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The events of 2016 brought an end to the establishment’s comfortable reign through its control of the two party system. Much that once seemed steady and secure in our common life is now in flux. The result may be disastrous, and we must be prepared to resist some of the changes that now have political power behind them. But the new situation also offers an opening to think more radically and to organize for what is truly needed. The 2017 lecture series of the Agenda for a Prophetic Faith considers what we are called to do now in light of the Jubilee vision. What can we do to renew the conditions for life to flourish in what Pope Francis has called “our common home?”
Looking ahead to 2018
We anticipate engaging the following speakers next year:
•Melvin L. Oliver: Pitzer College's 6th President
Our 2017 Schedule
(Pending finalization of details – a work in progress)
Claremont United Methodist Church,
211 W. Foothill Blvd.,
Claremont, CA 91711
John B. Cobb, Jr.
Author, Jesus’Abba: The God Who Has Not Failed
“CanTrump’s Election Become a Positive Factor in World History?”
Obviously, on many issues, those working in the prophetic tradition will find themselves in a defensive position in the coming four years. But there some positive opportunities opened up by trump’s victory and the strong response to it. John B. Cobb, Jr., a long standing leader in the prophetic critique of modern society, will highlight some of the possibilities. The political establishment, consisting of two quite similar parties has been shaken, and fundamental questions about the financial system may surface for reconsideration. The new power of climate change-deniers may lead those who want to save the world from disaster to think more radically about what is required.
Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, CA 91711
Author, Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security
“The Creation of a Border Security State”
In the heat of the reaction to 911, the Department of Homeland Security has grown by leaps and bounds, and has instituted programs of far-reaching significance to all American citizens. What they have created might be called the Border Security State, and every American citizen ought to be cognizant of what it means for the future of democracy in the United States. What is involved is not just the security of immigrants, legal and illegal, but also the security, and democratic way of life, of all of us in what used to be called the land of the free and home of the brave.
La Verne Church of the Brethren,
2425 E Street
La Verne, CA 91750
Author, Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics
The Hebrew prophets were amazed by a community that could or would not pay attention to the crisis brewing on their borders. For them, the crisis involved the approach of the Babylonian army as it expanded the Babylonian empire at the expense of the independent states of the then known world. For us, the crisis involves the way in which our civilization is impacting the atmosphere in such a way as to stimulate global warming. Why do people resist paying attention to and reponding to the impending crisis? Obviously, there are political and social factors that are involved. But there are also psychological dynamics involved, and the field of psychoanalysis has something to say about why people avoid at- tenting to what they need to pay attention to--and how they might better rise to the occasion before is too late.
Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church,
724 E. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773
Sister Simone Campbell , SSS
Director, NETWORK — Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
”Pope Francis, Donald Trump, and the Way Ahead”
Over the last few years of his pontificate, Pope Francis has become an important leader on the world scene, not just for Christians but for all people of good will concerned about the future of the world in which we reside.
How have people been responding to the Pope’s call for our responsibility “to our common home?” Looking ahead, what things highlighted by the Pope ought we to be thinking about as we attempt a better response to his encyclical? Furthermore, what riches of wisdom and practice might be brought to the occasion by a religious community with over 2,000 years of caring for the widow, the orphan, the outcast--and for the nonhuman creation?
Claremont United Church of Christ (UCC),
233 W. Harrison St.,
Claremont, CA 91711
Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA
The recent election has brought home to us the fact that our major political parties have been ignoring a very important part of the population, the lower middle-class groups who have been losing out in the drive for a global economy. Recently arriving in California from the Midwest, Mike Kinman, the new Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, CA, has the kind of experience to bring home to liberals what needs to be done to bridge the gaps between the liberal community and the “bucket of deplorable” that played such an important role in the election of President Trump and his colleagues (associates, henchmen, partners in crime).