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Past Events

November 24, 2014

Grill the Presenters: The Burden of Truth

Our previous Voices of Faith have concluded with a popular, lively, and engaging audience-driven Q&A, so for this final 2014 event we allotted even more time to the audience’s questions. Feature presenters gave short presentations on the pressure in their religious affiliation to have all the answers. Then, the discussion will be driven by the audience’s submissions for the remainder of the event.

September 22, 2014

Will Scientific Knowledge Completely Replace Religious Faith in the Next 100 Years?

Throughout history, science and faith have always been “next door” but not always friendly neighbors because of competing authoritative claims to meaning and the human experience. The information age enhances the tensions because more data is being assembled every few days than in all of history. As science and faith battle, will the information age give science the upper hand and make religious faith irrelevant? Will the faith based pursuit for meaning, origin, and connection somehow always transcend scientific discovery? This "Voices of Faith" presentation reflects on the wisdom of both scientific discovery, the traditions of several religions, and the dialectic of how these two “near neighbors” inform the human experience.

June 10, 2014

Why are Millions of Americans Leaving their Faith Behind?

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The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reports that in the last five years, the percent of adults claiming no religious affiliation has risen from 15 to 20 percent. As people are saying "Religion: why bother?" This "Voices of Faith" presentation features honest dialogue about the ways America's religious traditions interpret this decline and how they are or are not interacting with the questions of the average 21st Century person.

March 10, 2014

How Can Religious Communities Help Bend the Moral Arc of the Universe Toward Justice?

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In the 20th Century, Martin Luther King famously said, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." His words echoed those of both Albert Einstein and Theodore Parker, both hopeful in their own time and place of progress towards justice. This "Voices of Faith" presentation looks at the ways and issues that religious traditions are putting their hands to the moral arc of justice and "bending" it in their modern day, time and place.

Host: Jim Gertmenian

Speakers: Marcia Zimmerman, Makram El-Amin, Dan Collison, and David Breeden.

Responses: Tim Hart-Andersen, Michael O'Connell

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