[act-ma] Tikkun Phone Forum on MLK Day: Radical Christianity with Gary Dorrien

Dave Belden magazine at tikkun.org
Sun Jan 17 17:42:53 PST 2010

    A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. -- Martin Luther King

The Christian revolutionary tradition has risen, died and risen again through the centuries. In the 20th century it was not by any means solely promoted by Martin Luther King. It also lived vividly in many movements and groups from the Social Gospel of Walter Rauschenbusch through Liberation Theology to more recent feminist and queer theology. 

Few scholars know the long history of radical Christian thought and practice better than Gary Dorrien, the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and professor of religion at Columbia University. An Episcopal priest and author of thirteen books, he has a long history of involvement in anti-imperialist and racial justice organizations. In the last two issues of Tikkun, in "Society as the Subject of Redemption: The Relevance of the Social Gospel" (available at http://www.tikkun.org/article.php/nov_dec_09_dorrien) and "Commonwealth Economics: Christian Socialism as Tradition and Problem" (not available online until March 1, so buy your copy at a bookstore or online here), Dorrien took a lucid and brilliant look at radical Christian social thinking.

Tomorrow, Monday January 18, Gary Dorrien is my guest on the Tikkun Phone Forum at 6 pm Pacific time, 9 pm Eastern time. You are invited to join us:

Call 1 888 346 3950 and ENTER CODE 11978#. 

There is no phone charge to you. We pick up the charge as our thanks to our subscribers and financial supporters. All readers of this email are invited to phone in for free to the Tikkun Phone Forum once, and then we ask that if you have not already done so you subscribe to the magazine, or join our support and teaching organization the Network of Spiritual Progressives, or donate to us, since those are the three ways we survive to create the magazine, this blog, and our conferences. If you really cannot afford to contribute, you are welcome to participate, but please try to bring in some friends who can!

I tend to set up the Phone Forum interviews during the last few days of our deadline mania for a print edition of Tikkun, when I at last know whose article is appearing for certain in the magazine and whose Phone Forum appearance can therefore be promoted in their article. I forget that there are religious and national holidays I should be paying attention to. So it was pure coincidence that we have one of the world's experts on radical Christian thought on MLK Day. But it is appropriate to highlight the entire Christian radical tradition in which MLK worked and lived.

If you can before the call, please first read Gary Dorrien's articles.

To get full details about the Phone Forum please check at www.tikkun.org or see "Don't Miss the Phone Forum!" on our blog at http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2009/10/01/dont-miss-the-phone-forum/. 

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Looking forward to talking with you,

Dave Belden, Managing Editor, Tikkun Magazine.

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