October 16-18, 2012
“Faith Race and Politics”
How do we engage a deeper, more meaningful dialogue about race, faith, and politics in our public settings, as practicing pastors, community organizers, chaplains, and scholars–all people of faith pursuing a variety of ministries? Politicians seem to push platitudes on the one hand and create divisive rhetoric about dire needs in our communities. At the same time, religion is both appropriated and caricatured by the politicians and the media. We are left to create new ways to engage public dialogue on faith, race, and politics within our culturally diverse society. We ask: does our concern about boundaries between church and state limit our ability or willingness to engage deeply the issues of politics and race? Can we embrace the possibility that our Christian faith can play a powerful and influential part in building a just future? Is there a faith-filled path toward talking about racism and politics that includes deep reflection on and potential reconciliation around painful histories? How do we model non-polarizing engagement with the issues that divide us?
Beyond media sound bites, this Tipple-Vosburgh series promises intriguing, challenging and engaging opportunities to hear the voices and visions of activists, scholars, and church leaders responding to this unique and timely dilemma. Join us for our 2012 Tipple-Vosburgh event for a faithful/faith-filled exploration of faith, race, and politics during this presidential election cycle.
Learn more about this year’s lectures and reunion: