- Thursday | January 22, 2015 to Saturday | January 24, 2015
- All Day
St. Paul’s, in partnership with the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies (CEIRS), is hosting a timely and provocative webcast from Trinity Church, Wall Street on January 22-24.
Economic inequality in the United States is a pervasive, overwhelming issue. Our society is increasingly made up of have and have-nots, and this consistently widening gap represents a condition decried by the prophets, forcefully addressed by Jesus, and singled out by a number of contemporary voices in economics and public policy as a serious but correctable obstacle to human thriving.
The conference begins on Thursday evening, January 22, at 7 p.m. with a sermon by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, followed by a keynote address by Dr. Cornel West. Over the next two days, January 23-24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., other keynoters will address the topics: Is Inequality Sinful?; Class Matters; What Can We Do About Economic Inequality?; and The Agape Economy: The Church’s Call to Action.
In addition to Archbishop Welby and Dr. West, other keynoters include Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed; Juliet Schor, a sociologist at Boston College and author of The Overworked American and The Overspent American; and the Rt. Rev. Julio Murray, Bishop of Panama. Each keynoter is followed by a panel discussion. Those attending our site will then participate in a guided reflection session on each topic facilitated by local resource people.
The Thursday evening worship service is free to all. The cost of the conference Friday & Saturday is $40. Lunch is also available on January 23-24 for an additional $10 per day. Creating Common Good is not just for clergy, but for all those who are dedicated to struggling for economic justice.