

Ms. Suna Aziz, Community Outreach Coordinator
The Islamic Center of Cleveland

Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe, Senior Minister
Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights, UCC

Rabbi Susan Stone, Adjunct Professor Cleveland State University

Janice Ridgeway-Moderator

Cleveland Chautauqua Planning Committee

Dr. Shirley Seaton, John Carroll University

Ms. Suna Aziz, Cleveland Islamic Center

Ms. Janice Ridgeway, Independent Bibliophile

Ms. Chrystal Carr-Jeter, Cleveland Public Library

Ms. Geraldine Hardin-Washington, Women of Season

Rev. Dr. Valentino Lassiter, John Carroll University

Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, Antioch Baptist Church

Mr. Bob Render, Cleveland Public Library

Ms. Beverly J. Brown, Rainey Institute

Mrs. June Sallee Antoine, Arts Education Consultant

Mr. Ismail Douglass, Performing Artist

Cleveland Public Library's Memorial-Nottingham BranchCleveland Public Library’s Memorial-Nottingham Branch
(shown above) is located next to the library’s Lake Shore
Facility on Lakeshore Boulevard.


Dr. Reginnia N. Williams

Dr. Regennia N. Williams
Cleveland State University

Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor of History and Founder and Director of the Initiative for the Study of Religion and Spirituality in the History of Africa and the
Diaspora (RASHAD) and Praying Grounds: African American Faith Communities, A Documentary and Oral History. After teaching and conducting research as a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria during the spring semester of 2010, Dr. Williams worked with the planning committee to finalize plans for this very special 2010 Cleveland Chautauqua.

Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle
Senior Pastor

Antioch Baptist Church

Dr. McMickle has been serving the church of Jesus Christ as a pastor, professor and widely published author for more than 30 years. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1948. Marvin McMickle is a 1970 graduate of Aurora University in Illinois, with a B.A. in Philosophy. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1973 and completed two additional years of graduate study at Columbia University in New York. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1983; and the Ph.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1998. Dr. McMickle has been married to Peggy Lorraine  Noble since 1975 and they have one son, Aaron, who is a middle school teacher in New York City.


Ms. Suna Aziz



Ms. Suna Aziz
Islamic Center of Cleveland
Ms. Aziz is the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Islamic Center of Cleveland. Over the past eight years she has studied with three Imams. Ms. Aziz has performed Islamic cultural diversity training and often lectures at colleges and universities. She serves on various faith committees.

Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe

Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe
Senior Minister
Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights

Dr. Monroe attended Yale Divinity School, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1995. She received her Doctorate of Ministry in preaching from the Chicago Theological Seminary in 2007. Dr. Monroe is the wife of  Dr. Neil Mueller and mother to Walter, Clara, and Ren. In addition to serving as Plymouth’s Senior Minister, Dr. Monroe serves on the boards of the Louisville Institute and the  Deaconess Community Foundation. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion and has taught courses in preaching,  contemporary culture, theology, and grant writing for non-profit organizations.


Rabbi Susan StoneRabbi Susan Stone
Cleveland State University

Rabbi Susan Stone has worked in the rabbinate in a variety of positions and has extensive experience in managing non-profits and governmental consulting. Nationally, Rabbi Stone has worked on issues of gender and sexual orientation equality. When Rabbi Stone came to Cleveland in the 1980s, she was the city’s first female rabbi. She teaches a course on “Religion and Spirituality in the Workplace” in the College of Business at Cleveland State University.

Sankofa Fine Art Plus develops and advocates for ethnic artists and
presents ethnic art as a credible and meaningful art form through
community education and collaboration.

It is our purpose to contribute to the art and culture of the African
American community and other ethnic groups through a climate that will recognize diversity ill ethnic art and its artistic expressions.

Louise Gissendaner, Founder
Donna Flynt, President
Raland Hatchett, Interim Executive Director

The Heritage Chorale
Honors the Legacy of Negro Spirituals at Home and Abroad.

The Heritage ChoraleWomen of Season
Gabriel’s Horns
P.O. Box 20618, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120

James T. May, Jr., Music Director/President
Ron Davis, Vice President
Beverly Brown, Secretary
Yolanda Edmiston, Treasurer
George Ellis, Librarian

Tom Lempner and Theresa May, Webmasters
Jeffrey Ivey, Marge & Bob Blaha, James T. May, Jr, Tech.Sgt.
James May, III, André Saint Cyr, Kevin Mauldin, Photographers
James May, Lori Margenin, Marge & Bob Blaha, Newsletter

PowerPoint Presentation

June Sallee Antoine
© July 2010