WBEZ | Fourth Presbyterian Church http://www.wbez.org/content/fourth-presbyterian-church Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Voice of Moderate Muslims http://www.wbez.org/voice-moderate-muslims-105337 <p><p>Have you ever wondered, &ldquo;Where are all the moderate Muslims, and why don&rsquo;t they speak out against terrorism?&rdquo; Join us on Wednesday, February 6 when <strong>Imam Feisal</strong> helps explore that question and others as he reads from and comments on his most recent book, <em>Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America.</em></p><div>Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is one of the most noted and influential Muslim voices for moderation in the world today. He understands Islam as a religion committed to peace, pluralism, tolerance, and, above all, love of God and fellow human beings regardless of faith&mdash;a view of Islam shared by the vast majority of the world&rsquo;s 1.7 billion Muslims but so absent from the portrait painted by the words and deeds of extremists that dominate the media coverage.</div><div>In this February 6 program&mdash;part of the Gratz Center Community Grand Opening events at Fourth Presbyterian Church&mdash;Imam Feisal will talk about his mission &ldquo;to reclaim religious and political discoursefrom the extremists of all faiths who dominate so many of the headlines.&rdquo; As he notes, &ldquo;the real fault line in global religion and politics is not that between the Muslim world and the West, but rather between political and religious moderates of all faiths and extremists of all faiths.&rdquo;</div><div>Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative as well as a member of Interfaith Center of New York, Imam Feisal has been called on by the administrations of both Presidents Bush and Obama to be an emissary of peace and understanding between America and Islam and has received numerous honors, including being named one of the 100 most influential people of the world by Time magazine and one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010 by Foreign Policy magazine.</div><div>Imam Feisel will be signing books at the reception following this talk; books will be available for purchase.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://www.fourthchurch.org/community/interfaith/index.html">here.</a></div></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/voice-moderate-muslims-105337 A Civil Conversation between Evangelicals and Mormons http://www.wbez.org/civil-conversation-between-evangelicals-and-mormons-103131 <p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Join Dr. Richard J. Mouw and Dr. Robert Millet for a timely and thought-provoking dialogue that takes a closer look at the commonalities and differences between Evangelicals and Mormons.</p><p>President of Fuller Seminary, Dr. Mouw is a leading voice in initiating civil dialogue with other faith communities. In his recent book, <em>Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals </em>(2012), he emphasizes that &ldquo;understanding Mormonism isn&rsquo;t just about being nice, it&rsquo;s a Christian mandate.&rdquo; It is important, Mouw states, to move beyond denunciation to dialogue, allowing both parties to express differences and explore common ground.</p><p>Dr. Millet, who is Professor of Religion and Dean Emeritus of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, is a co-leader with Mouw in Evangelical-Mormon dialogue and is also a speaker and author of many books, including <em>Bridging the Divide: The Continuing Conversation between a Mormon and an Evangelical </em>(coauthored with Gregory C.V. Johnson and Craig L. Blomberg).&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Reservations requested to help with planning.<br />Call 312-573-3364 or email <a href="mailto:dfedaj@fourthchurch.org">dfedaj@fourthchurch.org</a></p></p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/civil-conversation-between-evangelicals-and-mormons-103131 NATO in the 21st Century: Hearing both sides of the debate http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-11/nato-21st-century-hearing-both-sides-debate <p><p>On May 20-21, 2012, leaders from around the world will gather in Chicago for the NATO Summit.&nbsp; Some view the summit as an opportunity to showcase Chicago to the world, while others object to the work of NATO and are planning large-scale protests.&nbsp; What are citizens of Chicago to make of all the controversy?&nbsp; What is the purpose of NATO and why does it's work receive such strong protests?&nbsp; For answers to these questions and others join <em>Worldview</em>'s <strong>Jerome McDonnell</strong>, for an in-depth discussion.</p><p>Panelists include:</p><p><strong>Bernard Harcourt</strong> is an accomplished author and political theory scholar. He is a professor of law and political science as well as the Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago. His interests include social and political theory, the sociology of punishment, and penal law and procedure.</p><p><strong>Kathy Kelly</strong> is the co-coordinator of <em>Voices for Creative Nonviolence,</em> a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare abroad. She has visited countries affected by U.S. military and sanctions numerous times. She has spent most of her life trying to defy economic sanctions and stifle the cycle of poverty, military occupation and depravation in territories such as the West Bank, Gaza, Pakistan and Afghanistan using nonviolence.