Religious Progressives in the Public Square

Distinguished Panel to Discuss the Comeback of Religious Progressives

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

October 10, 2007, New York, NY

Jerry Falwell has passed away, but religion and politics remain strongly intertwined in the United States. Presidential hopefuls speak often about their religious faith. The “religious right” may be in decline, but religious progressives are again becoming visible in the public square.

Three author-participants in the current debate will talk about the comeback of religious progressives in “Religious Progressives in the Public Square,” a public forum at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13 at The Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City.

The distinguished panel will include Randall Balmer, Mark Ellingsen, and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. The program is being sponsored by JTS’s Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies. Dr. Alan Mittleman, director of the Finkelstein Institute and professor of Jewish philosophy at JTS, will moderate.


Alan Mittleman

Randall Balmer

Mark Ellingsen

Kathleen Kennedy

A professor of American Religious History at Barnard College; Dr. Balmer is a progressive Evangelical and the author of Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America: An Evangelical’s Lament. Dr. Ellingsen is a professor of Church History at Atlanta’s Interdenominational Theological Center, an historic black seminary, and the author of How Did Jesus Become a Republican? Rescuing Our Country and Our Values From The Right: Strategies for a Post-Bush America. Kennedy Townsend is the former lieutenant governor of Maryland and a life-long participant in politics who has written Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches Are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way.

Admission is free; reservations are required by calling (212) 280-6093 or emailing. Attendees are requested to have photo IDs available and arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the program to allow sufficient time for registration.

Editors/Reporters: To attend the lecture or for further information, please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678-8953.

Founded in 1886 as a rabbinical school, The Jewish Theological Seminary today is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism worldwide, encompassing a world-class library and five schools. JTS trains tomorrow's religious, educational, academic, and lay leaders for the Jewish community and beyond.