Free, no reservations, no obligations, and everyone is invited! The Lifelong Learning Monthly Lecture Series aims to bring outstanding speakers to our community. Join us for refreshments at 9:15 AM followed by presentations from exceptional speakers from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Franciscan Center. Alternatively, you may attend online. Links to join a lecture via Zoom will be posted below the title a few days before each lecture.


Open to the Moment

10:00-11:00 AM, Friday, September 16
Meeting ID: 884 7843 7965

What are the benefits of being totally present to the moment, and accepting of what is happening? Too many of us rush through life and we miss the signals that another person may be sending. Joyce Harvey makes a conscious effort to be aware and accepting of those around her, and in her travels perfect strangers have shared their extraordinary stories and experiences with her.  Joyce then created a heartwarming book of travels through different countries and through life.

Joyce Harvey is a motivational and inspirational speaker, trainer, facilitator and writer. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Gold Star Mothers. Joyce is the author of Open to the Moment: 25 Heartwarming Travel Tales; Swan Lessons: A Bereaved Mother’s Story of Courage and Discovery and How Do You Grow a New Heart? She is also a contributing author for the Chicken Soup book series.


Clash of Cultures

10:00 – 11:00 AM, Friday, October 21
Meeting ID: 889 6466 0882

The Northwest Territory, as this area was once known, witnessed the violent clash of two cultures. After the American Revolution, Native Americans and settlers were in conflict over the lands that would become the Midwest of today’s United States. Tensions remained high between them through the War of 1812. The famous Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, along with his brother, The Prophet, fought for the Indian concerns, while the future US president, William Harrison, represented the American settlers. This talk will explore the strategies employed by each to secure the lands for their respective people and how Shawnee spirituality played a role in the events of that day. Details of these three leaders’ tense meetings will be explored and will reveal how they tried to avoid war and why they were pivotal players in our history. Local battles at Fallen Timbers and Fort Meigs saw these two leaders facing off against each other.

Frank Kuron has written two books, Thus Fell Tecumseh and Sketches of Intriguing People, and the Curious Events They Suffered While Living in the Wilderness of the Northwest Territory. A third book with more stories of “intriguing people” is being written. For several years Frank wrote guest history columns for the former Toledo Free Press.


Homelessness in America

10:00 – 11:00 AM, Friday, November 18

Meeting ID: 836 5471 7611

Today, an estimated half-million people in the U.S. have no place to call home. Despite a range of government and private efforts, overall homelessness in the U.S. has improved by only 10% compared with 2007. This serious problem affects every state in the country. Explore the scope, social and geographic disparity, and the leading causes of homelessness, as well as homeless assistance programs.

Jill Bunge is the Vice President of Impact and Outreach of United Way of Greater Toledo and has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 12 years. She has held various positions at both grassroots and national level nonprofits in and out of the Toledo area, and has a particular interest and background in hunger and food security.


Bridging the Gap

10:00 – 11:00 AM, Friday, December 16

Seniors have wisdom and life experience to share that would benefit the younger generation, but there is an art to connecting with today’s youth. Plus, studies show that connecting with the younger generation can help seniors feel a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment. Learn four approaches seniors can use to understand and engage young people more effectively. This presentation is designed to help seniors become more confident and courageous when connecting with the youth in their lives.

Jason A. Dixon, a motivational speaker and Founding CEO of Inspire 2 Reach Higher LLC, specializes in helping seniors speak the language of today’s young people and form healthy and whole relationships