TOMORROW: A Response to the Question "Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?"
Perhaps you saw the op-ed piece in the New York Times on Sunday, "Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?" by Ross Douthat.
Douthat’s column presents another crystallizing opportunity for the mainline church to articulate the value of a progressive Christian Gospel. Let’s not miss it.
Douthat began his column with a reference to the groundbreaking work of Bishop John Shelby Spong, who just happens to be on the PSR campus this week teaching a summer school class. Bishop Spong has generously agreed to participate in a public conversation in response to Douthat’s piece on Wednesday afternoon, July 18, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., in PSR’s Badè Museum.
Bishop Spong will be joined in that discussion by three other panelists:
Dr. David Hollinger, Professor of History at UC Berkeley. Dr. Hollinger was recently interviewed by the Christian Century on what the mainline church actually achieved in the 20th century.
Rev. Byron Williams, pastor of the Resurrection Community Church in Oakland, and a regular columnist at the Huffington Post.
Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson, Lecturer in Theology and Culture at PSR; Senior Director of Academic Research and Resources at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, and one of the authors of the rites for same sex marriage recently approved by the Episcopal Church.
There will be an extended opportunity for open discussion.
This is a rare opportunity. Please join us.