</p><p><strong>J.D. Bindenagel</strong> is DePaul University’s vice president for Community, Government, and International Affairs. He spent 28 years &nbsp;with the U.S. State Department, serving in a variety of positions including: a U.S. Chargé d'Affaires and deputy chief of mission in the U.S. Embassy, Bonn, Germany, and director for Central European Affairs in the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs at the State Department from 1992 to 1994.&nbsp; &nbsp;Bindenagel was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1999 as U.S. Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust issues and reached agreements on World War II-era forced labor, insurance, art, property restitution, and Holocaust education, research and remembrance.</p><p><strong>William Schweiker </strong>is a distinguished theologian and author specializing in theological ethics at the University of Chicago. His recent academic interests include comparative religious ethics, hermeneutical philosophy and exploring the theological and ethical questions of global dynamics.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/ICON_ticket_event%20listing%20icon_2.png" style="float: left;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Pre-registration for this event is now closed; walk-ups are welcome!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This event is a co-production of Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) and Fourth Presbyterian Church, as part of “Michigan Avenue Forums at Fourth Presbyterian Church” which aims to promote civic formation within the Chicagoland community by presenting a series of events that feature important thinkers and public leaders in live lecture or debate format, discussing current issues of civic and ethical priority.</div></p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-11/nato-21st-century-hearing-both-sides-debate Religion and Ideology in the Attacks on New York, Mumbai, and Oslo http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-09-07/religion-and-ideology-attacks-new-york-mumbai-and-oslo <p><p>A Michigan Avenue Forum on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11<br> Presented by Michael Sells<br> <br> Those who carried out the terror attacks in New York, Mumbai, and Oslo shared a worldview: they saw their religion, culture, and way of life as under assault. In their mind, the enemy was subtle, inexorable, and pervasive, made up of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, the “Judeo-Christian culture,” and the West, as well as liberals and Marxists.<br> <br> As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, we pause to understand how such ideologies emerge and how they mimic one another, so that by better comprehending the religious and cultural influences that help shape them and by learning about the different political lobbies and governments that have aided them, we can, as responsible citizens, know better how to respond.<br> <br> Michael Sells will lead us through an exploration of religious ideas of the world’s end, remembrances of martyrs of the past, and militant interpretations of the Qu’'an and the Bible so that we might begin to build a better understanding.<br> <br> <strong>Michael Sells</strong> is Professor of Islamic History and Literature in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, where religion and violence is one of his primary areas of study. Dr. Sells works with the Divinity School’s Martin Marty Center, which brings scholarly perspectives to bear on religious questions facing the wider public.&nbsp; His upcoming book <em>The God of War: America in a World of Religion</em>, focuses on questions particularly pertinent to understanding religious violence in general and provides particular context to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.<br> <br> Michigan Avenue Forums at Fourth Presbyterian Church promote civic formation within the Chicagoland community by presenting a series of events that feature important thinkers and public leaders in live lecture or debate format, discussing current issues of civic and ethical priority.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/event/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-19/ICON_ticket_event listing icon.png" title="" width="64" height="54"> To make your reservation this event, please <a href="http://www.fourthchurch.org/michiganave.html#registration">click here for additional details</a>.</p></p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 09:16:50 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-09-07/religion-and-ideology-attacks-new-york-mumbai-and-oslo Marking the Day: The 10th Anniversary of 9-11 (Fourth Church discussion) http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-09-12/marking-the-day-fourth-church-discussion <p><p>September 11, 2011 will mark the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. As commemorations and memorials are planned across the country, including a declared National Day of Service, what are we to remember, both individually and as a country? Is remembering enough, or should it also be a day of reflection and inquiry about what we have learned, what we do and do not talk about, and what the day means for us now and into the future?</p><p>To explore these questions, the Project on Civic Reflection, in partnership with WBEZ, the Illinois Humanities Council, and Fourth Presbyterian Church, will lead three community discussions on the morning of September 12. We invite Chicagoans from all across the city to think and talk together about 9-11, its aftermath, and what it should mean going forward.</p><p>This event will be a structured but open-ended dialogue (with up to 30 people) to explore the aftermath of 9-11 and what it means to mark this day.