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Focus on Theologian Walter Rauschenbusch 3/9-3/10

Meredith College’s Staley Lectures series will focus on the work of Walter Rauschenbusch, an American Baptist pastor and theologian, March 9-10, 2010.

Leadership for the lectures will be provided by Rev. Paul Raushenbush , great grandson of Walter Rauschenbusch and Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University, and Rev. Al Staggs, who will portray Rauschenbusch.

The schedule for the lectures will include a formal presentation by Staggs and Rauschenbush at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9 in Kresge Auditorium; and presentations by both in the 10 a.m. worship service on Wednesday, March 10 in Jones Chapel.

The Department of Religion and Philosophy, The Center for Women and Ethics, and the Office of the Chaplain are co sponsoring the Staley Lectures.

Meredith Professor of Religion and Philosophy Janet Nelson wrote about Rauschenbusch in a 2009 editorial published in The News & Observer. She called him “a leader of the Social Gospel movement that dominated early 20th –century thinking on economic justice. He wrote in the Gilded Age, the period that some economic historians find analogous to our times – in the growing disparities between rich and poor, the prevalence of poverty and the lack of adequate social safety nets. In his landmark works, such as “Christianity and the Social Crisis” and “Christianizing the Social Order,” Rauschenbusch critiqued the capitalistic system that put things before human lives, where profit was God and greed was the prominent motivating force.”

For more information, contact the Office of the Chaplain at (919) 760-8346.

Date Submitted: 2010-03-08

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