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Congregations for Justice: Why They Join the Struggle, How They Do It, and What They Are Aiming For

Sponsored by Center for Equality and Justice, Segerhammar Center for Faith & Culture, Office of Campus Ministry, Political Science Department, and Religion Department

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Lundring Events Center, Gilbert Sports & Fitness Center, CLU Thousand Oaks campus

The top 1% enjoy the advantages of massive economic and political power. The only chance ordinary citizens have of righting the ship is to get organized and exert power of their own. In the United States, religion and politics are usually confined to two separate “boxes.” However, what if the solution to our stratified political climate could actually be found through the organization of religious groups in support of grassroots democracy? Throughout history, great social movements have mobilized by organizing religious communities. Congregations are also involved these days in coalitions that seek economic and civic justice at the local level. In this lecture, Dr. Jeffrey Stout will describe how grassroots democracy works, what some of its successes and failures have been, and why religious communities are still at the core of it. Stout is a graduate of Brown University and received his doctorate from Princeton University, where he is currently a professor of religion.

The Event Features the Following Expert Respondents:

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra; the Special Assistant to the Bishop for Welcoming Congregations for the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

Marcos Vargas; the founding Executive Director of the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), a community-based social movement organization serving the California central coast.

Contact Info

  • Contact Name: Olivia Marcey
  • Contact Phone: (805) 493-3694
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