&nbsp; A PCR facilitator will guide the discussion, asking participants to discuss what the day meant (or seemed to mean) 10 years ago, what it means now in the aftermath of domestic and global events including war and remembrance, and what each of us hopes it will mean going forward--in terms of what we remember and how we act in the world.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/event/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-12/ICON_ticket_event%20listing%20icon.png" title="" height="54" width="64"> <em>This event is full; no more reservations are available</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-09-12/marking-the-day-south-side-bureau-discussion">Click here</a> to register for the discussion at WBEZ's South Side Bureau (6957 S. Halsted Street).<br><a href="http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-09-12/marking-the-day-north-side-bureau-discussion">Click here</a> to register for the discussion at WBEZ's North Side Bureau (2913 W. Devon Avenue).</p></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 12:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-09-12/marking-the-day-fourth-church-discussion This I Believe: An Evening with Bob Edwards http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-12-08/i-believe-evening-bob-edwards <p><p>Of all of life&rsquo;s big questions, &ldquo;What do you believe?&rdquo; is one of the most important. And for many, the answer may be one of the hardest to actually put into words. By asking individuals to write and share their personal philosophies, This I Believe hopes to encourage people to express the core principles that guide their daily lives, and to develop acceptance of&mdash;and even respect for&mdash;beliefs different from one&rsquo;s own.</p><br /><p><span id="ctl00_content1_lblDescription"><br />Join us for a special exploration of personal belief with public radio host <strong>Bob Edwards</strong> and <strong>Dan Gediman</strong>, Executive Director of This I Believe. Hear audio excerpts from Edward R. Murrow&rsquo;s original 1950s series as well as live readings by local essayists who have contributed to this amazing collection.&nbsp; Learn more about the history of the project and the thinking behind the contemporary essays shared on stage, as Bob Edwards sits down with each essayist to talk more about their own personal philosophy.<br /><br />CONTRIBUTE: If you would like to contribute your own essay to This I Believe, explore these&nbsp;<a href="http://thisibelieve.org/guidelines/" target="_blank">guidelines</a> for more information, and then be sure to&nbsp;<a href="http://thisibelieve.org/submission/?radioID=41" target="_blank">submit</a> by Friday,&nbsp;November 5&nbsp;to be entered to win a pair of tickets to this event. Select entries will also be published on wbez.org!<br /></span></p><p><span id="ctl00_content1_lblDescription"><strong>This I Believe</strong> is an international project engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. More than 90,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, have now been collected: archived online, heard on public radio, chronicled through books, and featured in weekly podcasts. This I Believe is pleased to have support from Kellogg's Corn Flakes<strong><span>&reg;</span></strong>. Throughout 2010, Kellogg is helping to launch exciting new initiatives to encourage elder Americans to share their statements of belief.</span></p><p>Admission:<br />$15/general admission<br />$12/WBEZ members<br />$10/students (with valid&nbsp;ID) and seniors (60 and over)</p><p><b>NOTE:&nbsp; &quot;This I Believe: An Evening with Bob Edwards&quot; is SOLD OUT.&nbsp; A waiting list (for unredeemed tickets) will be created on a 'first come, first served' basis beginning promptly at 6:00PM on December 8 but there are NO GUARANTEES of available tickets.</b><br /><br /><img src="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/sites/default/files/ticket_1.png" alt="" /><span id="ctl00_content1_lblTickets"><a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce?ecommerce=store_list&amp;ts=1283275338339&amp;store_id=7881" target="_blank">Click here to buy other tickets in the Off-Air&nbsp;Event Series</a></span></p><p><span style="font-weight: bold;" id="ctl00_content1_labelSponsoredBy">This event is sponsored in part by:</span></p><div id="ctl00_content1_panelSponsorLogos"><br /> <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/" title="The Chicago Reader" target="_blank" style="border: medium none ; margin-left: 25px;"><img src="" alt="" title="The Chicago Reader" style="border-width: 0px;" /></a><a href="http://www2.kelloggs.com/" title="Kellogg" target="_blank" style="border: medium none ; margin-left: 25px;"><img src="" alt="" title="Kellogg" style="border-width: 0px;" /></a><a href="http://thisibelieve.org/" title="This I Believe" target="_blank" style="border: medium none ; margin-left: 25px;"><img src="" alt="" title="This I Believe" style="border-width: 0px;" /></a><a href="http://www.fourthchurch.org/" title="Fourth Presbyterian Church" target="_blank" style="border: medium none ; margin-left: 25px;"><img src="" alt="" title="Fourth Presbyterian Church" style="border-width: 0px;" /></a><a href="http://www.jot.org/" title="Neighborhood Writing Alliance" target="_blank" style="border: medium none ; margin-left: 25px;"><img src="" alt="" title="Neighborhood Writing Alliance" style="border-width: 0px;" /></a></div></p> Wed, 01 Sep 2010 22:16:48 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-12-08/i-believe-evening-bob-edwards