Serving the City


Serving the City 2020

Formerly known as Hope for the City

Celebrating 200 Years of “Loving Christ, Serving City: Spiritually, Socially and Culturally”

Presented by OSC, this BiCentennial presentation series offers engaging discussions by community leaders from University Hospitals and the Greater Cleveland YMCA.

This program is made possible through donations. While admission is free, please consider making a $20 donation at the event or by using the donate link below. For information on sponsorships, please call our front office at (216) 241-6145.

See below for more information about upcoming “Serving the City” events. 

In our 200th year, we are looking back on Old Stone’s history and relationship with the city of Cleveland. Join us for “Serving the City” 2020 to discover how Old Stone is connected to anchor institutions in our community.

Registration is required. Appetizers will be served prior to the start of each speaker. Program will officially begin at 5:45 p.m.

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This event has been postponed in light of public health recommendations to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thomas F. Zenty III, University Hospitals’ Chief Executive Officer, and Daniel I. Simon, MD, University Hospitals’ Chief Clinical & Scientific Officer and President, UH Cleveland Medical Center, will discuss the founding of one of Cleveland’s most important anchor institutions. While its roots trace back to its humble beginnings as a single hospital in a two-story wooden house initiated by members of the Old Stone Church, University Hospitals today is one of the nation’s and region’s most important contributors – scientifically and economically. Its mission: To Heal. To Teach. To Discover. is deeply woven into the fabric of its culture and Tom and Dan will talk about how that has helped UH deliver high-quality, compassionate care for over 150 years.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. This event is free and open to the public, though registration is required.

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This event has been postponed in light of public health recommendations to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Timothy K. Hilk, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, will discuss the impact of the Y in our community. First formed in Cleveland 1854, the initial YMCA devolved in nine years as many of its members answered the call to serve in the Civil War. The Y was re-established by Charles Bolton at the Old Stone Church in 1867. For generations, the Y has served Greater Cleveland by putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Tim will talk about how the Y is helping Greater Cleveland face its new challenges that create a greater need for the work the Y does in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Previous speakers at Old Stone Church include..

  • Cleveland fourth-term Mayor Frank Jackson
  • Jeff Speck (urbanist, city planner, author of Walkable City: How Downtown Saves America)
  • Joseph Calabrese (CEO, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority)
  • Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano (Senior Pastor, Old Stone Church)
  • Dr. Jarrett Walker (public transit advocate, author of Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives)
  • Dr. Imani Scott (race relations expert and professor at Savannah College of Art and Design)
  • Chris Ronayne (President, University Circle Inc.)
  • Brandon E. Chrostowski (Founder, EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute)
  • Sherri Brandon (Executive Director, Front Steps Housing and Services)
  • Rev. Faith Fowler (Author, Tiny Homes in a Big City)

Click below to view videos of past speakers!

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