Date: Friday, November 8, 1:00 – 6:00 pm; Saturday, November 9, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Steven D. Paulikas and Chris Lee
As our country endures one of the stormiest seasons in its political history, the witness of its faith leaders is more important than ever. Like many dissenting voices, however, progressive religious perspectives are too often either dismissed outright or confined to conversations happening far from the public square. This course aims to foster the skills necessary to conceive, write and place articles in the opinion sections of daily print newspapers and various online outlets. First, students study successful opinion writing from a faith perspective, then they focus on developing students’ own ideas in a workshop environment. Students will be required to bring at least a pitch, and preferably a rough draft of a piece, to the first session.
The Rev. Steven D. Paulikas has served at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn, since in June 2011. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Episcopal Relief and Development and the Board of Governors of the Episcopal Church at Yale, and he facilitates the process of discernment for holy orders through the Commission on Ministry of the Diocese of Long Island. He is a candidate for the DPhil in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford. While a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Steven co-chaired the New York Term Member Advisory Council. His opinion writing has recently appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Quartz, and his essay on the political response to evil is featured in Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments: A Stone Reader. He is a graduate of the General Theological Seminary, the University of Cambridge, and Yale University. Prior to attending seminary, Steven was a journalist based in Vilnius, Lithuania