Just over a year ago, Americans around the country watched with horror as a mob stormed the United States Capitol Building. Many of the assailants displayed religious imagery, and many more announced that their actions were motivated by religion. While religion has always influenced American public life, the 2021 US Capitol Siege called our attention to the urgent threat of Christian Nationalism and raised questions about the role of religion in society today for people of all faiths.
The Religion & Society Program knows that for religious pluralism to become a reality in American society, we cannot ignore the events and implications of the past year. We must understand the many ways religion has shown up. We must ask ourselves where we want to go from here and how we intend to get there.
Speakers for the program include:
Peter Manseau (moderating): Lilly Endowment Curator of American Religious History at the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian
Wajahat Ali: The Daily Beast columnist and author of GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM: And Other Helpful Recommendations On How to Become American
The Very Rev Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas: Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, Canon Theologian at Washington National Cathedral, and Theologian in Residence at Trinity Church Wall Street in NYC
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg: Scholar in Residence at National Council of Jewish Women