The First Unitarian Church of Ithaca invites the public to a forum series, “The Morals Behind the Headlines: Election 2004,” from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings, Sept. 30 – Nov. 4 (the Sept. 30 program will begin at 7 p.m. to enable participants to return home to view the presidential debate schedule for 9 p.m. that evening), at the First Unitarian Church Annex, 208 E. Buffalo Street in Ithaca.
Led by Interim Minister Richard Gilbert, who will moderate, the series will focus on the value dimensions of the issues voters will face in the 2004 elections. There will be opening presentations by resource people, ethical reflection by Rev. Gilbert and time for discussion. Topics will include public education, church and state separation, Iraq and the just war, social justice and the economy, health care and the question of theocracy in the United States. Each session is a free-standing program.
For information call 273-7521.
Sept. 30: Is the “No Child Left Behind” Program Working? Dave Lehman, recently retired head of the Alternatives School
Oct. 7: Church and State – Politics and Religion. The Moral Imperative of Citizenship – Prof. Isaac Kramnick, Vice Provost and Professor of Government, Cornell University
Oct. 14: Foreign Policy and Iraq. Is Pre-emptive War Ever Justified? Walter LaFeber, Professor Emeritus of History at Cornell University
Oct. 21: Health Care: Is It a Human Right? Dr. Susan Soberoff, Physician, and members of the Tompkins County Health Care Coalition
Oct. 28: Professor Thomas Hirschl, Professor of Development Sociology, and Director of the Population and Development Program, Cornell University
Nov. 4: Are We in Danger of Becoming a Theocracy? An Election Retrospective – Joan Bokaer, Theocracy Watch