Speakers sharing a common interest in the connections between religion, race and justice – one, a pastor who founded a vibrant congregation in San Francisco; the other, a powerful voice on faith and spirituality – will deliver baccalaureate remarks at Stanford in June.
The Reverend Dr. Yvette A. Flunder, pastor of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ, will speak at the service for 2020 graduates, and Simran Jeet Singh, professor, author and lawyer, will address 2022 graduates.
the Baccalaureate the celebrations – multi-faith gatherings for graduates and their families and friends – will take place on Friday, June 10 at the Frost Amphitheater, part of Stanford’s 131st launch weekend. Stanford also invited 2021 graduates, some of whom were unable to be on campus for their commencement, to participate in ceremonies with the 2020 graduates.
“We are honored and thrilled to hear from Bishop Yvette Flunder and Simran Jeet Singh, two powerful leaders who have long worked at the intersections of faith and justice,” said Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert, Dean for Religious Life. and spiritual. “Drawing from their diverse traditions of wisdom and life experiences, they will inspire and ground our new and recent graduates as they travel far beyond campus, working on behalf of all humanity to create a better world. , more just and peaceful.”
Bishop Yvette A.FlunderThe work of for “the most marginalized in church and in society” led to the founding of City of Refuge Church. She was consecrated presiding bishop of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a multi-denominational coalition of more than 100 primarily African-American Christian and lay leaders, in 2003.
flunder is an award-winning gospel music artist and author of Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology of Homiletic and Radical Inclusion.
She is a graduate of the Ministry Certificate and Masters programs from the Pacific School of Religion and received her DMin from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She serves on the board of the DEMOS think tank, is a senior scholar at Auburn Theological Seminary and Andover Newton Seminary, and has served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at numerous seminaries and universities.
“I am deeply grateful to have been chosen to share as a speaker for Stanford’s bachelor’s degree,” Flunder said. “In this often difficult time, I am particularly aware of the importance of uniting our hopes, our skills and our collective intention to work together for a better world.”
Simran Jeet Singh was included on WEATHER magazines Fighting for a more equal Americaa list because of its commitment to “equity for all faiths”. He is Executive Director of the Religion & Society Program at the Aspen Institute, Visiting Professor of History and Religion at Union Theological Seminary, and Soros Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundations.
Singh is a columnist for Religious News Service and his comment also appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Light We Give: The Power of Sikh Wisdom to Transform Your Life.
He holds an MA, MPhil and PhD from Columbia University, an MTS from Harvard University and a BA from Trinity University.
“This invitation is especially meaningful at a time when our lives are difficult and the world is uncertain,” Singh said. “Our wisdom traditions offer answers to some of the world’s most pressing questions, and I look forward to sharing some of what I’ve learned about how we might access the joy and compassion that everyone of us research.”
Stanford Bachelor services will be held at 10 a.m. for the class of 2022 and 4 p.m. for the class of 2020, as well as attendees of the class of 2021, on Friday, June 10, at the Frost Amphitheater. The following day, France A. Córdova, astrophysicist and leader in higher education and government, will speak at the 2020 launch event, and Reed Hastings, co-founder and co-CEO of Netflix, will speak at the 2022 Launch Ceremony on Sunday, June 12. More details are available on the Launch Weekend Website.