Series Links Spiritual Landscape And Decision-Making
February 2, 2006
By FRANCES GRANDY TAYLOR, Courant Staff Writer
Religious movements and institutions
increasingly influence people's decision-making - not just in their
personal lives but socially and politically, says Carl Dudley, an
emeritus professor at Hartford Seminary.
"When you look at abortion, immigration,
prayer in the workplace or even the decision to support a particular
political candidate, we are recognizing more the religious dimensions
of these issues and also how these religious centers are a growing
[area] of power," Dudley said.
To give local professionals, community
leaders and interested citizens a better understanding of these
issues, Dudley has developed an eight-week program called "The
Hartford Religious Landscape From Within."
The program will explore some of the
most active religious communities in the Hartford area, from established
faiths such as Judaism and Islam to emerging movements such as Pentecostalism
in the Hispanic community, to the beliefs of people of faith who
are not members of a denomination.
"One of the fastest-growing groups
right now are what we call `unaffiliated believers' - people who
do not identify with any religious institution, who are believers
without belonging," Dudley said.
The Rev. Gary Miller of Asylum Hill
Congregational Church in Hartford, the Rev. Leroy Bailey of First
Cathedral in Bloomfield and Bishop Jeremias Torres of Iglesia Casa
de Restauracion in Hartford will be among the speakers during the
The sessions will take place at selected
churches, a synagogue and a mosque, and representatives from religious
communities will discuss issues with scholars and experts from the
seminary, the Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public
Life at Trinity College and Leadership Greater Hartford. Sessions
will be archived on the seminary's website and videotaped for further
"The Hartford Religious Landscape
From Within" starts Monday and will meet weekly through March
27, from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $25 per session, which includes
lunch and parking, or $175 for the series. For more information,
call Hartford Seminary at 860-509-9555.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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