A contagious ecumenical passion and ceaseless desire to bring individuals together in spite of their differences has guided Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin during her 18 years as Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Churches. In a recent effort to increase empathy within the local community, Chemberlin helped MCC launch the Respectful Conversations Project; leading thought- provoking conversations on the values guiding an individual’s decision-making on some of the communities’ toughest issues from same-sex marriage to the role of guns. Chemberlin is the Immediate Past President of the National Council of Churches of Christ-USA and was appointed to President Obama’s first Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. She is the recipient of many awards including the Bridge Builder award from the Islamic Resource Group and the Governor’s Award for Women of Distinction.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)