John Wilcox to Present on The Challenges Facing Religious Institutions at the James Luther Adams Forum on March 31

In honor of James Luther Adams, a theologian and social ethicist, Manhattan College will host the 15th annual James Luther Adams Forum on religion and society.

In honor of James Luther Adams, a theologian and social ethicist, Manhattan College will host the 15th annual James Luther Adams Forum on religion and society on Thursday, March 31 at 4:00 p.m. in the Scala Academy Room in Leo Hall. John Wilcox, Ph.D., director for the Center of Lasallian Studies at Manhattan College and professor emeritus of religious studies, will speak on the topic, Together and by Association: The Legacy of James Luther Adams and the Future of Religious Colleges and Universities.

Wilcox will discuss the challenges facing colleges and universities sponsored by religious congregations and dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as by those educational institutions sponsored by mainline Christian denominations. As members of the congregations and clergy continue to decline in numbers on the Catholic campuses, these colleges and universities are in danger of losing their Catholic culture and the religious heritage of the founding congregation.

By connecting James Luther Adams’ theory of voluntary associations, religious congregations and the institutional future of all religious colleges and universities, Wilcox will propose a new living endowment, the mission community — a contemporary voluntary association. Wilcox, a former Marist brother, is the author of one of the two monographs on Adams titled Taking Time Seriously: James Luther Adams (1978), and is an author and co-author of several books about religious higher education.

Gary Dorrien, Ph.D., Reinhold Niebuhr professor of social ethics at Union Theological Seminary and professor of religion at Columbia University, will also serve as the respondent of the forum. He has written about Adams particularly in his book The Making of American Liberal Theology: Crisis, Irony, & Postmodernity 1950-2005.

The James Luther Adams Foundation, whose mission is to promote the thought and work of James Luther Adams, sponsors the forum.

The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served. To attend the lecture, please R.S.V.P. by March 22 to Charity Njau by phone at (718) 862-7734 or e-mail cnjau.student@manhattan.edu.