Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry (STM) has announced its annual lecture series exploring Faith and Values in the Public Square, with two key public venues. Tickets are required, but they are free.

The first venue is Friday, November 2nd titled “Mormonism in the Election Spotlight.” STM’s two speakers are Dr. Joanna Brooks, a national voice on Mormon life and politics and an award-winning scholar of religion and American culture, and Dr. Matthew Bowman, who teaches at Hampden-Sydney College and serves as the associate editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. They will explore questions such as “What are the values that inform the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and which contribute to the public conversation today?”

The second venue is Friday, January 11th, just days before the U.S. Presidential inauguration, titled “The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America.” The New Hour highly regarded senior correspondent and author, Ray Suarez, will lead the conversation on faith and the next four years.  Suarez will examine the tightening relationship between religion and politics in the United States.  STM will co-host this event with the Seattle Presbytery.

Dr. Michael Trice, STM’s Assistant Dean for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue, warmly invites Unitarian Universalists into this public conversation, noting

Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry is committed to deepening ecumenical and interreligious engagement. This engagement provides an opportunity for enhancing our shared awareness of the role of religion in the public square today. In a national context where religious values shape or are ignored in public discourse, we educate our students in a context where theology is public for the sake of the world.


For more details on the speakers and topics featured during the lecture series, and for information on acquiring tickets when the site goes live on September 2nd, please visit this STM webpage, with click-throughs for ticketing: http://www.seattleu.edu/stm/faithandvalues.


Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry offers an accredited MDiv program inclusive of Unitarian Universalist seminarians, plus other graduate programs for those seeking education and credentials in religious and spiritual leadership.

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