Monday, May 4th, 2020


9:30 am – 12:30 pm



Portrait of Ray Suarez, John J. McCloy '16 Visiting Professor of American Studies. Photo by Maria Stenzel.


The 2020 Conference will be a 1/2 day virtual conference scheduled for May 4th. See below for information on our speaker Ray Suarez. Registration  information was provided to clergy via email.


9:30   Opening Prayer and Announcements (Bishop Gutierrez)

9:45   Ray Suarez:  The Episcopal Church and the Next America 

10:15 Q & A with Ray Suarez

10:30 Break

10:40 Ray Suarez:  The Man Problem at Church

11:10 Q & A with Ray Suarez

11:25 Break

11:30 Ray Suarez: A Secular America and the Episcopal Church, Fighting for Market Share of a Shrinking Pie

12:00 Q & A with Ray

12:15 Bishop’s Remarks & Closing Prayer

End by 12:30

Please contact  Benjamin Gildas (, or Jill LaRoche Wikel ( if you have any questions.


Speaker Ray Suarez

The Clergy Conference will feature veteran writer Ray Suarez. Suarez, a prominent journalist, author and lifelong Episcopalian, will speak to the shifting demographics and the Episcopal Church.

The New York Times called Suarez the “thinking man’s talk show host,” and “a national resource.” Suarez spent 14 years as a correspondent and anchor at public television’s nightly newscast, The PBS NewsHour where he rose to become chief national correspondent. During his years at The NewsHour, Suarez covered the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, four presidential elections, among hundreds of other stories. In 2004, and again in 2008, Suarez moderated presidential candidates debates broadcast on PBS and HDnet. Before PBS NewsHour, Suarez was the Washington-based host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation for six-and-a-half years. Suarez is also the author of "The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration 1966-1999;"" The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America;" and a companion volume to the documentary series for PBS, "Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation."