The Pipes Lecture Series will have its Finale on Saturday, May 7 at 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary with memorials to three pillars of the lecture series committee, Leonard Adler, Rev. Ernie Pipes, and Marguerite Spears, pictured above. All three died last year within six months of one another. The committee felt it a fitting time to put on this final event.
Entertainment will be provided by accomplished gospel singer Linda Alvarez; her Mahalia Jackson Tribute Show accompanist, Severn Behnen, who is also Music Director at the UU Palos Verdes church; and William Bryant, Santa Monica College’s Emeritus Gospel Music Choir Director. Bryant’s early career involved working with Motown artists.
We plan to record these events for the church’s record and for those who may not be able to attend. Light refreshments will follow in Forbes Hall.
— Diana Spears and Patrick McGuire
About the Pipes Distinguished Lecture Series
The Pipes Lecture Fund was established in 1991 to honor Rev. Ernest D. Pipes upon his retirement after 35 years in the Santa Monica pulpit. The founding members of the committee (Leonard and Elizabeth Adler, Ray and Betty Goodman, Patrick McGuire, and Marguerite Spears) collected monies for an annual free Pipes Distinguished Lecture Series of renowned guest speakers. The series continued yearly since 1991 with one interruption in 2018. There were no events in 2020 or 2021.
The series began with William Schultz, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and has included luminaries such as Ramona Ripston, Patt Morrison, Arianna Huffington, Michael Dukakis, George Takei, Father Gregory Boyle, and Reza Aslan. It resumed in 2019 with an organ recital — something Ernie had always desired because our organ was handpicked in Italy by the Goodmans to complement the acoustics of our Sanctuary. The committee was also able to provide money to repair our ailing organ.
Previous Speakers in the Ernest D. Pipes Distinguished Lecture Series
|1st||1991||William Schulz, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association||“Religion in The 21st Century”|
|2nd||1993||Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD, Expert on Community Violence||“Adolescent Violence and Its Impact On The Community”|
|3rd||1994||Rev. Peter Kreitler, Episcopal Minister, Historian/Educator||“The Environment and the Church”|
|4th||1995||Ramona Ripston, Executive Director of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California||“Equal Justice Under The Law”|
|5th||1996||Patt Morrison, LA Times and KCET Journalist and Commentator||“Bumper Sticker Politics and Hair Spray News”|
|6th||1997||Rep. Anthony Beilinson, Former Member of US Congress||“Politics: Past and Future Perspectives”|
|7th||1998||John B. Anderson, Former Member of US Congress; 1980 Candidate for US President||“Why a Livable World Requires a Restructured and Empowered United Nations”|
|8th||1999||Kennard Lipman, PhD, University of Judaism||“The Dancing Cosmos: What I Learned About God from Buddhism”|
|9th||2000||Robert Sheer, LA Times Journalist and Commentator||“Sex, Politics, and Sheer in the 21st Century”|
|10th||2001||Margo Reeg, League of Women Voters of California||“Make Every Vote Count”|
|11th||2002||Charles Haskell, MD, Chief Ethics Officer, US Department of Veterans Affairs||“Health Care Ethics”|
|12th||2003||Arianna Huffington, Chief Editor of Huffington Post||“How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America”|
|13th||2004||Erwin Chemerinsky, USC School of Law||“Civil Liberties and the War on Terrorism”|
|14th||2005||Tom Plate, UCLA School of Public Policy||“America and China, Odd Couple or Fatal Attraction?”|
|15th||2006||Michael Dukakis, Former Governor of Massachusetts; 1988 candidate for US President||“The Health Care Crisis, 45 Million and Counting”|
|16th||2007||Dr. Gary Small, UCLA Center on Aging||“Strategies for Living Better Longer”|
|17th||2008||Mike Farrell, Actor/Activist||“Where Do We Go From Here?”|
|18th||2009||Tim Rutten, LA Times Journalist and Commentator||“Does News Have a Future?”|
|19th||2010||George Takei, Actor/Activist||“Embracing Change”|
|20th||2011||Father Gregory Boyle, Executive Director of Homeboy Industries and Anti-Gang Activist||“The Power of Boundless Compassion”|
|21st||2012||Reza Aslan, PhD in Religions, Author or No god but God, and founder of AsianMedia.com||“Islam in the 21st Century”|
|22nd||2013||Steven D. Goodman, PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco||“Opening the Heart of Compassion: Buddhist Reflections”|
|23nd||2014||Sandy Banks, LA Times Journalist and Commentator||“Foster Care: Behind the Headlines – The Pain and Promise of Broken Families”|
|24th||2015||James Dusenberry from Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project||“Climate Change! Global Warming! CO2 Emissions!”|
|25th||2016||Rev. Dr. William Schulz, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, President and CEO of the UU Service Committee||“Seeing the Garden, Not Just the Wall”|
|26th||2017||Rev. Judith Meyer, UUSM Minister Emerita||“Falling Out: Alienation and Community in Divisive Times.”|
|27th||2019||Organist Jeffrey Parola||Organ Recital|