Is Faith Under Attack?

I recently accepted an invitation to serve as a panelist for a community forum in Indianapolis that promises to address some difficult issues that have been central to our state’s recent debates about civil rights and religious freedom.

Questions such as: “Does religious freedom necessarily conflict with LGBT rights?” “How should people of faith handle rapid social change?” And, “Can the church help a diverse society find ways to live in harmony?”

The forum is titled “Is Faith Under Attack: A Conversation about Civil Rights and Religious Liberty.” It is the second in a series of forums related to the #RightsForAll campaign, which is being sponsored by The Indianapolis Star and the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace, Reconciliation, and Global Justice, which is based at Butler University.

My fellow panelists will be Dr. Kevin R. Baird, field director of the Indiana Pastors Alliance; Dr. Matthew Boulton, president of Christian Theological Seminary; and Rev. Andrew Hunt III, senior pastor of New Life Community Church. Tim Swarens, the opinion editor and columnist for The Star, will be the moderator.

The forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, at Shelton Auditorium, Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis.

The event is free but guests need to register because seating is limited to 400 people and tickets are expected to “sell out” quickly. You can register here.

There also will be a live webcast of the forum on The Indianapolis Star website.