Portland’s spiritual agenda includes remaking religion, Occupy movement and …

kathleen-kennedy-linfield.jpegView full sizeKathleen Kennedy Townsend founded the Maryland Student Service Alliance, which requires young people to engage in community service as a condition of graduation. She’s in residence at Linfield College from March 5-9.Humanism and the remaking of religion, a dialogue between Occupy Portland protesters and faith leaders and one woman’s vision of higher education are all on the spiritual docket in our area in the next week. All three events are free and open to the public.

“Living Humanism: Material Culture and the Remaking of Religion” is a one-day symposium Thursday at Lewis Clark College’s Gregg Pavilion. Panel discussions with regional scholars are from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and a keynote address by Anthony B. Pinn of Rice University and director of research for the Institute for Humanist Studies in Washington, D.C. begins at 7:30 p.m. His topic is “What Are We To Each Other? Thoughts of Ethics in the Age of ‘None.'”

Occupy Portland — What’s Next,” an informal meeting of protesters and faith leaders begins at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 26) at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 S.W. Park Ave. Occupy Portland leaders have been invited to talk about their experiences, how religious groups have been involved in the protest and might be in the future.

“The College: Our Shining City on the Hill,” a lecture by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College. Townsend is the eldest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, a former lieutenant governor of Maryland and author of “Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches Are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way.” She is in residence at Linfield from March 5-9.

–- Nancy Haught


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