FEBRUARY 15 — 7:00 PM
Performance followed by panel discussion at the Elaine and Zollie Frank Theater, Mayer Kaplan JCC, Skokie, IL
FEBRUARY 16 — 2:30 PM
Performance and post-show discussion with member of the cast
Senior Minister, First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn
Lillian Daniel is a pastor, teacher, writer, and speaker whose honesty and wit have taken her from the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. to the Festival of Homiletics in Denmark. Wherever she goes, Lillian brings a deep understanding of scripture and how it can be practically applied to everyday life.
Equally as comfortable in convention centers, classrooms, and lecture halls as in church pulpits, Lillian has spoken at Duke Chapel, Princeton Seminary King’s College London, and Queen’s University Ontario. She has taught preaching Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and at her alma mater, Yale Divinity School, where she received the 2010 distinguished alumni award for “Distinction in Congregational Ministry.”
Her most recent book, When Spiritual But Religious Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church (Jericho, 2014), makes a provocative case for why religious community matters. Featured in the New York Times and by PBS, it has been described as biting, hilarious, pitch perfect, tender, and often stunningly beautiful.
As an editor at large for The Christian Century Magazine, and a contributing editor at Leadership Journal, Lillian’s words and work can be found in The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, Books and Culture, The Journal for Preachers, as well as in the United Church of Christ’s daily email devotionals that boast over 20,000 subscribers.
Lillian is a resident of the Chicago area and has served as the senior minister of the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois since 2004.
Rabbi Evan Moffic
Rabbi, Congregation Solel
Evan Moffic is the Rabbi of Congregation Solel in Highland Park, IL, a community of 500 families on the North Shore of Chicago. He graduated from Stanford University in 2000 and was ordained by Hebrew Union College in 2006. He appears regularly on CNN and Fox News and writes for the Huffington Post, Beliefnet and his blog at www.rabbi.me. His first book, Words of Wisdom: From the Torah to Today, is a spiritual introduction to Judaism. His second book, What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover, makes Passover come alive today for people of all faiths.
Fr. Michael Sparough
Founder of Charis Ministries
Fr Michael Sparough, SJ is a spiritual director, retreat master, writer and storyteller on the staff at the Bellarmine Retreat House in Barrington, Illinois. He taught for twelve years at the Loyola University Institute of Pastoral Studies training Spiritual Directors.
He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama and a Doctor of Ministry from St Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.
He was the founder and former artistic director of the Fountain Square Fools, a religious performing arts troupe that was based in Cincinnati from 1975– 93.
He is also the founder of Charis Ministries, the Chicago Jesuit outreach to young adults in their twenties and thirties. Started in 2000, Charis has grown to be the premiere young adult organization for retreats in the Ignatian tradition for young adults. Presently Charis has affiliates in over twenty cities across the US.
A prolific writer and speaker, Fr Michal has published extensively on prayer and the sacraments with Loyola Press, Paulist Press, Franciscan Communications, Paulist Press, Liturgical Training Publications, and Heart to Heart.
His latest book What’s Your Decision? is published by Loyola Press and co-authored with Fr. Tim Hipskind, SJ and Jim Manney. His most recent work is My brother, Joe, a dramatization of the life of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and his handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal.
Danielle Dwyer, C.J.
Artistic Director, Elements Theatre Company
A founding member of Elements Theatre Company, Sr. Danielle Dwyer has either directed or performed in nearly seventy productions since the company’s inception. Classically trained but also skilled in contemporary drama, Sr. Danielle earned her Master of Arts Degree from England’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of London. She also studied voice, acting, and writing with Joanna Weir at Central School of Speech and Drama (London, England); David Male of Cambridge University (Cambridge, England); and Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA); and studied Shakespeare at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City. Sr. Danielle’s directorial experience ranges from the timeless humanity of Shakespeare (Julius Caesar) and Chekhov (The Cherry Orchard) to the biting comedy of Oscar Wilde (Lady Windermere’s Fan) and Yasmina Reza (God of Carnage). The Barnstable Patriot recently noted,
“Under the able-handed direction of Sr. Danielle Dwyer this Julius Caesar soars with sight and sound. Dwyer is able to combine the intimacy of the columned setting, the sound of the slap of the sandals on the stone floor, the dance of burning torches, the rich acting and the beautifully composed music…into not just a play for the audience to view but more like the transport of actually being there.”
As an actress, Sr. Danielle has received comparable critical acclaim. Recent roles include Julius Caesar, Calpurnia; God of Carnage, Annette Raleigh; Pillars of the Community, Lona Hessel; Twelfth Night, Malvolio; The Cherry Orchard, Ranevskaya; Lady Windermere’s Fan, Mrs. Erlynne; The Lion in Winter, Eleanor; Doctor Faustus, Mephistopheles; Richard III, Queen Elizabeth; Everyman, Everyman; and Lettice and Lovage, Lettice Douffet. Sr. Danielle is also the author of several performance pieces, including short stories and plays, video scripts, poetic monologues, and narratives for worship and meditation.
Host of The Afternoon Shift, WBEZ
Niala Boodhoo hosts the Afternoon Shift on WBEZ, which airs from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Niala joined WBEZ in 2010 as the Chicago reporter for Changing Gears, a multi- station project that helped document the economic transformation of the industrial Midwest. In 2012, she became the station’s business reporter. Her stories have also aired on Marketplace, NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition Saturday.
Prior to joining WBEZ, Niala was a reporter with The Miami Herald, where she covered the local economy and did multimedia work in radio, video and online. She has been a business reporter since 2000 for Reuters, in London and Washington; the Associated Press in Miami and The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Niala is a graduate of Calvin College. She also has a M.S.J. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a M.A. from Florida International University in Latin American and Caribbean studies.
She’s also the Asian American Journalists Association’s National Vice-President for Broadcast.