The Forum at St. Margaret’s: Season One

Friday, January 25, 2013: Philip Zuckerman, Professor of Sociology and Secular Studies at Pitzer College, discussed “The Rise of Irreligion in the U.S. and Europe”.

Friday, March 8, 2013: Professor Philip Clayton, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Claremont School of Theology, and Provost of Claremont Lincoln University described “Emerging Churches and the Future of Faith: How America’s Youth Do Religion and Why We Should Be Paying Attention”.

These respected academic leaders have differing views on religion today. Where one sees a dying church, the other sees an emerging church. What do you see?

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January 25, 2013: Philip Zuckerman, Professor of Sociology and Secular Studies at Pitzer College
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March 8, 2013: Professor Philip Clayton, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Claremont School of Theology, and Provost of Claremont Lincoln University

Comments from the Friday, March 8, 2013 audience of just shy of 100 participants include

  • Thought-provoking
  • Challenging – made me want to study some of the literature
  • Great speakers
  • Well organized, need wider exposure to broaden audience
  • People very engaged
  • Excellent in all respects
  • Mind opening ideas

You can listen to an audio recording of Dr. Clayton’s presentation below, and links to his presentation slides and video are available here. Many thanks to Larry DeJarnett, Eva Myers, Eric Peterson, Laura Durand, and team chair Mary DeJarnett for outstanding vision and hard work! Season One of the St. Margaret’s Forum is a big success. Time to lock in the cast for a long-term contract!


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After SCOTUS Forum, June 27, 2013
Left-to-right: Eric Peterson, Jeff Bormaster, Andy Barborak, Chris Heritage, Lane Hensley, Greg Rodriguez, Kay Wood, and Karla Lewis

On Thursday June 27, 2013, the Forum at St. Margaret’s convened an event at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church to consider the implications of the Supreme Court’s decisions related to California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.  The event drew participation of 110 people from the community and the parish.

included attorney Chris Heritage, the Rev. Lane Hensley, Rector of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church; and Greg Rodriguez, District Director for Congressman Raul Ruiz answered practical questions about what these rulings mean for same-sex couples who are married, or want to be married.  Fr. Hensley addressed St. Margaret’s policy to treat all couples, regardless of the couples sex or sexual orientation, on an equal footing, and the role the church has in upholding Christian households.  To add a personal dimension to the issues discussed, two couples with long-lasting histories together spoke movingly about both the practical and the intangible legitimacy that legal recognition brings to the moral commitments that each of the couples made to each other years ago.  Andy Barborak and Jeff Bormaster were married before the passage of Proposition 8.  The Rev. Kay Wood and Carla Lewis had plans to be married in September.  Eric Peterson moderated the discussion.

 

 

Last updated: December 5, 2013 at 13:21 pm

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