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Monday, September 26, 2005

'Via media': Episcopalians challenge the Christian right.

Here's something exciting: Values, Vision and the Via Media, a conference at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., October 13 through 15. Focused on bringing moderate and progressive Christian voices back into the public square, the conference is rooted in the Episcopal tradition, but Christians from a variety of traditions will find a lot of value in the three days of programs. I think I just might go myself.

I'm most interested in the Thursday afternoon pre-conference sessions — especially "The Reception of Progressive Values in the Media" with E.J. Dionne, Kevin Eckstrom, Amy Sullivan, Steven Waldman, and several other journalists whose work I don't know as well. Other big names at the conference include Jim Wallis, former Sen. John Danforth, Jonathan Schell, Harvard professor and John Kenneth Galbraith biographer Richard Parker, and Massachusetts legislator Byron Rushing. (I love the thought of attending a wine and cheese reception with these folks.)

Thanks to Jo Guldi, a blogger who's on the program, for drawing my attention to the conference. She adds:

Bloggers, famous or not, are encouraged to come, meet each other, speak out at the discussions of strategies for long-term change, and document the conference real-time.

Check it out.

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 26 September 2005 at 10:10 PM

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September 27, 2005 06:14 AM | Permalink for this comment

Thanks, Philocrates!

Dudley Jones:

September 28, 2005 12:39 PM | Permalink for this comment

The media certainly seems to see religion through a filter that lets through the far right. Recently I rented a DVD of "The West Wing" and the clergy were represented as unloving troglodytes.

Ron Robinson:

September 28, 2005 09:56 PM | Permalink for this comment

Dudley mentioned the portrayal of Christians on TWW (fortunately there I think we have Pres Bartlett's own faith statements over the seasons to balance out things overall). I was struck last night by the religion in the workplace scenes from the season premiere of Boston Legal (Jewish former employee suing because of religious intimidation of Christianity in the office), especially I was hooting through the scene where about 25 clips are spliced together of current and past national public officials talking about their Christianity and often their evangelical Christianity, all to prove how Christian the nation is, purpose in the show being to intimidate the opposing legal team into settling rather than going to trial. I hope I did get it recorded because it would make a great discussion starter at church--through the humor some important issues. Others catch it?

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