The Ethics of Dissent

Jul 21, 2018 ‐ Jul 28, 2018


The Ethics of Dissent

If dissent is the “highest form of patriotism,” at what point does dissent become harmful subversion? How does the First Amendment color the American debate on this subject, and what about other countries where these protections are nonexistent or less explicit? Is violence ever justified, and, if so, at what cost? In this week, we’ll examine the obligations of active citizens and cultural critics, look at the role dissent has played in the development of democracy and a muscular civic dialogue, and consider how dissent has changed — in the forms it takes, how it is responded to, and the rules by which society allows or prohibits it.

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Ethics of Dissent

When one is dissenting in the public realm, morally, what can one do, what must one do, what must one not do? In what circumstances (ever?) does the end justify the means? When trying to change minds about something, what must never be violated, what line must never be crossed? In this week we will seek to discern what an effective “ethics of dissent” can look like.


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Morning Worship Service: Michael-Ray Mathews

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Morning Worship Service: Michael-Ray Mathews

Jul 22, 2018 10:45am ‐ Jul 22, 2018 12:00pm

Michael-Ray Mathews is an ordained American Baptist minister and a leading pastor in the multi-faith movement for justice.  He brings over 30 years of ministry leadership experience - as a senior pastor, grassroots leader, psalmist and community organizer - to his work as the Director of Clergy Organizing for Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network). 

Since 2014, Michael-Ray’s leadership has centered on the Theology of Resistance. Developed in the aftermath of the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Theology of Resistance is a prophetic, multi-faith discourse and is intended to ignite conversations and spark faith leaders to fight injustice and dehumanization and cultivate Beloved Community.   Michael-Ray engages these conversations as the host of the Prophetic Resistance Podcast.

Rev. Mathews is president of the Alliance of Baptists, a progressive Baptist movement for justice and healing.  The founding convener of the Racial Justice Community of the Alliance of Baptists, he, along with Drs. Marie Onwubuariri and Cody J. Sanders, is the co-editor of Trouble the Waters:  A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice, a project of the Alliance of Baptists.

A native of Compton, California, Michael-Ray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences and Communications from the University of Southern California and a Master of Divinity degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West and the Graduate Theological Union.

Michael-Ray and Dené, his wife of 25 years, live in San José, California and are the proud parents of one son, Kenan, a rising senior at The Ohio State University.

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Vespers: Michael-Ray Mathews

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Vespers: Michael-Ray Mathews

Jul 22, 2018 5:00pm ‐ Jul 22, 2018 6:00pm

Michael-Ray Mathews is an ordained American Baptist minister and a leading pastor in the multi-faith movement for justice.  He brings over 30 years of ministry leadership experience - as a senior pastor, grassroots leader, psalmist and community organizer - to his work as the Director of Clergy Organizing for Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network). 

Since 2014, Michael-Ray’s leadership has centered on the Theology of Resistance. Developed in the aftermath of the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Theology of Resistance is a prophetic, multi-faith discourse and is intended to ignite conversations and spark faith leaders to fight injustice and dehumanization and cultivate Beloved Community.   Michael-Ray engages these conversations as the host of the Prophetic Resistance Podcast.

Rev. Mathews is president of the Alliance of Baptists, a progressive Baptist movement for justice and healing.  The founding convener of the Racial Justice Community of the Alliance of Baptists, he, along with Drs. Marie Onwubuariri and Cody J. Sanders, is the co-editor of Trouble the Waters:  A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice, a project of the Alliance of Baptists.

A native of Compton, California, Michael-Ray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences and Communications from the University of Southern California and a Master of Divinity degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West and the Graduate Theological Union.

Michael-Ray and Dené, his wife of 25 years, live in San José, California and are the proud parents of one son, Kenan, a rising senior at The Ohio State University.

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Morning Worship Service: Michael-Ray Mathews

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Morning Worship Service: Michael-Ray Mathews

Jul 23, 2018 9:15am ‐ Jul 23, 2018 10:00am

Michael-Ray Mathews is an ordained American Baptist minister and a leading pastor in the multi-faith movement for justice.  He brings over 30 years of ministry leadership experience - as a senior pastor, grassroots leader, psalmist and community organizer - to his work as the Director of Clergy Organizing for Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network). 

