Celebrating the launch of Kairos: The Center on Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary

As the Poverty Initiative celebrates 10 years of raising up religious and community leaders in the movement to end poverty, we are excited to announce the launch of Kairos*: The Center on Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary. 

We invite you to join us! Register today

November 15, 2013

9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Union Theological Seminary

New York City, NY


We will gather with scholars and activists from struggles around the globe to look at the positive and negative roles religion plays in the fight for dignity, freedom and justice.

Participants will include Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock (Ebenezer Baptist Church), Abdullahi An-Na’im (Emory University School of Law), Rev. Jennifer Butler (Faith in Public Life), Rachel Feldman (Bend the Arc), Martin Johnstone (Church of Scotland), Albert Ngubane (Abahlali baseMjondolo or the South African Shackdwellers Movement), leaders from Nuns on the Bus,  Rev. William Barber II (Moral Mondays Movement), Poverty Initiative Poverty Scholars organizations, and many more.

The day long symposium will conclude with a reflection and celebration of the sources of hope for the realization of the new reality that is struggling to be born.

Background on Kairos:

We live in a time of tremendous possibility but also great peril for the dignity and rights of people around the globe, a time that demands decisive action based on serious reflection and analysis.  Waves of mass movements--the 2008 global food riots, the Arab Spring and the 2011 Occupy protests--have given dramatic voice to widespread popular demands for dignity and rights.

Kairos: the Center on Religion, Rights and Social Justice aims to strengthen a mutually beneficial and reinforcing relationship between the world’s religions and the global struggle for human rights by challenging the efforts which seek to create conflict between them. Through rigorous scholarship, applied research, and reciprocal education and practice with scholars and movement leaders, it works to contribute to urgently needed transformative movements for social change that can draw on the strengths of both religions and human rights. 

* Kairos is an ancient Greek word for a time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action; the opportune and decisive moment; also a moment when the eternal breaks into history.

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