Rich Procida • Joseph Dowd • Rev. Bert Newton
Sunday, October 13, 3:15 p.m.
Religion, particularly Christianity, is controversial among Leftists. Some view religion as a cause of many of the world’s problems and regard Christianity with suspicion. While there are progressives of every faith, the combination of the words “progressive” and “Christian” may seem like a contradiction in terms. Yet Progressive Christians are called by their faith to engage in social justice advocacy. This panel will discuss the influence of Christianity on the Western world and the historical and theological development of Progressive Christianity. The panel will describe the differences between Evangelical Christianity and Progressive Christianity and address the theological, legal, and political implications of Progressive Christian activism. The panel will aim to heal divisions and misunderstandings around Christianity and politics.
Rich Procida is an author, attorney, and activist who studied constitutional law under Jamie Raskin at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the co-author of a textbook on foreign comparative constitutional law, and he has written multiple articles on impeachment for LAProgressive.com. He speaks to Democratic and progressive groups about impeachment. He writes about religion and politics for LAProgressive.com, blogs about scripture, politics, and the supernatural at ModernLectionaries.blogspot.com, and produces a podcast called “Bible Study for Progressives.
Joseph Dowd is a professor of philosophy at California State University San Bernardino and an amateur scholar of religion. His current research interests are medieval Christian philosophy and Indian Buddhism. Although his beliefs are somewhat vague at present, Joseph has a deep appreciation for the Christian and especially Catholic intellectual tradition and believes that it contains many progressive insights for those with eyes to see.
Rev. Bert Newton is author of Subversive Wisdom; Sociopolitical Dimensions of John’s Gospel and an organizer with the Greater Pasadena Affordable Housing Group. He has also organized over the last 20 years to end U.S. imperialism, the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and economic inequality.