Matters that Matter: A Conversation Series from Hendricks Chapel

“Matters that Matter: A Conversation Series from Hendricks Chapel” is a virtual series hosted by Hendricks Chapel that brings local and national thought leaders together in conversation with Dean Brian Konkol to discuss critical matters facing society. 

Participants have called these conversations "thoughtful and insightful" and hailed them as "great, positive, clear discussions." Learn more about upcoming events, and watch full recordings of past conversations, below! 


Upcoming Conversations

Oct. 8: Justine Hastings and Ryan Golden, President and Vice President of SU's Student Association

All conversations begin at 7 p.m. on Hendricks Chapel's Facebook page and on Zoom. Zoom webinar link is the same for all conversations. Pre-registration is not required, and the conversation is free and available to all.


Past Conversations

Don McPherson '87, All-American quarterback at Syracuse University and a veteran of the National Football and Canadian Football Leagues, discusses his book “The Blind Spot of Masculinity.”


Syeisha Byrd G'02, director of the Office of Engagement Programs, and students Jack Ramza '22, Momina Toseef G'21, Ella Corn '22 and Gretchen Coleman '22 discuss online community service opportunities.


Chris Stedman, acclaimed author and fellow at Augsburg University, discusses his forthcoming book “IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives.”


Bea González, longtime leader at Syracuse University and in the greater Syracuse community, discusses her years of service at Syracuse University and the Syracuse community, recent events, anti-Black racism and violence, and how our community, in partnership with the greater Central New York region, can work together towards a more just society. 


The Rev. Dr. Seretta C. McKnight ’80, founder of the The Black Celestial Choral Ensemble of Syracuse University (BCCE) discusses the living legacy of the BCCE at Syracuse University, and how gospel choirs can serve as change-agents for social justice. 


Rev. Cornell William Brooks of Harvard University, former president and CEO of the NAACP, discusses social change, religious communities and human rights.


Varun Soni, dean of religious life at the University of Southern California and the first Hindu to serve as the chief religious or spiritual leader of an American university, discusses crisis, community-building and living authentically.


The Rev. Charles L. Howard, the University of Pennsylvania’s first-ever vice president for social equity and community, and university chaplain, discusses peace, spiritual guidance in higher ed, and giving grace.


Dean Jonathan Lee Walton of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity speaks with Dean Brian Konkol about social justice and human relationships through a lens of love.


The Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, Chaplain of Brown University, speaks with Dean Brian Konkol on the deeper definition of healthcare, the privilege of working with students, and activism.


Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, Provost of the Washington National Cathedral, speaks with Dean Brian Konkol about philosophies of vocation, preparing sermons and treating others with kindness. 


Adam Lehman, President and CEO of Hillel International, speaks with Dean Brian Konkol about community-building, supporting Jewish students, and following the data and the heart. 


Rev. Luke Powery, Dean of Duke University Chapel, speaks with Dean Brian Konkol about the history of spirituals, preaching at the pulpit, and finding time to love your life. 


Sharon Kugler, Yale University Chaplain, speaks with Dean Brian Konkol about the role of university chaplains and helping students find peace.


Eboo Patel, president and founder of Interfaith Youth Core, speaks with Dean Brian Konkol about vocation, diversity, and taking action even when it's hard.