Since 2014, Michael-Ray’s leadership has centered on the Theology of Resistance. Developed in the aftermath of the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Theology of Resistance is a prophetic, multi-faith discourse and is intended to ignite conversations and spark faith leaders to fight injustice and dehumanization and cultivate Beloved Community.   Michael-Ray engages these conversations as the host of the Prophetic Resistance Podcast.

Rev. Mathews is president of the Alliance of Baptists, a progressive Baptist movement for justice and healing.  The founding convener of the Racial Justice Community of the Alliance of Baptists, he, along with Drs. Marie Onwubuariri and Cody J. Sanders, is the co-editor of Trouble the Waters:  A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice, a project of the Alliance of Baptists.

A native of Compton, California, Michael-Ray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences and Communications from the University of Southern California and a Master of Divinity degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West and the Graduate Theological Union.

Michael-Ray and Dené, his wife of 25 years, live in San José, California and are the proud parents of one son, Kenan, a rising senior at The Ohio State University.

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Morning Lecture Series: Ralph Young

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Morning Lecture Series: Ralph Young

Jul 23, 2018 10:45am ‐ Jul 23, 2018 12:00pm

Ralph Young is a Professor of History at Temple University, and the author of Dissent: The History of an American Idea, a narrative history of the United States from the standpoint of dissenters and protests movements. That book was a finalist for the 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Award.

Young is also the author of Make Art Not War: Political Protest Posters from the Twentieth Century, and editor of Dissent in America: Voices That Shaped a Nation. His writing has appeared in The New England Quarterly, USA Today Magazine, the History News Network, and in blogs for the National Constitution Center, Salon, and Truthout.org, among other outlets.

At Temple University, Young is the founder of weekly, campus-wide “teach-ins,” in which students and faculty investigate the historical context of controversial contemporary issues. Young has been honored with the Provost’s Award for Innovative Teaching in General Education, the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teaching Award, Honors Professor of the Year, and the Lindback Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. He was a Fulbright Specialist Fellow at the University of Rome and every two years he teaches a seminar on dissent movements at Charles University in Prague. Previously, he taught at the University of London and at Bremen University in Germany. 

Young received his PhD from Michigan State University.

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  • Ralph Young, author "Dissent: The History of an American Idea"
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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Otis Moss III

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Otis Moss III

Jul 23, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Jul 23, 2018 3:15pm

With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill., Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College, who earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. He returned to Yale in 2014 to present the famed Lyman Beecher lectures. The three-day event included an in-depth discourse on the subject of "The Blue Note Gospel: Preaching the Prophetic Blues in a Post Soul World." The lectures, which demonstrated a homiletic blueprint for prophetic preaching in the 21st century, were the foundation of his latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair, published in 2015. His earlier publications include: Redemption in a Red Light District, and The Gospel According to the Wiz and Other Sermons from Cinema. He co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix: How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation with three other contributors, and Preach! The Power and Purpose behind Our Praise, with his father.

Dr. Moss was named to the inaugural Root 100, a list that “recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions,” according to the publication’s Website. Honorees range between ages 25 to 45, and their accomplishments and successes transcend media headlines or statistics.

With a unique gift to communicate across generations, Dr. Moss’ creative bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike. His intergenerational preaching gift has made Dr. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, and at conferences and churches across the globe. Highly influenced by the works of Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson, Howard Thurman, Jazz, and Hip-Hop music, the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the pastoral ministry of his father, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation.

The former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., his first pastorate, where the church grew from 125 members to over 2100 disciples during his tenure, Dr. Moss is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ. He is on the boards of Auburn Seminary and the Faith-In-Place/Action Fund, and is chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference.  Dr. Moss is also a Senior Fellow in the Auburn Seniors Fellow Program.

Married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Fla., a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate, he and Monica are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.

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Lincoln Applied Ethics Series: Ersula Ore

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Lincoln Applied Ethics Series: Ersula Ore

Jul 23, 2018 4:00pm ‐ Jul 23, 2018 5:00pm

Ersula Ore, professor of ethics, The School of Social Transformation; assistant professor of African and African American studies, and rhetoric, Arizona State University

Ersula J. Ore is the Lincoln Professor of Ethics in The School of Social Transformation and Assistant Professor of African & African American Studies, and Rhetoric at Arizona State University. Her research examines the material and discursive strategies of aggrieved communities as they operate within a post- emancipation context.

