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Rights and Religions: A Movement Breaking Through!
A Symposium sponsored by Kairos: the Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary

Fri, 15 Nov, 2013 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Rights and Religions

Union Forum Presents

A Symposium sponsored by Kairos: the Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary

A gathering of scholars and activists from struggles around the globe to look at the positive and negative roles religion plays in the fight for dignity, freedom and justice. Participants will include Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock (Ebenezer Baptist Church), Rev. William Barber II (Moral Mondays Movement), Abdullahi An-Na’im (Emory University School of Law), Rev. Jennifer Butler (Faith in Public Life), Rachel Feldman (Bend the Arc), Martin Johnstone (Church of Scotland), Albert Ngubane (Abahlali baseMjondolo (South African Shackdwellers Movement)), Jacob George (Iraq Veterans Against the War), Azza Hashem (Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance), Charlene Sinclair (CRRED at Union), Dr. Jerusha Lamptey (Union Theological Seminary), Sheherazade Jafari (American University), Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma (religion and sexuality researcher, Political Research Associates), Shantha Ready Alonso (NETWORK/Nuns on the Bus), Mark Braverman (Kairos USA), Rev. Dr. Traci West (Drew University), Rev. Fred Davie (Union Theological Seminary), Christine Lewis (Domestic Workers United) and more Poverty Initiative Poverty Scholars organizations. The day-long symposium will conclude with a reflection and celebration of the sources of hope for the realization of the new reality that is struggling to be born.

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8:30 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast and Registration

A Movement Breaking Through

9:00 am – 10:00 am Moral Mondays


Rev. Dr. William Barber II (Moral Mondays Leader and North Carolina NAACP President), opening by Ms. Yara Allen (Moral Mondays Leader and Singer)

10:00 am – 10:15 am  Introducing Kairos: The Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice

Rev. Liz Theoharis & Larry Cox (Co-Directors. Kairos: The Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice)

 10:15 am – 11:45 am  Rights and Religion: Global Struggles

A conversation about the struggle to attain human rights and the role of religion in those movements including South Africa, Scotland, the United States and more.

Panelists include: Jacob George (Afganistan Veterans Against the War), Martin Johnstone (Church of Scotland), Christine Lewis (Domestic Workers United), Pastor Albert Ngubane (Abahlali baseMjondolo – South African Shackdwellers Movement), facilitated by Nijmie Dzurinko (Put People First – PA)

 1:45 am – 12:00 pm  Break

The Challenges for/of Religions and Human Rights

 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Black Theology, the Black Church & America’s Prison Industrial Complex


Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock (Senior Pastor Ebenezer Baptist Church) with respondents Charlene Sinclair (Center for Race, Religion, and Economic Democracy at Union) and Dr. Christopher Marshall (Victoria University of Wellington) moderated by Charon Hribar (Poverty Initiative) with dance opening by Figures-in-Flight Released!

 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch

 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm  Religion and Human Rights: Shifting both Paradigms
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law, with respondents Dr. Jerusha Lamptey (Union Theological Seminary) and Rachel Feldman (Bend the Arc), moderated by Rev. Fred Davie (Union Theological Seminary)

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm  Break

 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm Rights and Religions: The Fights of/within Religion

A panel exploring ways religion has been used to advance and deter the realization of human rights with a focus on issues of sexuality, poverty, gender, and conflict.

Panelists include: Mark Braverman (Kairos USA), Rev. Jennifer Butler (Faith in Public Life), Sheherazade Jafari (American University), Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma (Political Research Associates), Savina Martin (Poverty Initiative), Shantha Ready Alonso (NETWORK/Nuns on the Bus) moderated by Rev. Dr. Traci West (Drew University)

 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm  Reception

Lifting our Eyes towards Hope

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Breaking Through: A Community Celebration on Rights, Dignity, and Justice

A cultural event highlighting breakthroughs being made in our human rights struggles today.  This celebration will lift up the commitment of leaders like Harriet Tubman, Mahatma Gandhi, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Myles Horton, and Vandana Shiva, who continue to inspire us to do the hard work of movement building in these times. Building on this rich history, this space of regeneration will feature testimonies and practices of movement leaders.

 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm  Reception


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