Moon Lectures
Provocative, Progressive & Enlightening

The Bob and Dorrie Moon Lecture Series showcases contemporary insights from dynamic speakers and progressive Christian authors and community leaders.  Purchase online tickets by clicking here.

Bob and Dorrie endowed this forum as a gift and challenge to the Sacramento community to think critically and act ethically on important issues of our time.

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2018 Speakers Line-Up  |  September – December

JOE E. MADISON  |  SEPTEMBER 14 |  7:00pm

Human and Civil Rights Activist,

Groundbreaking Radio Personality
on Sirus XM’s Urban View.

Known as “The Black Eagle.”




APRIL RYAN  |  OCTOBER 12  |  7:00pm

White House Correspondent

Political Analyst on CNN

Board Member White House Correspondents Association

 Member of National Press Club



JIM WALLIS   |  NOVEMBER 2   |  7:00pm

President/Founder of Sojouurners
    a faith-based organization 

Best-selling author

public theologian

national preacher and social activist

international commentator on ethics
      and public life


HOLLY NEAR  |  NOVEMBER 30   |  7:00pm
with Jan Martinelli and Tammy Hall

American Singer Songwriter

Teacher, Actor

and Activist for Social Change




30-year career as Emmy-Winning journalist reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, NPR

First Latina in many newsrooms

Anchor and Executive Producer





2017 Speakers 

Chairman David Archambault, II  |  September 15, 2017  |  7:00pm

Tribal Chairman of Standing Rock Indian Reservation,  Global Leader for Indigenous People’s Rights,  Recently Named a “Leading Global Thinker of 2016” by Foreign Policy Magazine

Read more about Chairman David Archambault, II


Nancy Giles  |  October 13, 2017  |  7:00pm

CBS Sunday Morning contributor, Comedian, Actress and Self-described “Accidental Pundette”

Read more about Nancy Giles 


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II  |  November 3, 2017  |  7:00pm

President of “Repairers of the Breach”, Architect of “Forward Together Moral Movement”, National NAACP Board of Directors, 2015 Recipient of the Puffin and Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Awards

Read more about Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

B. D. Wong  |  December 8, 2017  |  7:00pm

Award-winning actor, Activist, Winner of GLADD Davidson/Valenti Award and Advocate for the “It Gets Better” campaign 

Read more about B. D. Wong


2016 Speakers

Barry Scheck

Attorney, DNA expert and co-founder of the Innocence Project

Read more about Barry Scheck


Clint Smith

Award-winning teachers, acclaimed spoken word poet and featured TED Talks speaker

Read more about Clint Smith 


Eugene Robinson

Pulitzer prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and political analyst for MSNBC

Read more about Eugene Robinson


Laura Nirider

Clinical professor of law and co-director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth at Northwestern University of Law in Chicago and profiled on Netflix Global Series: Making a Murderer

Read more about Laura Nirider


2015 Speakers

Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal

A leading voice and advocate during the community unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Read more about Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal


Taylor Branch

Author of the landmark narrative history of the Civil Rights era, “America in the King Years.”

Read more about Taylor Branch 


Michele Norris

Author of the best-selling memoir, “Grace of Silence”, and NPR Host Special Correspondent.

Read more about Michele Norris


Jessica Jackley

Author of “Clay Water Brick” and co-founder of KIVA, the world’s most successful micro-lending site.

Read more about Jessica Jackley 


Video Archives Compliments of Media Edge

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, recorded November 2017
Standard https://archive.org/details/MediaEdge655
High definition https://archive.org/details/SavingTheHeartAndSoulOfOurDemocracy

David Archambault, recorded September 2017

Eugene Robinson, recorded November 2016

Barry Scheck, recorded September 2016

Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, recorded September 2015

Angela Davis, recorded December 2014

Dr. Joycelyn Elders, recorded September 2014

Rev. Frank Schaefer, recorded May 2014

Chris Hedges, recorded November 2013

Moris Dees, recorded September 2013

Naomi Tutu, recorded March 2012

Rabbi Michael Lerner, recorded February 2012

Amy Goodman, recorded January 2012

Daniel Ellsberg, recorded September 2011

updated 5.24.2018

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