Comparative Religion Series

  • 01/26/2016
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • 02/02/2016
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • 02/09/2016
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • 02/16/2016
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • 02/23/2016
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • 03/01/2016
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Community-wide Educational Event designed for adults interested in interfaith programming.

Temple Beth El will host the 19th annual Comparative Religion Series on six consecutive Tuesday evenings.  The series is free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary.

There will be live streaming available for this series through this link.

• January 26: U.S. Minority Religions: Jewish, Islamic, and Buddhist perspectives on Religion and Politics
Rabbi Judy Schindler, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth El, Reform Jewish perspective and Introduction
Ryusho Jeffus, Shonin, Myosho-Ji, Wonderful Voice Buddhist Temple,
Buddhist perspective
Imam Atif Chaudry, Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte, Islamic perspective

• February 2: Christian Approaches to Religion and Politics: Conservative Protestant, Liberal Protestant, and Roman Catholic Viewpoints
Dr. David Chadwick, Senior Pastor Forest Hill Church
Dr. Steve Shoemaker, former Pastor, Myers Park Baptist Church, Baptist perspective
Sister Rose Marie Tresp, Director of Justice, Sisters of Mercy in Belmont,
Roman Catholic perspective

• February 9: The Vision of the Black Church: Civil Rights to Moral Monday
Reverend Dr. Rodney Sadler, Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary and Associate Pastor, Mount Carmel Baptist Church
Minister Corine Mack, President Charlotte Mecklenburg NAACP

• February 16: Changing Legal Lines Across the Decades: Legal Experts on Religion and Politics
Jake Sussman, Civil Rights Attorney, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC

Bill Marshall, William Rand Kenan Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
Greg Wallace, Associate Professor of Law, Campbell University School of Law

• February 23: Pews to Polls: The Use of Religion in Politics (Conservative Religious and Liberal Religious Politicians)
Richard Vinroot, former Mayor, City of Charlotte, 1991-1995
Ed Williams, former editor, The Charlotte Observer Editorial Pages
Commissioner Trevor Fuller, Chairman, Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners
Mayor Jennifer Roberts, current Mayor, City of Charlotte
Commissioner Pat Cotham, Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners

• March 1: How the Pendulum Swings: An Historical Overview on Religion and Politics
Dr. Bob Whalen, Professor, History Department, Queens University of Charlotte
Tim Funk, Faith and Religion Reporter, The Charlotte Observer
Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, Associate Rabbi, Temple Beth El

March 8: Snow Date

Comparative Religion Series 2016 – Flyer with Schedule

Event Location


5101 Providence Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28226

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