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Religion in American Public Life: Confronting Controversies, Cultivating Common Ground

What can Americans do to counter rising hostility toward minorities, including religious, racial, and ethnic minorities?  How should we think about clashing claims for religious freedom and LGBT equality, governmental monuments containing religious symbols, and partnerships between the state and faith-based organizations?  Are religious leaders and communities fulfilling their role as the "conscience of the state," as the Rev.Dr. Martin Luther King said they should?  In such a polarized time, is it still possible for people of different faiths and beliefs to find common ground?

Join Melissa Rogers for a conversation about these and related issues on Friday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Lower Auditorium of Wingate Hall. Rogers, who previously served as former Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will draw on her new book, Faith in American Public Life (Baylor University Press, 2019).  Rogers currently serves as a Visiting Professor at the School of Divinity and as a Nonresident Senior Scholar at the Brookings Institution. John Senior, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Religious Leadership at the School of Divinity, will convene the discussion.

Sponsored by the Collaborative for Public Religious Leadership at the School of Divinity. Through innovative non-degree programming, The Collaborative for Public Religious Leadership will prepare agents of justice, reconciliation, and compassion ready to navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing religious landscape. The Collaborative will model the re-shaping of theological education through the creative exploration of emerging wisdom about the life and work of ministry.

Friday, October 18 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Wingate Hall, Lower Auditorium
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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Speakers, Special Events, Community


School of Divinity, The Collaborative for Public Religious Leadership

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Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students, Prospective Students





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Demi McCoy, Assistant Director

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