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Houston’s Faith Elders: Social Justice, Social Change in the Presence of the Divine

Conversation with Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza, Rabbi Samuel Karff, and Rev. William Lawson*
Moderated by Melanie Lawson, award winning journalist
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7pm

*UPDATE: We are sorry to announce that Rev. Lawson is recovering from surgery and will not be able to participate in this program. While we will miss his presence, we look forward to the conversation between Rabbi Karff, Archbishop Fiorenza, and Melanie Lawson.

How can a shared concept of the Divine inspire three faith leaders to collaboratively address issues of social justice in Houston? The “three amigos” Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza, Rabbi Samuel Karff, and Rev. William Lawson share their interfaith work and how it’s influenced their own spirituality and ministry in service to the community, moderated by Melanie Lawson, award winning journalist. Rabbi Karff is Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Beth Israel; Archbishop Fiorenza is Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-Houston; and Rev. Lawson is the founding pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. Working together they have tackled some of Houston's most challenging problems, including homelessness, juvenile incarceration, and fair housing. A reception follows the program.

Concept of the Divine series provides a unique opportunity for speakers to share how their personal concept of the Divine has changed over time and shaped their lives, their service to the community, and views about their place in the cosmos.

Series events include:
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7pm | Through the Spoken Word--Reflections on the Sacred: Poetry Reading and Conversation with Willis, Aliki, and Tony Barnstone in partnership with Saint Julian Press
Click here for more information.

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7pm | Feminist Perspectives of the Divine in Islam: Conversation with Asma Uddin, Director of Strategy for the Center of Islam and Religious Freedom
Click here for more information.

Thursday, December 15, 2016
7:00 PM

Conversation Rabbi Samuel Karff, Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza, and Rev. William Lawson