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The Westminster Town Hall Forum engages the public in reflection and dialogue on the key issues of our day from an ethical perspective. Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox addressed the first forum thirty years ago, and since then, more than 200 distinguished speakers have explored issues in politics, public policy, journalism, arts, literature, religion, education, business, and more. Forums are held at noon on select Thursdays from September to May at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis.


In 1980, a group of visionary church members, including Diane and Paul Niemann and the Rev. Donald M. Meisel, recognized a need in the greater community for an expanded understanding of the complex issues confronting our society and world. They developed the concept of a free, noontime forum where leading thinkers, authors, innovators, and activists could provide ethical reflection on pressing contemporary issues.

A guiding theme for the Forum was established — voices of conscience: key issues in ethical perspective. To ensure that the Forum included a broad range of ideas and opinions, the founders determined that forums would be nonpartisan, nonsectarian, and free and open to the public. Those basis tenets remain essential components of the Forum today.


More than 200 speakers have addressed the Forum during those 28 years, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Shirley Chisholm, Arthur Schlesinger, Ellen Goodman, Cornel West, Thomas Friedman, Robert Coles, Walter Mondale, Marian Wright Edelman, Edward Albee, Elaine Pagels, Salman Rushdie, and David Brooks.

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Forums are held from noon to 1:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nicollet Mall and 12th Street, in downtown Minneapolis. Each forum is preceded by music at 11:30 am. A public reception and small group discussion follow the forum from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Town Hall Forums are broadcast on the News and Information stations of Minnesota Public Radio.

We welcome your financial support in our efforts to keep this forum free and open to the public.

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