Tales from the Mailbag

So I work at a place where I get to write about religion, and guess what I got yesterday in the mail, totally unsolicited:

That’s right, it is the Annual Religion Newswriters Conference! Apparently! I guess?

I had no idea such a thing existed, and I have a few things to say about it at a latter date but, for now, read more to see some of the convention’s program.

Putting Faith in Politics
Political strategists for both parties discuss the roles faith communities have played in this year’s campaign.

Strangers and Aliens Among Us
How are faith communities responding to immigrants? How do congregations welcome worshippers who may be precious in the eyes of God but illegal in the eyes of the state?

We Believe in No God, and You Shouldn’t Either
Probing the dynamics of atheism and secularism, this panel examines the different perspectives of those who seek morals and meaning beyond religion.

2008 National Survey of Religion and Politics
Politics expert John Green from the University of Akron will release data that offers a baseline for assessing the role of religion in the 2008 presidential election.

Sourcing Islam: Nuanced Reporting on a Contested Faith
How do you get responsible and informed views from within the Islamic community? This panel will help you find credible sources on Islam and understand where they stand on the Muslim political, theological and social spectrum.

The Challenge of Catholic Schools
Why are parochial schools closing in some areas, growing in others or changing to meet modern realities? We’ll review trends in Catholic parochial education. and Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., will speak about unique solutions he tried to keep open inner-city Catholic schools.

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I want to write a bit about this later but, for now, comments?

3 Replies to “Tales from the Mailbag”

  1. He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, science for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable an ignorable war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.AlbertEinsteinAlbert Einstein

  2. When I first glanced at the picture I saw NRA and did a double take.

    Oh my, that’s quite an assortment of programs from this solicitation. Do you plan on going? At the very least, it’s probably an eye-opening experience with networking opportunities =P The programs themselves seem only related at the fringe to your writing. It would have been nice of them to include Buddhism in there, but I guess they settled with “We Believe in No God, and You Shouldn’t Either”

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