Cal State Fullerton's Comparative Religion Student Association and the Religious Diversity Forum are hosting a symposium tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. titled “From Social Service to Social Change: The Public Role of Religion in Los Angeles.”
The symposium will examine Southern California's
Benjamin Hubbard, CSUF's emeritus professor of comparative religion, will introduce the symposium and give opening remarks, followed by an address from Richard Flory, associate director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC.
Flory says significant demographic and political events over the last 20 years have altered the landscape of Los Angeles and the faith community, with faith groups becoming expected partners in dealing with social issues.
Flory will discuss those developments, and argue that while the public presence of the faith community has dramatically increased over the last 20 years, it has yet to reach its potential as a moral voice in the public square of the Los Angeles region.
Other speakers include Jeanette Reedy Solano, CSUF assistant professor of comparative religion, and Ananda Guruge, CSUF lecturer in comparative religion and a former Sri Lankan ambassador.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $2 an hour or $8 for a daily permit.
Location: CSUF Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion, 800 N. State College Blvd. in Fullerton
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