In this conversation, they will discuss the role of interfaith and interreligious witness and dialogue in a nation facing a dangerous resurgence of white Christian nationalism. They will share their perspectives on the on the role of religious leaders in combatting religious and cultural intolerance. Additionally, the conversation will explore the role of film in expanding the moral imaginary especially in a time of book banning and racialized history.
Jeremy V. Cruz is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. A social ethicist, his research investigates relationships between morality, public theology, and social movements. He has published in academic journals such as American Catholic Studies and the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, and popular venues like America Magazine and the National Catholic Reporter. His forthcoming book, titled Equality and Catholic Social Teaching: Advancing an Emerging Tradition, deepens the integration of Catholic social thought with moral theories of equality. Dr. Cruz earned his Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College and has served as a board member of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) and as co-chair of the Latinx Religion, Culture & Society Group of the American Academy of Religion.
Simran Jeet Singh, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Religion & Society Program at the Aspen Institute and national bestselling author of The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life. Simran is a Visiting Professor of history and religion at Union Theological Seminary, a Senior Adviser on Equity and Inclusion for YSC Consulting, and a Soros Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundations. He is a regular contributor to major news outlets on topics related to religious pluralism, religious freedom, diversity and equity, and in addition to his monthly column for Religion News Service, his work has been featured in The Washington Post, CNN, and TIME Magazine. In 2018, Simran received the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Award from Harvard University for his work in religious pluralism. He lives in New York City with his family.
Both guests in this Just Conversation are members of EDS at Union’s “Expanding the Moral Imaginary Through Film” cohort. More information about the program and cohort members can be found here.
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