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Morning Worship Service: Michael-Ray Mathews

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Morning Worship Service: Michael-Ray Mathews

Jul 24, 2018 9:15am ‐ Jul 24, 2018 10:00am

Michael-Ray Mathews is an ordained American Baptist minister and a leading pastor in the multi-faith movement for justice.  He brings over 30 years of ministry leadership experience - as a senior pastor, grassroots leader, psalmist and community organizer - to his work as the Director of Clergy Organizing for Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network). 

Since 2014, Michael-Ray’s leadership has centered on the Theology of Resistance. Developed in the aftermath of the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Theology of Resistance is a prophetic, multi-faith discourse and is intended to ignite conversations and spark faith leaders to fight injustice and dehumanization and cultivate Beloved Community.   Michael-Ray engages these conversations as the host of the Prophetic Resistance Podcast.

Rev. Mathews is president of the Alliance of Baptists, a progressive Baptist movement for justice and healing.  The founding convener of the Racial Justice Community of the Alliance of Baptists, he, along with Drs. Marie Onwubuariri and Cody J. Sanders, is the co-editor of Trouble the Waters:  A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice, a project of the Alliance of Baptists.

A native of Compton, California, Michael-Ray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences and Communications from the University of Southern California and a Master of Divinity degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West and the Graduate Theological Union.

Michael-Ray and Dené, his wife of 25 years, live in San José, California and are the proud parents of one son, Kenan, a rising senior at The Ohio State University.

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Morning Lecture Series: Suzanne Nossel

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Morning Lecture Series: Suzanne Nossel

Jul 24, 2018 10:45am ‐ Jul 24, 2018 12:00pm

Suzanne Nossel serves as the chief executive officer of PEN America, the leading human rights and free expression organization. Since joining PEN America in 2013, Nossel has overseen a doubling of the organization’s staff and budget and groundbreaking work on free expression in Hong Kong and China, Myanmar, Eurasia and the United States.

Previously, Nossel’s career spanned government service and leadership roles in the corporate and non-profit sectors. She served as the chief operating officer of Human Rights Watch and as executive director of Amnesty International USA. During the first term of the Obama Administration, Nossel served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, where she led U.S. engagement in the United Nations and multilateral institutions on human rights and humanitarian issues. During the Clinton Administration, Nossel was Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador for U.N. Management and Reform at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Additionally, Nossel coined the term “Smart Power,” which was the title of a 2004 article she published in Foreign Affairs Magazine and later became the theme of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure in office. 

Nossel is a former senior fellow at the Century Foundation, the Center for American Progress, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Steven Conn

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Steven Conn

Jul 24, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Jul 24, 2018 3:15pm

Steven Conn is the W. E. Smith Professor of History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he teaches an undergraduate seminar titled "War and Dissent in American History." The founding editor of the on-line magazine "Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective" (origins.osu.edu), which brings historical expertise to bear on pressing contemporary questions and makes it available to the general public for free, he is also a Huffington Post contributing writer.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in History and a B.A. from Yale University with distinction in Art History and in Archaeology.  

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Morning Worship Service: Michael-Ray Mathews

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Morning Worship Service: Michael-Ray Mathews

Jul 25, 2018 9:15am ‐ Jul 25, 2018 10:00am

Michael-Ray Mathews is an ordained American Baptist minister and a leading pastor in the multi-faith movement for justice.  He brings over 30 years of ministry leadership experience - as a senior pastor, grassroots leader, psalmist and community organizer - to his work as the Director of Clergy Organizing for Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network). 

Since 2014, Michael-Ray’s leadership has centered on the Theology of Resistance. Developed in the aftermath of the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Theology of Resistance is a prophetic, multi-faith discourse and is intended to ignite conversations and spark faith leaders to fight injustice and dehumanization and cultivate Beloved Community.   Michael-Ray engages these conversations as the host of the Prophetic Resistance Podcast.

Rev. Mathews is president of the Alliance of Baptists, a progressive Baptist movement for justice and healing.  The founding convener of the Racial Justice Community of the Alliance of Baptists, he, along with Drs. Marie Onwubuariri and Cody J. Sanders, is the co-editor of Trouble the Waters:  A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice, a project of the Alliance of Baptists.

A native of Compton, California, Michael-Ray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences and Communications from the University of Southern California and a Master of Divinity degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West and the Graduate Theological Union.

Michael-Ray and Dené, his wife of 25 years, live in San José, California and are the proud parents of one son, Kenan, a rising senior at The Ohio State University.

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