Is The Current U.S. Crisis A Sin? Bill Moyers To Mix Biz With Theology On July 3 Program

Share Article

Bill Moyers will moderate this panel and look at the issues - economic, political and cultural - facing the U.S., but through a lens of progressive Christianity, with what are considered more "traditional" themes that frame the collapse of the market as sinful and outlining economic policies that take into account our moral obligations to each other. This panel was part of a very successful iTunes accessible class presented by the Union Theological Seminary. Union Theological Seminary's President Serene Jones, Gary Dorrien and Cornel West share insights on American politics, policy and the economic crisis.

We can't just go on saying, 'Well, if we can just patch this thing up and get back to where we were,' that things will be all right. And none of us believe that, so we also have to talk about what was wrong with the system to begin with, that had outcomes that you can't really justify morally.

Past News Releases

RSS

On Friday, July 3, 2009, PBS's Bill Moyers Journal will feature Union Theological Seminary President Serene Jones, Professor Gary Dorrien of Union Theological Seminary and Professor Cornel West of Princeton University. The program will take a close look at what our nation's religious traditions and values say about the challenges of balancing capitalism and democracy in America.

Jones, Dorrien and West, whom Moyers characterizes as "leading public thinkers," will share insights from the unique course they taught this past spring at Union. "Christianity and the U.S. Crisis," which featured several guest speakers, including Benjamin Barber, Farah Griffin, Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Wynton Marsalis, focused on the edges and contours of the current U.S. crisis and attempted to chart Christian responses to it. Throughout the course, professors presented strong positive critiques of the Obama administration's current bailout and restructuring plan, and called for real alternatives to the crumbling "religion of the market."

"This is a society that has stoked and celebrated greed virtually to the point of self-destruction," says Dorrien. "We can't just go on saying, 'Well, if we can just patch this thing up and get back to where we were,' that things will be all right. And none of us believe that, so we also have to talk about what was wrong with the system to begin with, that had outcomes that you can't really justify morally."

The course was also unique in its use of new media: all lectures were available on iTunes University, reaching hundreds of virtual students. Elements of the course were released as video on YouTube and disseminated via social networking sites.

Dr. Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University. He is also is also a Union alumnus and an Episcopal priest. Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the sixteenth president of Union Theological Seminary, and the Roosevelt Professor of Systematic Theology. Dr. Cornel West, who has taught at Union, Harvard, and Yale, is currently the Class of 1943 Professor at Princeton University.

Union Theological Seminary, founded in 1836, is an independent, ecumenical graduate school of theology with the mission to educate men and women for ministries in the Christian faith, service in contemporary society, and study of the great issues of our time. The Seminary believes that New York City remains a critical training ground for facing such issues.

Bill Moyers returned to public television with the weekly public affairs series Bill Moyers Journal in 2007. Each week the series provides the high quality public service journalism for which Moyers and his colleagues have been identified for almost four decades. The weekly one-hour broadcast features produced analysis of vital issues, strong interviews with unique voices on politics, the arts and letters, science, religion, and the media, as well as debates on public issues and documentary specials.

For a preview clip see: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07032009/

###

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Cathy Renna

Laura McGinnis
Renna Communications
202.596.0402
Email >
Visit website