In an increasingly globalized world, the different faith traditions of the world can no longer be considered merely as charming curiosities, interesting phenomena that are not substantively relevant to the concrete issues facing governments and people. Rather, now more than ever, understanding religious thinking and customs is essential to addressing pressing issues related to economics, human rights, and militarized conflict. Christopher Washnock, who serves as the Assistant Director of Outreach at the Council on Foreign Relations, outlines his understanding of why religion is so important in this contemporary moment and points to a number of regions around the world where the significance of religion is particularly apparent.
Hors d’oeurves and non-alcoholic beverages will be served, and admission is free. All are welcome to attend and participate fully, regardless of faith tradition or lack thereof. The audience will be invited to ask questions of and engage in conversation with the speaker during the event.
This is the first 2017-2018 event in the Faith in a New Millennium series, which encourages dialogue and discussion about important contemporary issues. Previous speakers have included Alexandra Petri, Kelly Brown Douglas, and Katharine Jefferts Schori.