Department of Religious Studies

Whose Faith? Which Morals?

Thu, April 7, 2005

The symposium begins on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:00 pm. with a panel discussion in the LBJ Presidential Library Auditorium (26th and Red River), moderated by LBJ Library Director Dr. Betty Sue Flowers, and featuring three of the nation's most distinguished thinkers on religion and politics in America today: Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Senior Leader of New York City's interdenominational and interracial Riverside Church; Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D. C.; and Professor Mark Silk, Director of the Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Connecticut.

On Thursday, April 14, from 9:00am to 4:00pm in the Joe C. Thompson Conference Center on the UT campus (26th and Red River), the symposium will continue with roundtable discussions featuring Austin-area religious, academic, and community leaders, and presentations by Dr. Silk and Reverend Forbes, on the following broad topics: (morning) "What are the religious and secular bases of our society's moral commitments?"; (afternoon) "How can we enact moral commitments in the public sphere, while moving beyond polarization?" All sessions of the symposium are free and open to the public. Opportunities for audience questions and comments will follow each presentation and discussion. The noon hour on Thursday will also feature a series of workshops led by audience members.

Some Austin-area congregations will continue the discussion initiated by the symposium in open educational activities and worship services on Saturday and Sunday. In association with the symposium, The Religion and Labor Network of Austin will also host a Sunday afternoon simple meal and program at 2:00pm at the AFL-CIO Hall on 1160 Lavaca. This university-community collaboration is intended to provide a community forum for Central Texans to learn, think, and talk together about matters pertaining to religion, politics, and moral values that are of great current interest and importance in American society.

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