NOVEMBER 4, 2008
'THE PULPIT AND THE BULLY PULPIT'
By LESLIE PALMA-SIMONCEK
Three observers of religion in America will meet Nov. 11 — one week after Election Day — to share their observations about the historic election in a forum titled “The Pulpit and the Bully Pulpit: Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election.” The forum is sponsored by Wagner College and the Center for Jewish History, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the center at 15 West 16th Street in Manhattan.
Former state Sen. Seymour Lachman, who represented parts of the North Shore, will moderate the discussion. Lachman is now a Distinguished Professor in Residence at Wagner College and co-author of “One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society.”
Speaking on the panel will be three men who have written extensively on developments in American religious life.
Peter Seinfels writes “Beliefs,” a biweekly column for the New York Times. He is a professor of philosophy at Fordham University and co-director of its Center on Religion and Culture. A former editor of Commonweal, he is the author of “The Neo-Conservatives: The Men Who Are Changing America’s Politics” and “A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America.”
James Dunn is resident professor of Christianity and public policy at Wake Forest University. He was executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, dealing with issues of religious liberty and the separation of church and state. He is the co-author of “Soul Freedom: Baptist Battle Ground,” “Endangered Species” and “An Approach to Christian Ethics and Politics: A Guidebook for Christians.”
Rabbi James Rudin, a columnist for the Religion News Service whose work appears from time to time in the Staten Island Advance, is a senior interreligious affairs adviser to the American Jewish Committee. He is the author of “Israel for Christians: Understanding Modern Israel,” and co-editor of “Evangelicals and Jews in Conversation,” “Jews in an Age of Pluralism” and “A Time to Speak: The Evangelical-Jewish Encounter.”
The forum is open to the public. Get there early to check out the museum, which is home to the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research.
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