Faith and politics
As Election Day nears, churches and other organizations are offering lectures and forums that bring together the worlds of politics and religion.
Here are a few upcoming activities:
– Church of the Open Arms is hosting a panel discussion exploring the relationship between faith and politics on three consecutive evenings beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at 3131N. Pennsylvania. The panel discussions, which will include a nonpartisan discussion of how faith informs politics, will also be offered on Oct. 16 and 23 at the church.Speakers include the Rev. Jeff Hamilton, president of the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma; attorney Richard Klinge with Catholic Charities; Scott Jones with Cathedral of Hope; Nathaniel Batchelder of the Peace House and the Rev. Lance Schmidt.The free three-part series will examine how faith influences one’s choice of a candidate as well as policy questions related to poverty, the environment, health care and immigration.
For more information call Jim Stovall at 204-0811.
– NORMAN — Charles Kimball, new director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma, will present a public lecture from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp. Ave. on the OU campus.
Kimball, author of the book “When Religion Becomes Evil,” will speak on the topic “Religion and Politics in the 2008 Election: Can You Tell a Sunni From a Shiite … or a Baptist From a Catholic?”
A book signing will follow the lecture. The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.
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