Our 2020–21 Consider This conversation series is all about democracy and civic engagement—how it works, who gets to participate, and how it can fail. On January 19, we were joined by Emma Green, a staff writer at The Atlantic who covers politics, policy, and religion. We talked about how faith overlaps with voting, running for office, volunteering, and other ways people interact with democracy in the United States.
In 2019, Emma Green won three first-place awards from the Religion News Association, and America magazine and the Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale recently named her the laureate of the 2020 George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts, & Letters. Emma has spoken at universities across the U.S., and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR. She lives in New York City.
Consider This is made possible thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oregon Cultural Trust, Northwest Natural, Tonkon Torp LLP, Stoel Rives LLP, the Kinsman Foundation, and the City of Portland's We Are Better Together program. This program was funded by the “Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This event is cosponsored by League of Women Voters of Portland.
4 comments have been posted.
This was so wonderful, thank you Emma Green for sharing your time and ideas, and to OH for providing this opportunity. Much appreciated.
Katie Woollven | January 2021 |
Thank you for this conversation
Cam | January 2021 |
Do you find that Liberals and Conservatives find different, or even opposite, meaning for the same words? ie: faith, freedom, family, caring, need, American, etc.
Yvette M Clark | January 2021 | Nehalem
As a Boomer I remember "civil religion", based in Christianity which had as Ms. Green says enfolded Catholics, Protestants of all stripes including the Black churches, Jews, in a sort of semi-secular moral common ground Earlier in the 20th, based on stories I heard from older people, marriages between Catholic and Protestant were frowned on. My Catholic mom thought Protestants had horns before she went to the public HS. But in the mid-50s things came together for awhile.
Connie | January 2021 | Portland, OR