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Seventh Annual Prophetic Voices in the Church Lecture

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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former lieutenant governor of Maryland and oldest daughter of Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy, is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy and a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In this lecture Townsend discusses her book Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches Are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way (Grand Central Publishing, 2007). “The city on the hill was not an individual on the hill, it was a city in which we are supposed to care for one another,” she notes in discussing the importance religion has played in her upbringing and in many nationwide movements, from feminism to civil rights. Townsend says “the Church is afraid of women,” and describes the “devastation of being condemned” for her beliefs on abortion rights. She asserts that it is her role “to stay and try to make changes.”

Format: Lecture
Length: 46:14

Presenter(s): Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Date: November 7, 2007

Location: Gasson 100

Sponsor(s): Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

URL: http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/townsend/

The information on this page is accurate as of November 2007