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Join Wesley Theological Seminary’s Center for Public Theology and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute for the Washington, D.C. premiere of the documentary, “An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story.”
Even today, Reinhold Niebuhr’s “Serenity Prayer” remains one of the most quoted writings in American literature. Yet Niebuhr’s impact was far greater, as presidents and civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. often turned to Niebuhr’s writings for guidance and inspiration on the most volatile political and social issues of the 20th century. Niebuhr rose from a small Midwest church pulpit to become the nation’s moral voice — America’s conscience — during some of the most defining moments in American history.
Rich in archival material, the documentary includes interviews with former President Jimmy Carter, civil rights leader Andrew Young, New York Times writer David Brooks, author Susannah Heschel, and a host of internationally recognized historians and theologians.
Following the screening, enjoy a panel discussion and reception featuring filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and Rev. Dr. Josiah Young, Wesley Theological Seminary Professor of Systematic Theology. Additional panelists will be announced soon. The discussion will be moderated by former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry, who is currently director of the Center for Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary.
This event is being co-sponsored by the Center for Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.